7 reasons to love your local library

May 30, 2017

As libraries across the UK continue to close, it’s time to get to your local library to find out the wealth of benefits they can bring, before they’re all gone!

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Charlotte Gater, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning, gives seven excellent reasons to love your local library:

  • It’s a fantastic place to get your child engaged in reading. Sometimes it can be tricky to find the right book to engage a child, but by spending some time in the library they can pick a variety of books to find the ones they like without you having to spend a penny.

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book”

(Frank Serafini, Professor of Literacy Education and Children’s Literature at Arizona State University)

  • Time to put the phone on silent and step away from the computer consoles. Head to the library to spend some time together finding books for shared reading without technological distractions.
  • On the other hand… if you don’t have access to internet at home then you can normally get online at the library. If your child needs to do homework on the computer then the library is a perfect place to head.
  • Does your child need to complete a project for school? The library is a great place to get some inspiration on the topic, then they can combine what they’ve discovered in a book with any research they’ve done online.
  • Many libraries also have toy libraries so you can borrow games alongside books and take them back to swap for something different – and it saves you money!
  • The library can be a calm sanctuary in a sea of playgrounds, theme parks and soft plays. Head to the library for some quieter family time.
  • They’re a place to learn new skills! Libraries run sessions and courses for adults and children, everything from coding to local history so pop in to find out what your local library has to offer.

Explore Learning will be running maths and English workshops in libraries up and down the country this summer. Contact your local centre to find out what they have on offer!

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