Everything is online now, it’s all on the world wide all on the web, a click away from Google! Why go to the library when I can search for and research online in the comfort of my own home at any time of the day? About a year ago I found out that I can download whole books! Search for any ebook online, pay a minimal amount and own it for some just under $10.00 (http://www.ebooks.com). I can store the downloaded books neatly onto my external hard drive, easily search for titles and have them in front of me at anytime, anywhere. I still have my university books which I have neatly stacked away into a plastic tote box! I don’t have the time to visit the library these days, but I make the effort for my baby.
However, when it comes schooling young children, I’d much rather my daughter (now only 1 1/2 years old) go to the library and look at books, turn pages explore the different styles of fictional and non-fictional books. It’s just different when you are a child, you have all the time in the world!
There are programs for children and babies at my local library. On Friday mornings 10.30AM – 11.15AM, there is a rhyme time session. My daughter loves this time where she enjoys songs, stories and finger plays.
She likes going to the library. I feel it’s extremely important to introduce her to a library so that she can gain early literacy skills. She loves looking at colourful picture books, choosing a book herself for me to read to her and meeting other babies there for the session. And where else can you get a large collection of handpicked good materials specially for kids, but the library! I don’t think an electronic device would do any justice for a child so young when it comes to learning new literacy skills.
Perhaps when she’s in senior school, she’d make best use of electronic devices, but right now, it’s the library for her and for me, my electronic devices!