“Timing is everything, in education as in many other fields. It’s not enough to teach well. You have to teach well to kids who are ready to learn, kids who are developmentally ‘ripe’ for learning.”
- Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax

Thursday, April 2, 2009

BTT: Libraries

How often do you use your public library and how do you use it? Has the coffeehouse/bookstore replaced the library? Did you go to the library as a child? Do you have any particular memories of the library? Do you like sleek, modern, active libraries or the older, darker, quiet, cozy libraries?

I love the library! I take my sons every week for story time, and the majority of the books I read come from the library. I usually only buy a book if I have already read it from the library and know that I want to own it. It doesn't matter to me if a library is old or new, as long as it has a good selection of books.

I am also grateful that our library here in Utah has a good story time for my kids. We lived in a small town in Missouri for a couple of years and their libraries weren't very successful at doing story time. I don't know if it was the size of the town, or just the people who lived there, but we went a few times and usually there was only one other kid. The library here in Utah has story time three days of the week, and they have divided it into two groups - toddlers and preschoolers. Their are always tons of people there and I think that is great! I am grateful that the community is supportive of the library and a lot of people seem to understand the importance of books and reading.

The library has always been an important part of my life, and I am making it a big part of my children's lives too!


Anonymous said...

I was such a magnet to libraries when I was young. I still remembered that sensation of getting my library card---that felt so privileged and special!

I love reading my own books at the library these days! :) That said, I'm justified to visit my favorite bookstores almost every other day. But when I need to find out about new authors and reference materials, I turn to the library.

Shimmy Mom said...

That is so funny that you mentioned the libraries in Missouri, because I thought the same thing when we lived there (Illinois aren't much better BTW)

I have return them on time issues, so we don't use the library very often, but I am thankful that they are there when we need them.