Library visits and learning to read
Why should you take the time out of your weekend or afternoon to visit the library if your child already does so during school hours?
Here are my seven reasons as to why you should visit your local library:
- You’re promoting the idea of sharing within the community. Many children have been brought up to expect everything new. Libraries promote the idea that we can share wonderful resources, take care of them and lend them to someone else. Lucy’s Book is a great read to instil this!
- Community activities. Many libraries run after school clubs and activities. This is a wonderful way to meet other people in your community who are like minded. These activities are often free or at a minimal price and may run over school holidays.
- Libraries promote a love of learning – forever. There are many different sections and types of reading material in the library which allows your child to see beyond the picture books.
- Borrowing books promotes a love of reading which in turn helps literacy skills!
- You learn how to research through books and well designed online material. Help your child to know that research isn’t just a google search – show them a book and the index page – they will gain so much more knowledge this way!
- You can borrow talking books, music and movies! There are so many different ways to learn and through the library your child can find the best way they can enjoy literature.
- Librarians are great. They are passionate about books and are there to help the youngest of readers. Say hello to your librarian and tell them what you are reading – there is a chance they haven’t had time to read that latest book and they love hearing your thoughts!