The Importance of Library Cards and Reading to Children


In a world filled with screens and gadgets, one timeless tool remains a treasure trove of knowledge and imagination—the library card. Encouraging children to explore the wonders of literature through the simple act of reading can unlock a realm of possibilities, and obtaining a library card is the first step toward this enriching journey.

A library card isn't just a piece of plastic; it's a passport to worlds unknown. It grants access to a universe of books, stories, and information that can inspire, educate, and entertain young minds. With this magical card, children can borrow books, explore various genres, and embark on adventures without leaving their neighborhood.

Reading to children is a gift that keeps on giving. It fosters a bond between parents and children while nurturing a love for storytelling and learning. Research consistently shows that regular reading sessions with children from an early age can significantly enhance their cognitive development, language skills, and imagination.

Beyond improving literacy, reading aloud to kids stimulates curiosity, empathy, and creativity. It exposes them to diverse perspectives, cultures, and ideas, broadening their horizons and preparing them to navigate the complexities of the world with confidence.

Choose books that captivate their interests, create a cozy reading nook, and make reading time an enjoyable and anticipated part of the day. Encourage children to select books they're excited about! I wonder how many times I checked out the book “owning your own horse” from the Pine Island Van Horn Library as a kid?

Libraries serve as vibrant hubs for community engagement, offering not only books but also a variety of programs, events, and resources to support childhood literacy. Librarians, those unsung heroes, are valuable allies in guiding children toward age-appropriate books and fostering a lifelong love for reading.

In a fast-paced digital era, the simple pleasure of flipping through pages and getting lost in a story holds immeasurable value. A library card is a gateway to a world where imagination knows no bounds, where knowledge is limitless, and where the seeds of a lifelong passion for learning are sown.

So ,for 2024 let's take a step back, grab that library card, and embark on an adventure with our children—one page, one story at a time. After all, in the words of Dr. Seuss, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

Storytime in Kenyon resumes on January 10th, at 10:30, hope to see you there. The Kenyon Public Library is open Monday through Saturday, check the website for hours.