In many communities, and more importantly in many libraries, I am sure there are a myriad of potential writers: in all sorts of genres. In reviewing biographies of writers and poets alike, such as Michael Anthony and Pablo Neruda, one can always see a common pattern (a love for books and reading). Through such an activity children are able to develop their vocabulary as well as open the door to creative talents.
As a result, libraries and their dedicated librarians must be able to ensure that appropriate initiatives, such as the “It’s All Write” Short Story Contest sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, are introduced together with the many activities of the library whether it’s a public, academic or school library. I agree, as librarians, our roles are very diverse and continuous. Yet, in this way we can always be sure to open the doors to our children’s potential at any age.
Even at home, parents must ensure that books, both fiction and non-fiction) are available for their children. Even taking time from their busy schedules as working parents to enjoy a good book. Thus, I am sure that many notable writers, journalists, poets and other talented creators would have gotten the opportunity to embrace their full potential.
More information on the annual “It’s All Write” Short Story Contest can be found here: http://www.aadl.org/events/itsallwrite