Unlike many librarians, Patricia Ann Kettles did not have an easy time learning how to read. Held back in school and labeled “emotionally disabled,” she can readily relate to kids who may be having a hard time. The Staten Island librarian read her first book at the age of 10. She credits one special teacher with helping to build her confidence and that, in turn, led to breaking the pattern of failure. Read her inspiring account here in this NYTimes article.