Planting Seeds at the Library

Growing Up AustinWhen Sparkles and Buttercup pretend to read books or when Blue Eyes and I read to them at bedtime, they prefer their all-time favorite books to their library books.

We check out library books. We lose library books. We search all around the house for library books. We pay late fines for library books. But we don’t often read library books.

Some might stop going to the library in these circumstances, but not us.

Sparkles and Buttercup like the library. They like looking through all the books and making stacks of the ones they like. They like asking the librarian for books about princesses. They like to take turns swiveling in the the orange and red swivel chairs, which aren’t really related to reading, but they are a lot of fun.

They struggle with choosing just three books each, but they work through the struggle and they are able to make their final choices. They love the self-check-out system. They can complete the check-out process on their own, at just 3 and 5 years old.

The books they choose don’t always make sense. They check out the same book over and over. They check out books they already have at home. They check out books in Spanish. The other day, Buttercup wanted to check-out John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

But we keep going because they get excited at the library and they associate reading with fun. It plants a seed that I hope continues to grow, especially as Sparkles starts Kindergarten and she learns to read on her own. That is worth searching the house and paying a few dollars now and then.