About the Reading Room
Why I Host The Reading Room
By Mrs. Lawrenson
The Reading Room is a dream come true for me. When I was a child, I was very lonely and
unhappy. Now days many children go to the library after school but in my day almost all of
the children went home. My home was not a place where I felt safe or cared for so I went
to the library. I went to the library every day. I found a whole different life in
If you listen to the theme song of the Reading Room it says that you can travel far and
let your imagination be your guide if you read a book. It is true. The discovery of the
library, free books, and the gift of reading came to mean everything to me. I said from
the time I was very young, that I wanted to give that gift to other children.
I went to college to become a teacher and then I went to college again to become a
special reading teacher. I love to teach children to read. I also love to help children
understand the magic of books. Reading is knowledge. Yes, it is fun. Yes, it is
imagination. Yes, it is stories. But, it is also a very special kind of learning. Every
book you read teaches you something you did not know before.
You may read "Goosebumps", you may read dog stories, or you may choose
science fiction. The selection is up to you. Any book you read will help you gain an
understanding of something you did not know before you read it. That is part of the magic
of reading. The world is all there for you. You choose!
As I said, the Reading Room is a dream come true for me because it lets me come into
your home and share with you some of the things that are special to me. That is a real
privilege. I bring you a reading lesson, a really good story (most of my books are award
winners or classics) and a craft, puppets and guests. I will show you some letters or art
that has been given to me by children who watch the show and I will ask you to send me
some of your ideas for stories or pictures or things you like and want to share with
others who watch the show.
Contact me at JLResource@aol.com, or by
clicking the Feedback link below