Saturday, May 23, 2015

A to Z: Love Your Library

Libraries -- the most amazing collections of imaginations!

What would we do without libraries? Suffer greatly. True, a shift to ebooks has hurt the libraries for a time, but there is nothing that can compare to the joy and feel of a physical book in your hands. 

Turning the pages, 

          smelling the paper, 

                    feeling the texture as you flip through a book for the first time, 

                              the rustle of the paper as you turn it to discover what comes next, 

the excitement on a child's face as they insist you haven't turned the picture to them fast enough or long enough.... 

Priceless for sure.

Our children experience the abundance of books, the love of sharing and respect for taking care of them at the library. 

Story time is popular, computers with interactive books and other educational programs are generally available. 

Sadly, there are many children who have never owned their own book. With the number of illiterate adults in the world, it's not really a surprise, but the shock of handing a child a book and seeing the awe fill their eyes when they thank you and say, "I've never had my very own book before!" is enough to bring you to tears.

We need to treasure our books, the millions out there already and the countless still to come. Treasure them and share them. Do our part to make sure that some day no school aged child will ever be able to say those words again.

Perhaps if your local library doesn't have a program, you can encourage them or even start one up yourself. Summer is coming. Schools will be closed. Take your kids to the library. Encourage them to read. Pass along unwanted, gently used books that they've outgrown to other children. You may be surprised at how much a bound collection of paper can mean to someone. 

Trust him... he's the Doctor.

"But you don't have to take my word for it." - Reading Rainbow

Today's three selected blog by librarians

  1. Jenny Arch - Lively, easy reading from a librarian. Not an every day post, but consistent.
  2. Mr. Library Dude - In depth posts on the "behind the scenes" of library "life"... Informative & enjoyable.
  3. Screwy Decimal - Cute, entertaining, librarian obviously in the kids section. Love it!

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