Libraries are the perfect summer “field trip” for families, neighborhoods, and even for childcare centers and day camps. Getting a library card is free and easy. This provides our children access to a wealth of reading material. We all know the studies that show children with greater access to books are better readers. What better way to give children books than to visit the library on a regular basis?
And remember, libraries have lots more than books! They are places that parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other friends can take children on a hot or even rainy summer day for added fun. Most libraries offer computer time, even to our youngest children. Special programs invite children to explore book characters, read-alouds, and plot related games. Quiet corners provide space for children to cuddle with a much-loved book.
Libraries want children to feel welcome and often offer puzzles and blocks that stimulate the mind and make children feel this is a place just for them.
So, “check-out” your local library this summer. We are sure there will be lots to experience!
NAEYC - 2.E.04; 2.H.03; 2.L.05
Head Start - II.A.; V.A.; VII.A.
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