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Libraries are for everyone-even little readers! The Donald W. Reynolds Library invites everyone with a little reader to sign up their children for their My First Library Card and take the first step in supporting their early literacy development and a lifelong love of reading. A frequent question at the information desk is, “How old do you have to be to receive a library card?” The answer is, everyone can receive a library card, toddlers, even babies! A library card gives children access to a limitless number of books. They can be used to check out Playaways, the all-in-one audiobooks, and access to the Library’s online resources, including animated, talking picture books through Tumblebooks, Creativebug for craft projects, and audiobooks with the Libby app. Having a library card will help foster independence and responsibility as they explore the children’s section and check out items with their library card. The value of a library card is limitless.
Recently Tommy and Demi Feliccia’s daughter Elliana (3) received her My First Library Card. Tommy said, “Elliana loves coming to Library and always hates to leave. Usually, in the mornings, before we drop her off for school, she will ask us if we are going to the Library today. So we try to come up here a couple of times a week after school. She loves going down in the elevator and picking out bright-colored books. She usually likes anything about farm animals, fire trucks, or monsters. Elliana loves playing, learning games on the tablets, doing puzzles, and checking on the pet hamster.”
The Feliccia’s also signed Elliana up for the Library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. The program engages parents in a commitment to read 1000 books to their children before the child enters kindergarten. Tommy said, “I think it’s a great program, and she will get awards for each step of the way. We try to average three books a night before bedtime. Some books we will reread the following night that she likes.”
So now Elliana can pick out the books she likes and check them out herself. But, first, mom and dad will have to give her a ride to the Library. Visit baxlib.org for more information.