Letters to the Editor: Parental involvement is key; Lake Wylie library is 25 years old

April 6, 2014 

Parental involvement key to child’s success

I was very interested in your Common Core analysis in (last week’s) Lake Wylie Pilot. It brought back memories of almost 50 years ago when my children were in preschool.

I had a friend who taught early grades and, in conversation, complained about how schools were changing how reading would be taught. Colored vowels were being used to teach how each vowel could sound differently. For example, red would be the short sound, green being long, etc. Of course, when books were used, all vowels were black. I decided immediately I would teach my children what I feel is the best way to learn – standard phonics. All of my children were reading books from the library from the age of 4. Good reading skills are the cornerstone of all other education. If one can read well, one can learn about almost anything by reading about it.

I also taught them the basic concepts of numbers and math. Then came the “new math.” Being an adult and pretty good in math, I understood the concept. But I couldn’t understand how the method could possibly help children understand. I could only see real confusion for the kids who did not already have basic understanding of numbers.

So the changes in the manner of teaching in schools in not a new thing. It has been going on for many years, good and bad.

And I wholly agree trade schools, which have disappeared, should be re-established. If all children are pushed into high tech and engineering types of education, who is going to have the skills to fix plumbing problems, install air-conditioning, build houses and buildings, open small businesses, etc.? We will always need these types of trades.

My children have grown into successful adults with good careers. Although I am very proud of each of them, I do not write this to brag. My point is parental guidance and help in the early stages is important to the success of a child’s education, in addition to (or in spite of) what and how the schools are teaching. The more a parent is involved, the better the chance a child will excel.

Barbara Rowley

Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie library is 25

Amazing and true: The Lake Wylie library is 25 years old!

The creation of this branch of the county library came about from a perfect storm of a community on the verge of growth, citizens willing to make it happen with hard work and donations, and a library staff up to the challenge.

A community committee chaired by a library board member, Toni Steedman, dedicated efforts over seven years to raise $120,000 of the $480,000 needed to build the branch. The group worked with library director David Lyon and Craig Gaulden Davis architecture firm to create a setting that is as appealing these 2 1/2 decades later.

Upon completion of the branch, the director hired Dean Boyd as manager. Boyd was the perfect choice to get our new branch off to a great start. Her dedication to detail and putting the patron first was an excellent example for staff. We began with 5,000 titles, opened 33 hours per week and had 3 staff members.

We have grown to house 32,681 titles, open 6 days/48 hours per week and serve patrons with six staff members.

Over the years, inevitably, there have been changes in technology, the community and staff. As one who has participated since opening day on May 6, 1989, the constant that makes this job a joy is the caliber of the Lake Wylie patron. From our friends we’ve known since the start to our new residents, the people who visit our branch library are a pleasure to serve.

Thank you for a wonder-filled beginning. We look forward to serving Lake Wylie for many years to come.

Nancy Monts-Rayfield

Lake Wylie librarian

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