Children’s librarian Sally Meyers celebrates 30 years of her “Read to Me” program aimed at reading stories to children and increasing reading habits.
Meyers has worked with the Tom Green County Library for more than 30 years and has made a huge impact on people's lives here in West Texas. She believes reading is still crucial to children's life.
“I think that reading has brought people together with a cause and it has given the children a voice. I named it Read to Me because it’s a reminder to parents, grandparents, caretakers and family how important it is to read to children,” Meyers said.
Every five years, the “Read to Me” anniversary is filled with children, parents, and sometimes famous authors outside the library enjoying a family-filled event, but the pandemic slightly changed those plans this year. The anniversary is still being celebrated, just using social media and a virtual platform.
Meyers was used to reading to children right in front of her while they enjoy the stories she reads. Now she reads virtually at 10 a.m. Wednesdays on Facebook.
Even though it can be difficult because most of everything is online, Meyers recommends that parents get their children off of the devices and into reading physical books to keep their minds working.
Readaloud.org says reading to your child is an easy way to improve your child's chances at school. It will entertain and delight them and strengthen the bonds between you all. Children who are read aloud to by parents get a head start in language and literacy skills and go to school better prepared.
Meyers believes reading is fundamental for all children and has been involved in improving reading around San Angelo. In 2017, Meyers was involved in the revitalization of the one-time ‘blacks only’ Dunbar Library on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Meyers is among several residents who have promised to donate specialized collections of books and audiovisuals to the library to help conserve history in San Angelo.
Sally Meyers has been a pioneer in the West Texas community and values reading and passes on her love to children too.