Libraries are such valuable resources for students and parents alike. Their
continued existence relies on the public availing themselves of these
services. Not only will learning to love the library open your student
to a wealth of reading and learning opportunities, but libraries also
play an integral part of a student’s college career. The sooner
they learn to get the most out of their school and community libraries,
the better! There are ways for you to help get your student to love the library.
It’s never too early to start
Community libraries offer a wealth of fun activities for younger visitors.
Activities include story times, crafts and some US libraries boast impressive
Lego centers too. Toys, games and activities make the library a fun place
for younger students. It’s easy to join; just take your ID down
and register. The best thing about libraries is that they are free. This
offers families a wealth of activities and learning opportunities without
burdening them with extra costs.
Fostering a love for books and reading when students are young will give
them a real edge. They not only read faster, but have improved vocabulary
and communication skills. Their writing is better and they learn something
new with each and every book.
Libraries also encourage a natural curiosity as students are encouraged
to ask questions and can find the answers to any question at their library.
Libraries foster a sense of community and help families from the same
neighbourhood to connect.
Get your students their own library cards. When they are able to pick
their own books, they are more likely to read them. If your student liked
a movie, go to the library and get them the book so that they are more
likely to read it. Harry Potter and the Twilight series of books have
improved teen reading statistics dramatically.
You can ask your librarian for a schedule of events to ensure that you
don’t miss out. Be a good role model by reading books yourself.
Your regular library visits should be as important as other school activities
like sports practices.
If your student is reticent to read a whole book, encourage them to try
magazines. The library will have a large collection of magazines and they
are sure to find something that interests them. Also suggest comic books
and Manga comics as these offer a good introduction to reading. Any reading
helps to improve language skills and adds to the perception that books
and libraries are fun.
The library has played an integral part in communities for decades and
it will only continue to do so if parents and students make the library
a big part of their lives.