The Library as a Resource for Parents and Children
More than ever, in a world increasingly dominated by technology, libraries are highly interactive spaces where children can access content as well as books, digital experiences as well as literary stimulation. By joining a local library, parents can:
- Avail of engaging and creative activities for children. Libraries often host workshops and programmes that change seasonally. These include summer reading programmes, storytelling sessions, creative workshops, book clubs etc. You can be sure to find something that will interest your child.
- Ask questions and get expert answers. You might already have access to online information but your local librarian is there to impart their wisdom; parents can take advantage of their experience in the world of books and in dealing with children’s reading needs.
- Use the library as the perfect place to get to know new people and get involved in the literary life of a town or city. The library is a place where parents can go with their children for dedicated reading time and to meet and converse with other parents and children.
The library is fundamentally a resource for families. They provide an endless supply of books in a time when everything has become more expensive. Libraries are the best literacy resource we have. Every child can access books through their library and experience the benefits of reading and story-telling in a warm and safe environment which fosters a strong sense of community. A child’s love of books may begin at home but the library is the perfect public space in which a child can share that love of books and reading.
Libraries also bridge the gap between home and school. Students spend about 30% of their daily lives in formal education. Outside of this time, statistics show that many children are not exposed to further learning opportunities in the home. Libraries are uniquely placed to provide these opportunities in the form of reading experiences, both communal and individual.