What Preschool Libraries Have To Offer
Libraries nowadays have little in common with those we used to go in the past. As technology is progressing and the internet and digital media have become more common than in the past, more or less they have made traditional libraries lose their initial purpose. In order to survive in this new situation, libraries have evolved and offer many new features that most people could not even have imagined just a few years ago.
One of the latest trends of this kind are preschool libraries that are beginning to get really popular in Greece and the rest of the world. I think there are 5-6 libraries around Greece, 3 of which are found in Athens.
Preschool literature are for babies and small children who do not know how to read yet. They are ambitious projects that I can personally say that they seem to work fine so far. At least me and my wife take our 2-year old son to such a place quite often, and he seems to enjoy it, as much as when we take him to a playhouse or to a party with other children to play. He finds the place and the whole idea amusing and loves to be there.
Of course preschool libraries contain children’s books, mainly with pictures and embedded toys, and not much text, which gives children and parent’s the ability to stay fit and healthy. There are of course also short stories and fairy tales for parents to read to their children, since preschool kids have not yet learned to read and write.
How a preschool library works
The libraries we are usually visiting with my family is actually very near our house. We walk there and go and spend a couple of hours every now and then, especially during weekends when our schedule is actually not so busy, and have more time to spend with the family. Our son Achilles really adores the place. It is not only that the library has hundreds of different children’s books that never get him bored, it’s also that he also likes the place and the decoration of it.
It is really a very colorful place with hundreds of books with various info to select and various other toys and furniture for kids spread around a really large room. There’s also space for kids to run and play, with protective equipment so they do not get hurt accidentally. Actually the library is a room of about 160 square meters, that is part of a larger complex.
This specific preschool library is a very friendly place, specially designed for children aged 0-6 years old and their families, especially those who are looking for information. The library is divided into two places, one for babies up to 3 years old and another one for children 3-6 years old. The goal of preschool library is the is actually to familiarize both children and parents with books, to make the children get to know books through pictures and let parents read them short stories so that they get familiar with libraries, and learn to visit them from a very early age. There are also many additional activities for children aged 4-6 to follow.
Preschool libraries really work
It is clear to me that, as I notice in my son’s case and by watching all the other children in the library, that children really come into contact with books and reading, in a way that makes the books more entertaining. The children that visit preschool libraries really have a great time there. I can also confirm that so do the parents, since the library also brings psychologists, doctors and various other specialists that discuss medical and development issues. All these are offered for free in my case since the library is public, and ran by the city we live in.
The preschool library is even lending books, and there are also books written in various languages for children who are not Greek. Of course it’s a difficult task to keep the books in good condition, since small children like Achilles do not treat them as they ought to. Therefore, it’s a challenge not to return them torn or written with a marker… I would suggest you really do not lend the books and just show them to the kids during your stay at the library. It’s really much safer for the books…