On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 1:26 PM, Gurumurthy K <itfc.stfk...@gmail.com> wrote:
> dear teachers,
> Wishing you all 'Happy learning' on Saraswathi Pooja day today. Perhaps the
> most important gift of learning we can give our students, is to make them
> fall in love with books.... through our school library... read story below
> ".... Working and living in migrant farmworkers’ fields, the conditions were
> pretty terrible. My parents were alcoholics, and I was beaten and abused and
> neglected. I learned to fight with a knife long before I learned how to ride
> a bicycle.
> When you are grinding day after day after day, there’s nothing to aspire to
> except filling your hungry belly. You may walk down the street and see a row
> of nice, clean houses, but you never, ever dream you can live in one. You
> don’t dream. You don’t hope.
> When I was twelve, a bookmobile came to the fields. I thought it was the
> Baptists, because they used to come in a van and give us blankets and food.
> So I went over and peeked in, and it was filled with books. I immediately —
> and I do mean immediately — stepped back. I wasn’t allowed to have books,
> because books are heavy, and when you’re moving a lot you have to keep
> things minimal. Of course, I had read in the short periods I was allowed to
> go to school, but I’d not ever owned a book.
> Fortunately, the staff member saw me and waved me in. I was nervous. The
> bookmobile person said, “These are books, and you can take one home. Just
> bring it back in two weeks.” I’m like, “What’s the catch?” He explained
> there was no catch. Then he asked me what I was interested in.
> The night before, an elder had told us a story about the day that Mount
> Rainier blew up and the devastation from the volcano. So I told the
> bookmobile person that I was nervous about the mountain blowing up, and he
> said, “You know, the more you know about something, the less you will fear
> it.” And he gave me a book about volcanoes. Then I saw a book about
> dinosaurs, and I said, “Oh, that looks neat,” so he gave me that. Then he
> gave me a book about a little boy whose family were farmers. I took them all
> home and devoured them.
> I came back in two weeks, and he gave me more books, and that started it. By
> the time I was fifteen, I knew there was a world outside the camps, and I
> believed I could find a place in it. I had read about people like me and not
> like me. I had seen how huge the world was, and it gave me the courage to
> leave. And I did. It taught me that hope was not just a word.
> When I left, I went to vocational school, and I graduated with a
> stenographer’s degree. Then, when Pierce County Library had an opening, I
> applied and was hired. I got to spend thirty-two years helping other people
> make a connection with the library. I have a deep, abiding commitment to
> them. Libraries save lives.
> read the rest of the article
> regards, Guru
> IT for Change, Bengaluru
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