Why I Love Being a Children's Librarian, part 2

by mrsweasley@evpl on Friday, October 17 2008, 10:19am. Viewed 1,040 times.

SLJ Sept 2008The September 2008 issue of School Library Journal reports that there is "a strong, positive link between the amount of children's materials circulated by public libraries and fourth-grade reading scores." The study by the National Center for Education statistics also shows a positive link between reading scores and attendance at library programs.

This is not a surprise to children's librarians, who can provide anecdotal evidence of the love for reading and lifelong learning that develops in the children we see every week in storytime. My anecdote? Every spring, the newspaper publishes pictures of valedictorians from all the area schools. This year, I recognized four of them as kids who had attended my storytimes as preschoolers.

What's your library success story?

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on Saturday, October 18 2008, 10:00am

As a mother with grown sons, I am aware that part of their success in life can be attributed to library storytimes and being read to as children. It really makes a difference in so many ways.

Mrsweasley, I have never had the opportunity to attend one of your storytimes, however I know you personally and can attest to the dedication you show to your own children and grandchildren. I am sure that same dedication spills over into the community you serve as a children's librarian.

Let's give a big "THANKS" to all children's librarians for making a difference everyday!

on Monday, October 20 2008, 9:44am

I'm blushing!

I confess that my grandchildren are sometimes my "laboratory." I try out books and activities on them, especially early literacy games.

But they also get "best of..." presentations of books and songs that worked well in storytime!

on Monday, October 20 2008, 1:27pm

The full SLJ article, The Link Between Public Libraries and Early Reading Success, can be found at this link. It was very good.