Every day, we get lots of new children’s books here in the Tub. So many, in fact, my office is beginning to look like a library … and, to borrow a turn of phrase that Laura Neumeroff uses …
If you think about the library you think about great books … and if you think about great books, you’ll think about great memories … and if you think about great memories, you want to share them with your kids!
So as I sit here staring at my own personal “stacks,” I remember my childhood visits to the library. Going to the library was probably how I got hooked on books in the first place. I remember wandering in and out of the stacks every week searching for the next treasure. And our library made it easy … all of the children’s books were close together, in a separate place that was decorated just for us.
For a child, a library can be a truly daunting place. The shelves look like ladders that reach to the sky and they are covered with books … walls of them. Having a “hideaway” place that invites them to explore books is an incredibly powerful way to get them excited about learning. Luckily, we have lived in cities with good spaces for kids. So when my daughter started walking, we’d head to the library to explore!
One of the grandest libraries of all is the New York Public Library. You’ll find it listed in your tourists guide as a place to visit. The library is an icon … in fact, the PBS Kids show Between the Lions is a slightly veiled reference to the entrance to the main library!
In the NYPL, that inviting place for kids is the Donnell Library and the Central Children’s Room. It is a special place and, I would imagine, the inspiration to many a bookworm, children’s author or illustrator. Have you visited the Central Children’s Room? Then be sure to visit Elizabeth Bird’s blog she is collecting those memories you treasure!