Happy National Library Week, everyone!
It’s a week of celebrating everything libraries have to offer. It’s the perfect week to visit your library!
It’s also an opportunity to read for the sheer joy of it and to encourage a love of reading in the children in your life.
And if you have a seriously devoted young reader, it’s a time to consider: Might this child be a future librarian?
(It’s embarrassingly obvious that this was my destiny.)
Here are the signs to watch for in the young…
Incessant reading starts early
Reading on the toilet: also begins early
Reading to dolls and stuffed animals is a thing that happens. A lot.
Cataloging their books
Playing library and checking out books to siblings and friends
Requiring a grubby younger sister to wash her hands before touching their books
Finding your child in this pose more often than not
Christmas wish list: all books
“Clean your room” translates into “Re-organize your bookshelves by genre”
“Go outside and play” translates into “Go outside and read”
If you observe these behaviors in your children, encourage their reading, let them read widely, make sure they know you approve of who they are, and rest assured they’ll find their place in the world.
If they’re lucky, it’ll be in a library.