Today, Eliana, my 8 year old daughter, and I went to the library. It was a special trip because she was getting her very own library card. It may not seem like a big deal to you but it is a very big deal to a third grader! This means that she’s a “big girl,” growing up just a little bit more.
I taught Eliana how to use the computer catalog to perform searches and find books. Then we had a lesson on how to find a book by its call number. She learned about the Dewey decimal system and how nonfiction is categorized. Using the call numbers, she found all her books on her own. Eliana checked out 8 books – 7 cookbooks (for ideas and inspiration for her new blog, Eliana Cooks!) and one book on becoming a chef.
Finally, she checked her books out by herself using the self-service check-out machine. She loved that.
Going to the library with your children is important. Not only are you putting your valuable tax dollars to work, you are encouraging literacy, supporting your community, and exposing your children to another world through the power of books. Here are some of the services and products the library offers:
* WiFi (wireless internet) access
* Computer use
* DVDs and CDs
* Book Clubs
* Meeting rooms
* Author Visits
* Art Showings
* Books, books, and more books!
So get your children a library card and check out the library! Here’s to the power of reading!
Until next time…