Libraries are a fundamental hub for learning and connecting in communities. And often we hear about how great they are for supporting families and children, from birth through adulthood.
From story times, to book clubs, summer reading programs, as well as other learning opportunities for everyone in the family. And of course they are a great resource for parents to access books for their kids, and about kids too.
But one of the things that is often overlooked is the value that the children's section librarian can bring to your classroom, or daycare. Yeah, to your business, even if it's a private for profit entity.
Librarians can help assist you with books on so many topics including how to create learning centers, or holiday art, or great first books to read. They know things like there is a series of books, and they cover these topics. And they know where they are in the library!
A librarian can be an incredible resource and partner for you, and can make a lot of great suggestions too. You show up with a question "we are studying pigs, manners, and mud - help?". And they will smile, maybe even laugh and say have you considered __________? And just like that, you have a start!
Sometimes too, they may lead you to things you didn't know you could check out. An example could be puppets, or flannel board characters. And they may even have extra resource ideas and activities, where you can grab a sheet, and then create that as a lesson in your classroom. It's even possible they may have bookmarks, and that you can have one for every student in your classroom - all for free.
I get it, we can find a lot on the internet now. But hands on is wonderful, and a "guide" in the form of a librarian can be the gift of support you didn't even know you needed. Have you been to the library lately? Maybe it's time you stopped in.
Safe and happy travels!
We know the key to success starts way before school, and Pre-K to the end of Third Grade is the significant foundation for learning success.
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