Preschool 0–5

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Public Libraries

6. Students begin to connect reading and are motivated to read, thanks to entertaining group activities planned by well-trained library staff.

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Children have further opportunities to improve comprehension skills, accelerate language development, and evoke creativity through extension activities, such as art, drawing, and cooking; large motor activities, such as dancing, parachute games, and obstacle courses; and fine motor activities, such as threading and lacing. Children have vivid memories of the books associated with these activities, which also act as catalysts for later conversations between children and their primary caregivers. (Cahill 2004)

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)

One individual who can be a model for providing meaningful interactions between young children and age-appropriate literature is a children's librarian in a public library. (Williams 2007)

Librarians can well appreciate the fundamental importance of emotional development as the basis for fueling children's motivation to read and learn. (Immroth and Ash-Geisler 1995)