Dear Mom: What does the library have available for children?
— A Reader
Dear Reader: Let’s start at the beginning:
There is a wealth of information on preparing and nurturing during pregnancy and birth for future parents.
Babies visiting the children’s area crawl in the play area and watch other children. Board books designed for our youngest readers introduce turning pages and there are rhythmic, colorful picture books to read, introducing early language.
Play With Me is a baby playtime the library hosts every Saturday morning from 10–11 a.m. Interactive toys, music, and books are provided for children’s play and create a venue for young children and parents to interact.
Toddlers and preschoolers broaden their experiences as they increase vocabulary and interests. There are puppets and toys for interactive play and computers with games for parents and children to play together.
Books available on almost everything your child will develop an interest in; whether it is ballet, dinosaurs, the solar system, or a new sibling!
Storytimes for these age groups are year-round and a popular meeting place for children and parents.
The library grows with your children’s interests and needs.
From the youngest readers through high school, the library has a large section of books and other materials to support reading and learning for fun.
Staff can help young people find books that support reading ability and their interests. A large nonfiction section supports local curriculum and special projects in our community.
Homework help is available in many forms. There is online access to World Book Encyclopedia, magazine searches and CultureGrams — all excellent tools for many school projects.
Learning Express offers online standardized tests for practice and study purposes. With a library card and the Internet you have access to these databases and more.
Computer access is available for 90 minutes a day per person, and the library is equipped with Wi-Fi.
Reading development and growth has a greater impact on academic success than any other single component. Ongoing family programs that integrate community organizations, provide fun, interactive performances and activities.
The youth volunteer program offers valuable life and work experience for youths, grades 6–12. They provide service to their community while participating in a library program. High school students can use these volunteer hours for their graduation requirements.
There is a fine selection of books and other materials on parenting, home-schooling, childhood health and development. Specific titles deal with ADD, gifted children and twins to name a few.
If you need to do serious research about something impacting your family, the library has those resources as well.
Librarians can help with specific questions whether it is a science fair experiment or information about childhood diabetes. The library encourages you and your children to use your best resource, the professional staff at the Walla Walla Public Library. With a wealth of knowledge about the collection and other resources these people want to connect you with what you are looking for.
Remember parents, children who grow up in households watching adults read are more likely to be readers — so parents, don’t forget to read for enjoyment yourselves!