He's got a lovely collection of all sorts of books, but he really enjoys the hard books as he can sit and turn the pages easily without ripping them. I was thinking he could do with a few more as he is seeing the same round of books everyday. Yesterday, I decided therefore, that I should take him to sign up for his first library card.
The three of us went down to our local library in the pouring rain. We have lived here (and I have taught in the village too) for a few years now and we have never ever been in there before. As it's the school holidays I was expecting see see the place awash with children browsing the bookshelves but sadly not. It was absolutely deserted. When I was a child I would spend hours going to visit the library at weekends and in the holidays. I'll admit, I was terrible for losing my books and forgetting to return them, but at least I made the effort to go! I think it's a sign of the times, and a sad one too, that perhaps a lot of children prefer to play on computers and other electronic devices than go and sit in the library enjoying the company of a good book.
I felt like I was entering a time warp as I stepped into the library. It was lovely to be able to browse all the fantastic array of books, like I did as a child. I was amazed at how such a tiny library had such a wonderful collection of children's books, and they weren't all old with dog-eared corners either. Many of them looked like they'd never even been read. They had wooden trays full of hard books aimed at under 5s. Little One loved picking them all out and putting them all over the floor.
The intention was to sit and read a couple of books with him there in their lovely book corner filled with teddy bears. Little One obviously thought the man behind the desk scanning books back in was far more interesting however! The man even had his own very young daughter there helping him stack the books back on the shelf which Little One was fascinated by.
I hope that we will be able to make a little trip our little library each week and go and choose some more books together. When I was little, one of my favourite games was to play was libraries. I would draw bar codes all over my books and pretend to scan them in and out. It definitely encouraged me to enjoy reading and I just hope I can encourage Little One to enjoy reading as much as I did.