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Desert Valley librarian turns childhood love of books into career

BULLHEAD CITY — What would be the dream job of a girl who loved books and considered school her favorite place to be?

Sonyia Roy was that girl; she’s now library media specialist at Desert Valley Elementary School.

“I feel like I have a dream job,” Roy said. “I get to teach kids to love books and to love reading.”

But the Desert Valley library these days goes far beyond just books. Roy spends some of her time helping students develop computer skills, and a portion of the library space is dedicated to hands-on learning tools such as Lego pieces and other building sets.

“The kids absolutely love it,” Roy said. “The library, when I was a kid, was just books and reading.”

Roy said children still like reading, with some books popular across all grades. It has gone high-tech as well, in that students can check out e-books.

One popular set of books is the “Pete the Cat” series by Kimberly Dean, James Dean and Eric Litwin.

Pete frequently finds himself with difficulties, but makes his way through them.

“He teaches us that the world changes, and it’s not worth throwing a fit over it,” Roy said. “You accept it, you move on and you smile about it.”

Roy typically opens the library for free time in the morning. She said there might be 60 students there, reading, checking out books or using art or building supplies.

A recent group was writing letters of appreciation to present to teachers on the last day of school.

Roy said her love for the library began when she was about kindergarten age.

“Once I learned to read, that library was my playground,” she said. “I could remember where all my favorites were.”

She said that what her younger self liked about books was their ability to transport the reader to another place or time.

Roy said

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