Public libraries provide families with a welcoming environment to learn, connect with other families and find community resources. Libraries also help families prepare for school success, even before the child enters kindergarten. The bonus is public libraries are free resources.
Inside a library you’ll find books, media and activities that help children begin their literacy journey and promote a lifetime of learning.
Check your local library’s website and social media pages to find a wide range of programming.
Here are some of the ways your library can impact your whole family:
Early Literacy Programs: We already know that literacy-rich early learning experiences contribute to the reading readiness of young children and help develop reading proficiency in K-3rd graders. Libraries play a key role in these ways:
- Story time promotes early literacy skills in a fun, social environment.
- The environment engages multiple senses and promotes self-directed, experiential learning.
- Staff support parents and caregivers in learning simple early literacy practices to help children get ready to read.
School-Age and Teen Programs: Libraries provide older children a space to exist away from home and school and be immersed in a book or activity for a few hours. For example,
- Children can participate in things like science experiments, art and crafts and fun games that offer a lighter side of learning since most school-age and teens are coming in after a long day at school.
- Friendships among children at this age tend to bloom at the library. The library environment can help children build relationships easier than in school settings.
- Technology is available for academics or personal interests. Computers are monitored by librarians and offer a safe place for internet use and schoolwork.
- Homework help is offered at many locations staffed by volunteers who sit one-on-one with children.
- Summer reading programs are offered to help a child’s brain stay active over the break.
Adults: Public libraries offer a wide range of resources for adult learning and recreation. Consider these activities:
- Book clubs offer a wide variety of genres to provide networking opportunities. Participating in these clubs is also a good way to form friendships.
- Libraries have free classes on topics like resume writing, career navigating and more.
- Adults can have access to technology for educational or personal purposes.
Learn Through Play Daily Activities: March
Help children learn through play by using one of the following age-specific monthly calendars that feature daily activities.
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