06 June 2012

Anatomy of School Libraries

I read [F]oxymoron'sSo What If It’s The Beginning Of The End Of DC’s School Libraries?.  What follows is my play by play reaction.

  • I absolutely loved my elementary school librarian. Mrs. Bright ... can you imagine a better name for an elementary school librarian?
  • She was a gem. 
  • Considering all levels of education, in my novice opinion, I think school libraries are most needed at the elementary level.
  • There is so much more to it than books, reading skills, fostering imagination and interests (... and forget that libraries encourage kids to read.)
    • Such as: 
    • it gives the teacher a break/ planning time, and it breaks up the monotony of sitting in a classroom
    • you learn how to behave/ different environments demand different behavior. i.e. you don't run around screaming in a library like you do on the playground.
    • you learn how to be quiet, sit still, and pay attention during story time 
    • you learn how to find things
    • you learn order
    • you learn that things have a place
    • you learn what fiction and nonfiction mean
    • you learn how to use the card catalog, and the Dewy Decimal System
    • you learn to put things back where they belong
    • you learn to respect things that aren't yours ... you learn to respect books.
  • And lastly, you learn life skills, like how to patiently wait in line, how to interact with someone when you check out a book, and you learn responsibility by being trusted to take something home, and then bring it back by a specified date. 
... or maybe I should have said, 'things you should have learned.'  Maybe I was just a lucky kid?  I feel the need to also point out that all of this could be taught by an involved parent and a public library. A novel idea, right?

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