I'm not sure that people understand the key role that libraries play in early education, and education in general. In fact this is a crisis of covid that really never got any attention. Libraries very often are the only early education that children in their community get.
It could be story time, or a craft project, or even a summer reading program. But it's also a resource of free books for children to be able to learn about the bigger world around them. Another way that they choose to intentionally invest in early education, is in creating programs for the parents. In fact libraries are in a unique position to help parents learn how to help their child to develop literacy skills.
And we know that when a child learns from an early age that reading is an essential part of life (not just learning), they develop habits early on to continue reading. Remember kids are learning how to read, up and through the third grade, and then they are reading to learn. A library plays a key role in showing children how to access resources, from an early age.
The child that asks the librarian if there are any books on dinosaurs, or how to paint, or whatever else they are currently interested in; and then sees that YES, there is even more than they knew available to look at, and see, and read (or have read to them), to learn. That magic of inspiration is something that they can take forward through life, even into being an adult learner that is still accessing information in ways that make sense, using the latest technology and resources available.
They also very often serve as a refuge for the homeless, and can give kids a sense of normalcy, and hope, and learning by being a safe haven.
Libraries are a cornerstone of communities; and they are also a cornerstone of education, and early education too.
Safe and happy travels!
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