This weekend, why not introduce your child to the world of books by visiting a local library? Here are some ways you can go about it.
By Leena Ghosh
“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one” - Neil Gaiman
Through this quote, the popular author perfectly explains the importance of a library in this digital age. As parents, whenever we plan a day’s outing for our kids, we think of malls, parks, activity centres or maybe even a resort in the outskirts of the city. The library is hardly ever the first choice.
However, when a child steps into the world of books, he not only learns a great deal about different concepts, but he also learns a few important things about himself. A library is a place for self-discovery and learning.
Here are some key reasons why libraries are important in this digital age:
Now that you know the importance of a library and why you should introduce your child to one, here are great ways you can help your child use a public library.
Find a library near you: Look for a library closer to your home. That way you and your child can visit it more frequently to get new books, as per your convenience.
Become a member: If you like a particular library and the activities they conduct periodically get a membership card for you and your child. Once your child is familiar with the setup of the library and its members, he will be more interested to visit frequently.
Don’t restrict reading to libraries. Depending on your child’s age and capabilities, read a book with him every day. This will inculcate in him a love for books and also teach him how to sit patiently and read. Also, show a genuine interest in reading yourself and make it a part of your daily routine, she is bound to follow your example.
In the age of malls and hi-tech play stores, a simple library is where your child will learn and broaden his horizons. Books are the best gift you can give him. Nurture the habit of reading in your child and help him become a life-long reader.
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