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My oldest daughter DD goes to kindergarten 5 days a week. Her twin sisters go to the local library at least twice a week, sometimes four times per week. They are 23 months.

Library is the paradise for children, even they are under three. There are tons of benefits of taking children to library at a young age on a regular basis.

First
, the easy access of books help kids develop a love for books. In the library, books are displayed on the shelves that are designed especially to match kids’ height, hence shortening the physical and psychological distances between children and books.

They can easily grab a book from the shelf, look at it and play with it. A lot of times they will give the book to parents, and that is how the journey of reading starts.

Library is the paradise for children
Baby B (Yanyan) is taking a book from the shelf

Next, there are tons of books that children love in the library — hardbacks, books with cardboard pages, picture books, cloth books, paperbacks, and many more.  The variety of subjects is tremendous, with everything from ABCs to dinosaurs, and from the simplest concepts to classical literature.

Besides, libraries also offer recordings of children’s stories and songs such as children’s song CDs/DVDs, children’s story CDs/DVDs, book/CD kits, and even puppets and educational toys.

Library is the paradise for children
Baby A (Nana) and Baby B (Yanyan) are running between shelves. They are having a great of fun!

Thirdly, there are lots of fun staff in the library, such as flashcards, puzzles, coloring, kids computer and games, toy building bricks, and etc. My children enjoy them all!

Library is the paradise for children
Baby A (Nana) is building with blocks, with Baby B (Yanyan) in the background.

In this new age, technology plays an increasing role in everyone’s lives. It also changes the way children learn. Very young children have shown comfort and confidence in using computers, including my 23-month-old. More and more libraries install computers and kids-friendly computer games to help kids learn.

Library is the paradise for children
Baby A (Nana) is on the computer.

There are three main types of learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Most people learn best through a combination of the three types of learning styles. A computer with a touch-screen and headphone is a good example of combing all three learning styles, offering children greater control and more fun to learn.

However, not every family can afford a computer at home, especially computer designed especially for children. And not every parent can afford kids-targeted software. Besides, there are so many on the market.  So why not take a good use of the library? It is FREE!

Library is the paradise for children
Baby B (Yanyan) in on the computer.

Fourthly, children enjoy participating in group activities including reading-alouds, storytelling, films, puppet shows, arts and crafts, and reading programs.

Library is the paradise for children
Baby B (Yanyan) in playing the puzzle.

I especially like taking twins to the story time which include reading aloud, storytelling, fingerplays, rhymes, and songs. Because this age (18 to 36 months old) is a crucial time in the development of language skills, these events give me the background on how to stimulate and encourage a child’s development as well as entertaining the toddlers.

Last but not the least, children can go home with a handful of books without purchasing — we call it “checking books out”.

What do you think? Isn’t library the paradise for children? What your children can do in the library?

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Comments

  1. 1
    Christine M. (Cool Mom) - Tech Support for Stanley & Katrina // September 27th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Yes, yes, yes, yes,yes! The library is WONDERFUL! The best part is your developing a comfort with books early and that is priceless. We just got home from a teen event at our local library – ten years of library going and we are going strong.
    New subscriber. Stopping by on Booknificent Thursday linky.
    Have a great weekend!

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    Lina // September 27th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    @Chirstine: Yes, developing a love for books and library leads to developing a love for reading!

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    bookmammal // September 28th, 2013 at 6:52 am

    ABSOLUTELY! Libraries are one of my favorite inventions. 🙂
    It’s never to early to start building the library habit with your kids. Nice post!

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    Lina // September 28th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    @Boojmammal:That is right! We need to put going to library as part of kid’s weekly routine. Thank you for stopping by!

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    Katherine // September 30th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    We love the library too! Although, we don’t go as often as you, lol. Our library has computers too, but I also thought they were for older kids, but they look just like yours! I’ll have to ask next time we are there if my son can play.

    Thanks for linking at Baby’s and Beyond last week!

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    Lina // September 30th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    @Katherine: Definitely, even very young kids can play on those computers and enjoy the games. They are not designed just for preschoolers.

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    Mommynificent // October 3rd, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I couldn’t agree more! We miss libraries so much here in Malaysia! Lina, I just noticed you are living in KC now? Which part? We used to live up near the airport before we moved to Malaysia! Thanks for sharing at Booknificent Thursday!
    Tina

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    Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews // October 3rd, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Wonderful post! I absolutely agree. When I was a toddler our house was across the street from the library so we could walk there whenever we wanted. When I was 5 and we moved to a new town, my mother took a job at the local library and I spent time there almost every day. It was such a haven. Libraries today have so many amazing programs and resources; people who don’t go regularly are missing out!
    Thanks for linking in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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    Keitha // October 4th, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Great post! As one of my teaching friends used to say to her littles, “The library is our friend.” I started taking my son to the Lapsit program at our library when he was 9 weeks old. Until this year, 2nd grade, we went to the library almost every week of the past 7 years. We still love to go, but just not quite as often.

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    Lina // October 4th, 2013 at 5:35 am

    @Katie: that is right. We need to make good use of resources around us. Library is for sure one of them!

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    Lina // October 4th, 2013 at 5:38 am

    @Keitha: my younger ones go to the library twice, three times or even four times a week. My oldest daughter doesn’t go to library that often after she goes to school. But she’s developed a love for reading during those years when she went to library. She still loves to go whenever there is an opportunity.

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    Destiny // October 4th, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I take my 23-month old to the library several times a week, too. She’s been going since she was a few days old–first with her grandparents and then with me (early on, I welcomed the chance for extra sleep after all the night wakings). It’s such a great environment. She loves choosing books to bring home, playing with the puzzles, seeing other children at story time, etc.

    I’ve had people in the past comment that she seems quite advanced and ask what sort of “program” I used with her. I told them that I take her to the library and read her books.

    Stopped by from the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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    Lina // October 4th, 2013 at 6:50 am

    @Destiny: My twins didn’t go to library as early as your child. Right now I make the library trip part of their weekly routine. Every time they are thrilled to go to library. They also take books from shelves and sit down to read (thought they don’t understand the words). Even flipping the pages make them happy!

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    Tonja Drecker // October 5th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Yay libraries! My father would take us there once a week, something we really looked forward to. And there’s so much more to a library than there use to be. Definitely one of my favorite places.

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    Lina // October 5th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    @Tonja: There was no library nearby when I grew up. So I greatly appreciate the precious opportunity here that there are 4 libraries near our house. Also there are so much fun things going on in the library right now.

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    Emma // October 7th, 2013 at 4:23 am

    My 4-year-old loves the library – it’s hard to get her to leave! She loves randomly picking out books, playing with the toys and games and puzzles and the other kids. Sometimes they have crafts there, and storytimes. And my personal favorite – it’s all free!

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    Lina // October 7th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    @Emma: yes, why not use the library? It is full of books and fun. The staff is friendly and kind. And you can stay as long as you want. Library is one of the best playgrounds for children.

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    Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews // October 8th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I agree – we LOVE the library! I still take the kids every week even now that they are both in school. When they were little we would also go every few days. It’s true that there is so much more to libraries than just going to get books. The kids just loved pulling random books off the shelves and flip through the pages. I miss those days! 🙁

    Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop – hope you’ll join us again! 🙂

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    Lina // October 9th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    @Renee: I appreciate the time when I can take my children to the library on a regular basis. Hopefully, it will be part of their happy memory about childhood. I will cherish it as well since I didn’t get a chance to go to library when I as little. I think I will miss those day too. 🙂

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