Our family loves books, so naturally the library is a favorite place of ours.
We read books every day in school. We read for learning.
We read for the joy of story
We read because we love reading.
The Atlanta library system (AFPLS) has been so good to us. The Atlanta library system
includes more than thirty libraries. The five branches we have visited so far
are fairly small, but we can always find a great place to hang out
and lots of books to take home with us.
The best part is that we can order books from any of those 30+ branches
and have the books delivered to our closest library location which is only a little over a mile from our home.
Because it is so easy to order books online our time at the library
is often only long enough to check out the tall stack of books the librarians have waiting for us.
A few weeks ago we had a day with extra time for reading, so we enjoyed an unhurried visit
to the East Atlanta Library branch. It’s one of my favorites so far. In the kids’ section there are three
amazing windows with deep window seats perfect to crawl onto and read.
The boys never have a problem finding lots of books to read.
They sit and read while I filter through their stacks of books to decide
which we should take home with us. They can choose a pile in no time at all, and I always
do my own searching as well. I try to choose books that I know we will enjoy
reading and re-reading to take home with us.
This time it was fun to take time to sit and read with the boys. Little boys are so active,
but thankfully they are more than happy to cuddle up for a long while
if there are stories to read.
We have read to the boys since they were several months old.
We still read a book before nap time and bedtime almost every day
and we read books in between when we can.
We have always dreamed of having a family of readers.
Some people have asked:
Q: Do you allow your children to pull books from the shelves at libraries?
A: Libraries are so neat and organized that it can feel as though your children are making a mess. Libraries were created to be places for people to read and enjoy books. In my experience librarians have been very welcoming and friendly to children at the library. I allow them to choose big piles of books to look through. We try to be respectful as we would anywhere, so I wouldn’t allow a toddler to pull books by the handful. The boys often pull a book, read through it, then finding another. If I know exactly where a book belongs I may put it back, but librarians prefer guests to leave books out on tables to be shelved later than for the books to be put in a spot where they do not belong.
Q: I get overwhelmed at the library because there are so many books. How can I find good books?
A: There have been days I found myself staring at shelf after shelf loaded with books wondering where to start. There are soooo many good books to read, but there are also mediocre books or books on subjects that don’t interest us much. I’ve found a little system that has worked for me the past few years. I simply start with one shelf and scan through the books choosing the titles I think look best. I never make it even half way through one side of an aisle. The next time we visit the library I start scanning books where I stopped the last time. It’s a pretty simple procedure, really; and it helps give direction.
I’m often drawn to older books and classic stories. Those are books I pull as well as any books with titles
that draw my attention and books written by an author whose name I recognize.
Books that have been awarded the Newbery Medal (distinguished contributions to American children’s literature)
or the Caldecott Medal (distinguished American picture books for children)
often find their way to our library bag as well.
The best part about visiting the library is leaving with a bag
stuffed with lots of books to read at home.
Well, most times the boys can’t wait until we get home to start reading.