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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL LIBRARY MONTH: Reading and Playing at the Library

September is Library Month. Each week during the month we will feature an article about our local library to help the residents of our community to better understand the services provided. 

We all know that reading to children is important, providing many advantages and benefits.  Not only does reading enhance a child’s vocabulary and help them understand how to read and write, but reading aloud to children also helps them to understand different topics around them.

The importance of reading cannot be emphasized enough in young children and we as parents, grandparents, and guardians need to make it a priority.  Here are the irrefutable top ten reasons why reading needs to be a priority in the home.

1. Reading to young children sets them up to succeed

2. Reading develops language skills

3. Exposure to reading exercises your child’s brain

4. Reading enhances a child’s connection

5. Reading together encourages a thirst for knowledge

6. A range of books teaches children about different topics

7. Reading develops a child’s imagination and creativity

8. Reading books with children helps to develop empathy

9. Books are a form of entertainment

10. Reading together helps to create a bond

Your Glenwood City Public Library has a wide variety of reading materials for readers of a ages.  And if for some reason the library does not have what your child is looking for, the librarian can help you use the MORE system to order it from another library. When it arrives you can pick it up and return it at your Glenwood City Library.  Children are welcome to come in and get comfortable, reading their new selection right in the library if they can’t wait until they get home to start reading. The Glenwood City Library is an economical choice for great entertainment as it is FREE and books can take you on adventures far and wide.

Not only does our library have volumes of material for you to peruse, it also has wonderful programs that help our children explore the world around them and play.  Research is showing that far fewer children have access to enough play time.  Popular belief is that a child does nothing but play.  However, screen time is imposing on what used to be play time.  Playing is actually a brain building activity in children.  It is central to healthy child development and a key component to buffer against the negative impact of stress.  Play also builds bonds between other children and adults.  The benefits of play cannot be overlooked.  It mitigates stress, improves academic skills and helps to build a safe, stable and nurturing relationship with those around them.  You may wonder where the library comes into PLAY here.  The library has a host of programs tailored to your child’s age.  We have scheduled storytimes, music and movement groups, STEM activities, craft times and book discussion groups.  These programs are a great way to get out of the house and experience something new at an affordable cost… FREE!  Our librarians do an exceptional job of creating a warm environment to play and learn with your child.  Come check out one of the many groups and storytimes at the library! 

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