There are numerous reasons why children need to understand that there are many different ways to acquire information. They may have to work in different environments as an adult, which will require learning new things. Libraries are sources of information on government, recreation and employment. In today’s world, people do not need to know everything; they just need to know how to research information. When you introduce your child to the library, make that visit a positive experience.
If you are taking a toddler, make a beeline for the children’s section. Keep your child engaged and the visits fairly short. Not all libraries allow children under the age of five to have library memberships or admission itself is restricted to children below that age of five. Use your card if necessary and help your child select a book to check out. Do not expect to browse the magazine/newspaper section or look for interesting reading material for yourself on these trips until your child has an understanding of library protocol.
When children are very young, visits to the library are primarily for pleasure, not research. When the child is three or four years old, it is a good idea to let your child see you searching for a specific item in the library. Before your child is the age of five or six, most of the searches you work on together will be for the purpose of finding books that your child prefers to read—books written by a certain children’s author or illustrator. You and your child may also look for books about your child’s favorite subjects (pets, vehicles) or seek more information on a question your child has raised.
Importance of library in education and overall learning process cannot be ignored.There are many other reasons to visit your library. Some libraries offer a large variety of learning materials to check out as well as scheduled group activities for young patrons. Children’s story hours are often held weekly during different seasons of the year. Librarians may use puppets, audio-visual media, arts and crafts. Some libraries let patrons borrow puppets to use with the accompanying stories. There are CDs and audiotapes of music and poetry, educational CD-ROMs for computer use, and packets of children’s books and DVD’s to accompany the puppets.
Some libraries also provide parent education programs, such as how to use public broadcasting services for the benefit of your child. Also available at libraries are a wide assortment of reference materials that review children’s books and give book titles for recommended reading by age groups. Visiting the library is certainly a good choice for an outing. This will serve you well as you seek ways to provide wonderful reading and writing experiences for your child while conveying a love for learning.
A great way to introduces the local library and its delights