The benefits of spending time in a library

The benefits of spending time in a library

The benefits of spending time in a library A library or reading area plays a major role in fostering literacy by building a child’s language and literacy skills. Reading areas provide a place for children to engage with individual books, group stories, other children and even adults. It also helps with their ability to understand words and increase their vocabulary as well as use their imagination.
  • Reading habits begin in the early years and it is important for children to be introduced to literature at an early age in order to build and support a love of language and reading. It also helps teach children how to handle books including handling them with care and turning pages.
  • Alphabet books help children learn the names of the letters and the sounds that each letter represents. Counting books helps with number recognition and counting skills and oversized and picture books help build curiosity and help children point out words, letters and pictures. Younger children benefit from learning through touching and feeling different textures.
  • Group activities in a reading area also build social skills. Children learn to take turns and share as well as pay attention in a group. Children should be encouraged to read to each other, share books and take turns.
  • Decision making/independence – by giving children the option of wandering around and making their own choices about what to read next, we foster a sense of independence
Located in a quiet area of the nursery, our library provides a language rich environment with a comfortable setting and a cosy reading corner for our little ones. Inside the library, we have story sacks full of props to make each story exciting for the children. We worked hard to create a visually appealing and stimulating area with an age-appropriate selection of books that are easy to view and access. All classes get time in the library and the children really enjoy being here. Here we give them books to read, read books to them and enhance their literacy skills in many ways. Through participation in literacy-related activities we aim to promote critical thinking skills as well spelling, listening, writing, literacy and social skills. At our interactive reading sessions, our teachers encourage children to join in with storytelling, making sounds and singing songs.  The children love spending time in the library and respond to storytelling and book reading with curiosity and enjoyment. Remember, support from parents with reading at home is also very important for a child’s development. Read our tips on reading to children here.