Kid Lit Reviews is pleased to welcome Paul R. Hewlett, aka Lionel Snodgrass. Paul’s Christmas story, Lionel’s Christmas Adventure: Lionel Learns the True Meaning of Christmas, will be reviewed here tomorrow, Monday, December 8, 2013. (Click here to view the review.) Today, Paul is here to tell you about a fantastic program that helps parents and children get more out of their local library.
CHILDREN AND THE LIBRARY
by Paul R. Hewlett
I came across a great article a while ago in TheTimesTribune.com and it got me thinking about ways to get children to become more involved in reading. The article told the story of children drawing scenes from their favorite books in chalk on the front steps of the local library. What a wonderful idea.
I have always believed introducing children to libraries and reading at a young age is paramount to developing a lifelong love of reading. My own grandson is only one yet my daughter always has books around and reads to him. He loves looking at the pictures and turning the pages (good thing children’s books are durable).
it now, kids drawing on the sidewalk, parents learning more about libraries—for themselves as well as their kids—and everyone getting a nice smile viewing the pictures the children draw. I can see Harry Potter playing Quidditch now.
There are many ways to get children more involved in reading and the Lane Libraries and the Fort Hamilton Hospital Foundation are also doing just that. Take a look at this article discussing their plan to turn babies into readers. It’s called the Raise A Reader Program. With this program parents are being taught about the importance of pre-literacy skills. They are donating board story books, a Lane Library Book Bag, and get this, a certificate for the child’s first library card! What a wonderfully creative program.
I believe these are great ideas. The folks at Lackawanna County Children’s Library and Lane Libraries surely think so. I am planning on bringing these ideas up to my local library. What do you think? Can you think of anything to add? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Paul R. Hewlett
[top right photograph by Kinga Lipp, http://www.sxc.hu/profile/hirvike]