The American Library Association celebrates National Library Week April 11-17, 2010. Use this opportunity to teach your students about the many treasures at their public libraries. It’s good to get the conversation started now so students are well familiar with the library’s resources and will use them during their summer break.
What’s at the public library?
Books—classic books, fun books, comic books, every kind of book!
Magazines—read your favorite titles for free!
CDs—many of your favorite recording artists!
DVDs— collection of popular new movies, documentaries, classic movies, and anything your students might want.
Databases—Older students will appreciate the research databases public libraries offer.
Events— Movie showings, author visits, story time, crafts activities, and summer reading programs.
Teach your students how to use your public library’s online catalog. Students can reserve books to be sent to their branch library. The library’s request system is like valet service for an incredible array of free entertainment materials. This works well for students whose parents have the resources to take kids to the library.
What about other students? I remember an author visit I made to a library in a low-income neighborhood of hardworking immigrants. I was surprised that children could not check out books because they did not have library cards. Talk to your local library to see if there is a way to assist your students in getting library cards for the summer.