I grew up in Vietnam without reading a story book until I was 11 years old. I did not know there was such thing as a library or books that are not school textbooks. One day I was chatting to my lovely neighbour, who turned out to be a librarian at my school, about having to write a story for my language class. I told her that I had no idea what to write and she suggested that I visit her at the school library where she can lend me some books to give me some ideas. I did exactly that the next day and borrowed Cinderella. I have not stopped reading since. I borrowed book after book and after I read them I told the stories to my little sister.
Years later, after we migrated to America, I visited my local library and knew instantly that I wanted to work there. I applied for a job as a shelfer and started part time work while I was attending college. By the time I got my bachelor degree, I knew I wanted to work in libraries for the rest of my life. I enrolled to study for a master degree in Library and Information Science and qualified in 1998. My first professional post was reference librarian in a public library. In 2000 I moved to England and started working for a charity as an assistant cataloguer. I am now a cataloguer and technical system support librarian at the same organisation.
That's my root/route and I'm hoping to continue working in libraries for a long time to come.