My children spend a lot of time in libraries. We’re kind of library junkies. We have a local library where we go AT LEAST once a week and we also go on excursions to other libraries within our network. We have been to lots of story hours and participate in many activities offered by the library. I am really not bragging – what else do you do with kids? They constantly want to go somewhere, do something, and get something. We also go to the park a lot but sometimes it’s raining, too cold, or too hot. The library is the ultimate for us. It is something to do, something to get, and it doesn’t cost me any money. While we are there they can pick books, use the computers, do some coloring, and play with the puppet show or trains. In addition to lending books, music, and movies they even have (educational) toys and activities that you can borrow. I honestly don’t know why this place is not mobbed everyday!
My daughter was very excited to start kindergarten this fall. She knew what to expect from her older cousin. As we were excitedly looking at her schedule she asked, “which day do I have library?”. There it was, so glaring, like a big hole on Tuesday – no library. “Um, there is no library anymore, for now.” I said. That’s right no school library – budget cuts. That well stocked room of books… closed. I really think our community has let our children down in a REAL way. I know in reality she is not going to miss out on the library. I will still take her after school and on Saturdays but a school library has a slightly different function than a public library. It is something to look forward to during the school day. A place to pick out something that uniquely interests YOU and when you are interested you learn! What really happened? They cut the librarian so there is no one to maintain the collection, teach children how to conduct research, and recommend books.
School budgets are being cut all over. Difficult choices have to be made and home-owners don’t want to pay anymore property tax. There are even some that feel our schools are not doing a good enough job and therefore casting a sort of “protest vote” against additional school funding. Sorry kindergartners. That room and those books are off-limits! Sorry you may never know a school library.