Friday, September 11, 2015

Let’s Celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month

Let’s Celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month
by Susan Stephenson,

September is Library Card Sign Up Month in the USA, and something to be celebrated wherever in the world you live.

What would you say if I told you you can give your children something really simple that will open up the world to them? No, it’s not a passport. What would you say if I told you this one simple thing can provide them with entertainment, answers to questions, and a wealth of learning? No, it’s not a computer. This simple thing is no bigger than a credit card, but it’s free (where I live.)

It’s a library card! And in a way I lied, because it IS a kind of passport - a passport to distant lands via books and videos. A library card is also a magical talisman, something your kids will learn to value as it brings them wonderful stories and introduces them to amazing facts.

Being a member of a library is a a great gift. You have the chance to get to know other members and share activities with them. From Storytime to making to bookclubs, you have the right to participate and enjoy. Having a library card also brings responsibility as our kids learn that borrowed items must be shared with others, and looked after carefully.

By making sure our kids have their own library cards, we are encouraging them to choose what they want to read. Not all their choices will be great successes. Sometimes they’ll be beguiled by a TV character on a front cover, yet wander off or yawn during that particular read-aloud. Trial and error is how we all learn. Through regular choosing and borrowing, children will own their own reading, and come to love it more and more.

Do your kids have their own library cards? If not and your local library offers this free service, I have five more words for you: What are you waiting for?

Library card image credit: Kathryn Harper on Flickr 

If you're interested in encouraging kids to read, you might like to check out the Reading button in the right sidebar, or browse Activities for Children's Book Week 2015, A List of Book-Related Special Days for Kids, and Ten Read-Aloud Lessons from Preschoolers

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