When I was in elementary school I used to sneak into the library during recess and smuggle out books in my backpack. That’s because the one check-out we were allotted per week was never enough for me. I’d have it finished in a day and be left wanting more.
Reading saved me. Reading made my life. I truly believe that.
I grew up in a chaotic household. My parents were divorced, my dad was out of state, and my mom was constantly working. Reading transported me all around the world, away from a reality I didn’t want to experience. While I consider reading the great joy of my youth, it also put me way ahead of my peers in regard to general intelligence (especially my vocabulary). It naturally does that, you know. When a child has a love of books, the sky is the limit. All things stem from words — and 8-year old Madison is the perfect example of that.
As Jezebel notes, the above video is from the grand opening of one of five Little Free Libraries in Cleveland. (Little Free Libraries is a “take a book, leave a book” system — boxes around the city filled with books where anyone can take from and contribute to.) Madison’s mother, Tracy, is a steward for one of the five boxes.
In the video, Madison is explaining to a photographer from WKYC Channel 3 how it works and why books are important:
“THE WORLD NEEDS BOOKS. WHAT WOULD THE WORLD BE LIKE WITHOUT BOOKS? They fuel our mind like cars and gas! The cars can’t go without gas, our brains can’t go without books! The world needs books! We. Need. Books!”
What is as obvious as Madison’s inherent sassiness and joy for reading is that she is clearly getting a lot of mental stimulation at home. Kids who are smart love to read. Kids who read are smart. It’s so important to read to your kids and give them access to your local library. There’s no excuse. Libraries are free.
It’s also worth noting that Jezebel reader, Isha Aran, says she’s Madison’s former teacher: “This makes my heart so happy to see this. I see lots of comments about how her parents must be doing the right thing; her Mom is a single parent, so it’s a feminist AND urban education win!”
Madison needs her own show. I would like to hear her thoughts on ALL THE THINGS. Now, can someone re-edit this video with the “Star Spangled Banner Playing” quietly in the background? Wait, no. “Chariots of Fire,” maybe?
Video/Image courtesy of YouTube