Have you ever said, "It's important for my children/students to read."

Dear Editor
Have you ever said, "It's important for my children/students to read." Have you also ever said or thought, "I don't have time to read." As a writer, I hear both of these statements back to back more times than I care to hear. Remember, children learn by modeling behavior. If reading is only something you do as a child or have to do as a teenager in school, it is a behavior quickly dropped. Let your children/students catch you reading books. Find time on the treadmill, while waiting for the dryer to ding, or instead of a TV show. The Public Library has once again started their adult summer reading program. Five books over the summer is the goal. The reward: a free soda/sundae and soda glass AND the chance to teach youth that reading is always fun.
Suzanne Arruda
Pittsburg