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public libraries offer a wide variety of children's books and
And there is often a specially-trained children's librarian to help
just the right book - whether it's Mother Goose or how to do a science
project. Many public libraries also lend records, tapes, videos,
and DVDs of
children's books and movies. And they often sponsor special programs,
story hours for youngsters (from toddlers on up), summer reading
and homework help.
Keep in mind, too,
that a visit to the library
can help enrich your life as an adult. Whether you are seeking
or just a "good read," your public library has a lot to offer.
the library is a great experience. Here are a few things to
It's a good idea to encourage kids to ask
on their own for help in finding books and materials. Keep in mind,
that a librarian is there to point out different choices, not to decide
what ideas your children should be exposed to. That is your job. So, no
matter how helpful or knowledgeable a children's librarian may be, your
participation in selecting and sharing books with your own children or
the children in your care is very important.
libraries welcome children
and usually have special facilities for them, there are some
guidelines for behavior that parents and providers need to help
children understand -
Library books are everybody's property and should be treated carefully.
Libraries have policies regarding loan periods and fines for overdue books.
library is there
for the whole community, and they need to be considerate of
Keep in mind that it is your responsibility to
see that your children behave acceptably and are not disruptive to
using the library. Instruct
your children on how to be considerate
of others using the library.
Please understand that all of these guidelines and suggestions are designed to protect children, not to discourage them from visiting libraries. Kids are very welcome at public libraries.