Reading is the heart of education. We can’t afford to let that heart stop beating because the knowledge of almost everything we do, flows from it. Parents and teachers have a vital role in keeping reading as a central focus, especially in this digital age, where devices tend to be more popular than books. However, without modern, engaging books in well stocked school libraries, and librarians who help create this warm and welcoming place, encouraging children to lose themselves in the magic of books, then the reading heart will most certainly stop beating. A reading heart not beating, is a tragedy we must avoid at all costs.
A library may be the only real access to stories, information and technology that some of our more disadvantaged children have. Research shows the benefits that having a well run, updated library, full of engaging resources can have on reading and writing skills, the enjoyment of reading and the improvement of academic achievement.
If we want to ensure our children have a healthy, vibrant reading heart, then we need to feed and support the source that keeps it beating.
SLANZA - School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa