National Libraries Week is April 9 – 15, 2017.
If you haven’t been to your public library lately, check out these 3 reasons why you need to boogie on over today!
Libraries connect you with new information
Reading to or with your child 20 minutes/day can help establish a lifelong habit of exploring new worlds and fact-finding. Introducing children to books at a young age increases their ability to recognize letters, associate sounds to letters and hold a book properly. If your child’s interests changes each week, that’s okay. You can just find a different book at no cost on the new topic the next time you visit the library!
If you need a book suggestion, then ask the librarian or check out this list of 100 Best Children’s Books.
Libraries connect you to electronic resources
If you feel like your smart device is smarter than you are, ask your librarian for help. They will be more than happy to help you learn how to use your device so you can access all of their resources. Besides books and videos, public libraries often allow patrons to access electronic resources like Overdrive or Flipster. Overdrive allows patrons to borrow audio and electronic books for free with your library card. Flipster gives library card holders access to magazines.
Libraries connect you with others
Libraries have regular storytimes that introduce new books to your child. Your library may have daytime, evening and weekend storytimes to accommodate family schedules. These storytimes may have a seasonal theme so you can continue to talk about the books and stories even outside of the library.
Jann Fujimoto, MS CCC-SLP, is a life-long library lover, speech-language pathologist and owner of SpeechWorks. SpeechWorks provides convenient speech therapy service to families in Lake Country by empowering children to be confident and competent communicators.