- When kids are given the opportunity to choose their own books, DVDs, CDs, Comics, they are developing their sense of identity; feeding their passions; exploring their special interests
Dr Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
- Libraries often have Lego clubs and special events for kids which further support children’s interests in a relaxed way (e.g. superhero themed days).
- The life skill of independent borrowing at the library sets kids up for a lifetime of intrinsically motivated, inquiry based learning and play (selecting and counting books, taking them to the counter to borrow or practising their own self-borrowing, reading/enjoying, looking after the books, and returning them to swap for new books)
- It’s a fun routine, to regularly visit the local library – whether alone for some ‘down time’, or with a friend or two
- It’s a cost effective (free), sustainable and space saving option to access an enormous range of reading/listening/viewing material
“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting”. –Lady Montagu
- Parents/carers/educators can get stuck into the wonderful resources available around the subject of play
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King
- Nurturing a love of books and reading is one of the most important ways a child can exercise and enjoy their imagination; and a childhood full of rich play experiences demands imagination!
“Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.”
― Neil Gaiman,
- Imagine the stories and play sequences born from regular reading – bedtime, morning time, at the beach, on a park bench, laying down on the grass, even travelling in the car…
Happy playing and reading!