• Library

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    Librarian: Barbara Winterberger

    Phone Number: 325-2920 Extension 1220
     

    Here are five good reasons your children goes to the library in school as well as should go to  your community library:

    • Regular library visits inevitably lead to more reading.

      And reading, as it turns out, is brain food!

      Research shows that reading actually aids in brain development, especially in your child's first five years of life. When kids are read to, their brain cells are literally turned on, and existing links among brain cells are strengthened and new cell links are formed.

      Reading is also one of the best activities to provide the foundational language and literacy skills your child needs to succeed. And let's not forget how reading aloud connects us -- reader and listener -- in a very intimate way. When we read to aloud to kids, we send them this message: You are important. This time is for you.

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    • When you visit the library, you can expose your children to more books and magazines than you can afford to buy.

       

      Sure, you can take your kids to the children's section of a nearby bookstore -- and you should! But if you're like most of us, you're on a budget and you have to cap their spend. But at the library, you can haul out as much as you can carry, turn your books back in as soon as they're read, and take home a whole new pile.

      Further, the "casual discovery" nature of a library -- browsing the stacks without pressure to buy -- allows kids to be serendipitous. There's no predicting what might catch their fancy, but, whatever it is, they can "test drive" it at low risk.

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    • The librarian can recommend books that you may not know of or think to suggest, broadening their tastes and expanding their minds and vocabularies.

       

      One of my young readers was a rough-and-tumble, car-obsessed little boy. Our home library was full of books about vehicles that I knew he'd like. But it was our children's librarian who introduced him to Ruth Krauss's classic picture book Big and Little (later reissued as And I Love You). I would never have guessed that he'd come to love this poetic book so tenderly, committing it to memory and naming his favorite stuffed black bear "Big Dark Street" after the book's comforting conclusion, "Big dark streets love little street lamps."

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    • Library time is active, not passive.

       

      Maybe in your mind the library is an eerily quiet place with lots of shushing. But today's youngest library patrons engage -- with books and magazines, with librarians, and with other kids. Most libraries offer regular children's programs that make stories come to life. (Think puppets, costumes, and animated storytellers.) And often this magic happens in cozy corners where kids flop down on big pillows and bean-bag chairs.

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    • Owning a library card teaches kids responsibility.

       

      As card-carrying library patrons, young kids learn about treating with care things that belong to others. When a kid checks out books in his own name, he feels trustworthy. He feels responsible. He feels more like a member of his community. A child's first library card is an early rite of passage.

    So get your child a library card -- and underscore its importance. Take a photo of the moment. Go out for ice cream to celebrate.

    Even better, go home and open a book.