Making The Most Of Your Local Library

Making The Most Of Your Local Library

For children to develop a love of reading they must read books that interest them. It’s not always easy to find a book your child will love! But what better place to start your search than your local library? In addition to books, libraries offer a variety of resources you can use to support your child’s love of learning and reading. Here are some tips to make the most of the resources your library offers.

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1. Free Programming

Most libraries offer a variety of free reading programming that you and your child can enjoy. Book groups and readings for young children as well as teens are a great way to connect over literacy as a group.

2. Your Librarian

The librarian at your local branch will be an expert at finding books that your child might like. They know the trends for your child’s age group, what books have won awards, and the best new releases. Use their knowledge and don’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation.

3. Audiobooks

Most libraries offer a variety of audiobooks. This can be a great option for reluctant readers to follow along with the recording. You might like to read my previous Story Sunday post about using audiobooks to support readers.

4. Modeled Reading

Given the opportunity to see other readers interested and engaged in reading and learning, reluctant readers are often more willing to explore a book themselves. Spending time in the atmosphere of the library provides the perfect opportunity for the free exploration of literature.

5. Order It In

Many libraries offer an interlibrary loan service. If there is a particular topic or book you are looking to explore you can have an item from the catalogue delivered to your local branch. This is an often overlooked resource, so remember that you aren’t just limited to the resources you see on the shelves.

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Story Sunday

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Story Sundays are about exploring the conversation surrounding how a love of reading can be fostered in children, and how this passion can be ignited in the classroom.

  • Do you have any great strategies for encouraging a love of reading in your classroom?
  • What books do you recommend for students for summer reading?
  • What books have personally inspired you as a teacher?
  • How do you use your local library?

What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them when you link up during Story Sunday.

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