My family is an avid user of our local library, and we take advantage of children’s story times, book borrowing, e-books and dvds. My kids love going to the library, returning books at the desk and then excitedly choosing new selections to take home. It’s become an event for them, and one we hope to continue to nurture as they grow and enter school.
As costs have risen for many goods and services over the years, one particular service remains free to all—our libraries. In Delaware, anyone can still go to their local library and sign-up for a free library card. With 33 county, municipal, and independent public libraries throughout Delaware, our local libraries continue to be very popular, with more than 209,000 active library card holders in New Castle County alone. With their offering of programs, computers, wireless internet, and workspace, they are a great resource to our communities.
Even in a digital age with information available at your fingertips, we should not overlook the value of libraries and the role they can play, especially in helping our youngest learners develop enthusiasm and discover the joy of reading. With only one-third of all students entering high school being proficient in reading, encouraging children to read remains a critical responsibility for parents and educators, and libraries can serve as an important gateway to fostering this necessary skill.
As for me, you’ll see me and my family at the Brandywine Hundred Library this weekend!