Preschool 0–5

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Talking Points for
Public Libraries

4. Young children see the public library as a “great good place” where learning is fun.

Quick Stats Supporting This Talking Point

The librarian's expertise in selecting and using materials is unique. The librarian is not an early childhood educator, but-by training and experience-the librarian is equipped to nurture the young child's curiosity through his interest in stories and books. Moreover, the goals of the profession give librarians a vested interest in the child's development of language and reading skills. (Greene 1991)

Libraries are professionally well placed, both in familiar civic locales and in public confidence, to become service outposts for nurturing families and children's positive development. (Immroth and Ash-Geisler 1995)

Informational and collaborative networks of librarians and other professionals who serve preschoolers in child care can promote secure emotional growth so that a child grows up deeply confident that he or she is lovable and loved. This emotional foundation supports positive attitude towards learning and presages with high probability that, with the help of adult mentors, each child will become the kind of learner and reader who will succeed in school… (Immroth and Ash-Geisler1995)

Opportunities for play in a print-rich, story-filled environment are imperative to achievement of the school readiness goal. (Immroth and Ash-Geisler 1995)

Early literacy theory emphasizes a natural unfolding of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between young children and adults, and the critical role of literacy-rich experiences. (Roth, Paul and Pierotti 2006)