I am Mrs. Cox, the librarian at Stansbury Park Elementary School. I have to admit that I have the best job at the school and am lucky enough to have been here for many years. I am fortunate that I interact with every student in the school and surround myself with children’s literature.
I grew up in Crewe and Nantwich, Cheshire, England. British schools are smaller than their American counterparts and discipline is strict. Those of you who are Harry Potter readers will be interested to know that students really are divided into “houses” and there are four houses at each school. I belonged to the Dutton House, named after an ancient Cheshire knight. I wore a school uniform of brown and yellow every day. Prefects walked the halls of the school waiting for students sneaking in late. Unfortunately, my school experience did not give me the opportunity to learn to play Quidditch or take wizard lessons.
I studied the following subjects at college level: History, Geography, General Studies and English Literature.
I came to the United States permanently in order to marry my husband who is from Salt Lake City. It was the bravest thing I have ever done, because I came on my own. All of my family at that time lived in England. I had to get used to driving on the “wrong” side of the road and learned to spell so many words in two different ways. Even cooking was different than I had been used to in England.
My husband and I have four children (two boys and two girls) and nine grandchildren. We have lived in Lake Point for the past twenty-three years. We chose this location because we have always kept horses. Now we only have one horse, named Otis. We have not moved from our house in Lake Point, but two of our children graduated from Tooele High, one from Grantsville High and the last from Stansbury High School. Go Buffaloes, Cowboys and Stallions!
My ideal vacation is to go back to England and visit family, and walk the quaint streets of Nantwich with the medieval buildings and old church; and to see my sister who lives on the Isle of Wight, located off the south coast of England.
One of my favorite childhood memories is of being taken to Smith’s book store in Nantwich and picking out my weekly book purchase. I grew up loving to read, and I believe that it was because of my parents who encouraged me to buy a new book with my weekly allowance. The height of disobedience for me was hiding under my blankets with a flashlight, reading when I should have been sleeping.
I love encouraging students at Stansbury Park Elementary School to read good books. I share books with them that they may not pick for themselves. There is nothing better than to see a student make the transition from being reluctant to read to becoming an avid reader. It is my hope that all students at the school discover the joy of reading.
Parents, if you happen to find your child hiding under the bed covers with a flashlight and a book, please be lenient… they may grow up to be a librarian!