I was surprised when reading the column published recently headlined ‘The importance of reading’. It states that about 40 percent of the pupils indicated that they have not seen the inside of a library.
Every child should remember the saying, ‘Show me a child with a book in hand and I will show you a future leader’. I only hope and pray libraries do not become obsolete.
If that does happen, it will be a sad day. Libraries are the cornerstone of any community development and reading in particular helps individuals to go places. My appeal to parents is to play a critical role in their future and encourage children to join libraries.
They must enjoy going to the library. Schools are producing shocking and unsatisfactory results because they lack facilities such as libraries. Some of us need to take the heed of Nelson Mandela when he said ‘Not a day goes by when I don’t read every newspaper I can lay my hands on, wherever I am.’ Please parents, start by getting your children to enjoying reading our community newspapers.