Health alert is shaking off the celebration of International Library Day, but it has also made libraries value this year. This is an opportunity for us to offer our children from home to continue accessing libraries. Most of them continue to provide some online services, and even Virtual Reading Club.
Children’s libraries, school libraries, or spaces within general libraries dedicated exclusively to children, are essential for rich learning, not only in knowledge, but in experiences.
What are children’s libraries for?
The reality is that libraries are no longer the only space that children have access to content, whether they are playful or educational. However, taking our children to spaces where they can enjoy books, videos, storytelling is an experience. Unfortunately, they cannot adequately enjoy this at this time, but we must not give up.
UNESCO notes the importance of children’s libraries in creating and consolidating children’s reading habits from the earliest years. Thanks to this will stimulate their creativity and facilitate their development. And above all, users of the future are formed.
For children there is a need to read so it is essential that if we can not approach libraries now we try to set them up at home, or in your own room. With us to put books at your fingertips, at your height, we’ll be doing it. If we also decorate and create an intimate space to read, we will be forming an authentic library. You do not need to have many books, with age the child will change tastes and readings. The interesting thing is that you feel like that space.
Children’s libraries as collaborative spaces
Libraries, in the common imaginary, are places of silence. And they are, but in children, they are also filled with laughter, and participatory activities that serve to enrich the experience. One of the values that libraries contribute is that these spaces teach children to be autonomous, disciplined and responsible, both with their personalized accreditation system, the card, and in the loan of books.
Reading is not the only thing you learn or do in libraries, but we can also go to them to receive workshops on different topics, listen to and participate in storytelling, in Spanish and other languages or to be part of the Reading Club. Participating in activities within the library is another way to approach it.
Children’s libraries become collaborative spaces where it is important for the boy or girl to choose a book that really catches their attention. For that he will open, touch and look many, so let’s have a little patience with them. And it may even be, you choose books that you have already taken home.
Importance of the school library
School libraries are part of children’s libraries. Thanks to the teachers and professionals who are in charge of these libraries, boys and girls are going to love, and choosing readings that are beyond the recommendations or curriculum obligations.
School libraries must meet, in addition to the objectives of children’s libraries, those of the premises in which they are located. That is to say, enhance the taste for learning. They should serve as a complement and accompaniment to what they are studying in class. This does not mean that they are boring, and more and more educational programmes involve a high degree of motivation. The best way to achieve this motivation is to make school libraries attractive.
In conclusion we can say that it is very important that the children’s library is a place for children to go, not to maintain a strained discipline, but to enjoy and choose new adventures. Above all, they have to answer the questions, needs and curiosities of children in the twenty-first century.