It's Your Library; Check it Out!

When I was growing up, my sisters and I would return home, help my Mom get ready for supper and then help to clean up after supper. When finished, it was “homework” time. When doing our homework, my parents always made themselves available to answer our questions or to help with assignments. If their help was not needed, they stuck around and read whatever was interesting to them. It was only later that I realized that they were modeling the importance of reading to my sisters and me.
We’ve just added a new book to the collection called: “How to Raise a Reader” by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo. The authors make an interesting argument: “School is where children learn that they have to read…Home is where kids learn to read.” Thinking about that statement, I think my parents (and many others) were ahead of their time! The first point the authors make after their beginning argument is that in order for kids to learn reading, parents have to get back to reading themselves! The key messages of this book help to reinforce the reason for a public library as well:
  • Children who read at home learn faster and excel academically
  • Children who read at home are better at self-regulation
  • Children who read at home learn better impulse control
  • Children who read at home pay better attention
  • Children who read at home set goals and figure out how to achieve them
The final neat part about this book is that the authors have lists and recommendations of books for your children to read. The book is divided into age ranges and each section provides advice in what to help your child look for: Humor, Friendship, Science, Nature and many other topic areas. For those of you with kids in school, you might want to take a peek at this book! I promise it is an easy and quick read.
Two other important books on learning have recently been added to the collection, you might want to take a look at these as well:
            1) “Middle School Matters: the 10 key skills kids need to learn to thrive in middle
                 and beyond – and How Parents Can Help” by Phyllis Fagell
            2) “The Years that Matter Most: how College makes or breaks us” by Paul Tough
I have been beating the drum on “reading” for the last several weeks, I invite you to stop by the Library and take a look at all the new items we have added to the collection. You never know what you or your child might find to read!