The library is a great place to bring back memories and make new ones

I lost my mother this past July and since that time, I’ve been reminiscing about my life. One of the things I remember clearly about my childhood is my mother expressing the importance of being a good reader. I recall my father bringing home The Lansing State Journal every Sunday. Mom would cheerfully call my younger sister, Tracy, and me into the living room and ask us to pick out two articles. 

We would run to our room and quickly practice reading our selections. Afterward, mom and dad participated as our captive audience while we took turns reading aloud. Mom always had a pen and paper to jot down words we mispronounced. My parents always clapped after each reading. They were definitely great cheerleaders. 

When we finished reading, mom shared the list of missed words and then it was time to grab our notebooks, write down each word that we struggled with, look up the definition in the dictionary, write out the italicized version and put it into a sentence. Mom always had the speak and spell handy when needed. Looking back, she would have been an awesome school teacher.

During junior high, one of my teachers, Mr. Phil Booth Sr., often asked students to read aloud. Thanks to my mom, I was always eager and ready. Classmates often told me they resented when they were called on. It was then that I realized: wow, I have a pretty cool mom! This life experience empowered me to have courage and confidence when speaking in front of small and large groups. In fact, it still helps me today. THANKS, MOM!

Since my childhood, one of my favorite places to visit regularly is the library. It’s packed with a wealth of information. This fall, if you are in need of inspiration, I would encourage you to visit your local library. Here are a few of the benefits:

Cozy atmosphere  Libraries offer great seating areas and nice tables where you can spread out and enjoy several books and magazines at one time. If you need more privacy, some libraries offer small conference rooms to study or work on projects.

Books on CD  I love listening to books on CD while traveling in the car. During your next visit to the library be sure to visit this section and tell them Kimberly sent you!                                                                     

Awesome staff  Everyone is kind and helpful in making sure patrons find what they are looking for. I love my library families, cheers to CADL and DTDL.

Free Events I would encourage you to like your local library page(s) on social media and also inquire about email mailing lists. The library offers several free events during the year for ages 1-100+


Kimberly Whitfield is the owner of Kimberly Inspiring Beauty in Strength, a fitness instructor at Michigan State University and Trinity A.M.E. Church; a bodybuilder, and a public speaker.  Visit her on the web at for a list of her classes. 


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