It is widely held that one of the best ways to teach children to read and instill a love of reading in them, is by reading to them.  For almost 50 years Judy Volc was with the Boulder Public Library – first as a librarian, but when her position was cut almost 10 years ago she continued as a volunteer story reader.  Yet Volc was dismissed as a volunteer earlier this year by Boulder’s Library Director.  Even the Library Commission was blindsided by this decision and urged the Director to reconsider, to no avail.  I have a friend who grew up listening to Ms. Volc read stories, and who credits her love of reading  – and writing – to this important part of her childhood.  Needless to say, this decision has been wildly unpopular.  One Boulder resident who opposed the decision compared it to “dismissing Santa from Christmas.”

Think of your childhood and those adults who read to you.  What kind of impact did it have?  If you wrote a letter to the Library Director, what would you say to get her to change her mind?