What does this have to do with writing?
The reciprocity between reading and writing does not diminish with the age!
I distinctly remember being asked to ‘read the shelves’ by the media specialist who was there at the time and as I idled away at that mundane job, I was taking in much more than the condition and order of the books on the shelves. As I observed student activity in the library it occurred to me that students coming to the library did not appear to be engaged in their school work or reading – two primary activities I expected to see students engrossed in at the school library. After watching quietly on a few different occasions and being a bit reluctant to interfere, I finally asked a group of students who were clearly there simply to avoid study hall and to socialize with their friends, if they had some schoolwork to be doing. If not, I told them; perhaps they should consider finding something to read – they were in the library after all. One young man looked at me in disbelief, as he shook his head and stated emphatically “Don’t you know kids at Livermore Falls High School don’t read?” I have told this story numerous times and thinking back on it now, I never realized then what an impact that student’s comment would have on my professional career goals. Of course, I knew better than to interpret this student’s comment literally – that no students at LFHS read, but it was obvious to me that what was happening in the library at the time was not working to create a culture of reading in the school.