Have you ever wondered – why we still need books and why we still need a library?
Perhaps you might think that the internet has everything we need so why use up the extra space and paper?
Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs has recently been discussing the importance of libraries and the vital role they play in our children’s lives. Not only do they foster a positive reading culture but they allow children to see beyond their interest.
The internet can be a very closed space and we can search and be shown only what we want to see. When a child enters the library they do gravitate towards what they like but they can also be easily shown books by the librarian, parents or teacher that might be a little bit different and might just stretch their world a little further. Libraries promote a sense of community and hopefully encourage people to take care of the books that they need to share with others.
Perhaps next time rather than buying a book or downloading one, step into your library and see what else is on offer!