The Mother Should Be Booked

| Right | June 29, 2013

(I am in high school, and earn money by paging in a library in a low-income area. Pages do the ‘grunt work’ of a library—mostly putting away books and cleaning up after people. I spend a lot of time in the children’s section, and talk a lot with the kids.)

Seven-Year-Old Girl: *showing me a picture book* “This book is really cool!”

Me: “Is it? What’s it about?”

Seven-Year-Old Girl: “It has dragons, and horses, and a bad guy, and fighting!”

Me: “Wow, that sounds like a pretty good book. Are you going to check it out and take it home to read?”

Seven-Year-Old Girl: “No, I can’t.”

Me: “Why not?”

Seven-Year-Old Girl: “My mommy can’t read, and she says that she doesn’t want us to read. She says that books are dumb!”


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