My KDL Story: Myah Medendorp
"It's all Miss Barb's little touches that have made my kids such great readers. They have such different personalities, so it says a lot that Miss Barb could gel with them both so well..."
When you're 6 years old, having to wait five years for anything can be, quite literally, almost a whole other lifetime. But for Myah Medendorp, it was just her first five-year plan.
When her big brother, Cam, joined the KDL Teen Crew at age 11, Myah vowed that she too would sign up as soon as she was eligible. Year after year she rode along with their mother, Shannon, to drop off and pick up Cam from the Byron Township Branch, where his duties included showing families how to sign up for the Summer Reading program, helping out during programs for children and teens and attending the end-of-summer Teen Crew parties. "I told Mom, 'I think I can do that,'" Myah recalled. (With her hands on her hips for emphasis, Mom added.)
This summer, Myah's Teen Crew time arrived. Dressed in the crew's grey and black T-shirt, Myah staffed the information desk to show people how to register for Summer Reading. She helped out at a science program for kids and during a farm animal visit that included "a really big, I mean really big rooster," she said.
And she's looking forward to the end-of-summer Teen Crew party, as well as mapping out her next five-year plan. First thing: start saving for her first car, since Cam is already taking driver's training. Second, put her piano skills to work and make it into the jazz orchestra at school, one step above her brother, who plays drums and guitar in the school's jazz band. And third, visit the library as often as she can, since she never knows when she might not be able to read as often as she does now, which she admits is a lot.
"I love to read, and I really like Miss Barb," said Myah of longtime Byron Township Branch Youth Librarian Barb DeYoung.
"(Myah's) always reading," said her mom. "It's all Miss Barb's little touches that have made my kids such great readers. They have such different personalities, so it says a lot that Miss Barb could gel with them both so well. Gosh, I get teary-eyed just thinking about it."
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