Today is Take Your Child to the Library Day, a wonderful day to help share your local library with your child.
Libraries, once bastions of moldy books and shushing librarians, have changed drastically over the years. Today, libraries are geared toward children more than ever with story hour and reading programs specifically for children. Children's sections have improved vastly, and are as often as large as the adult sections.
More than reading material, though, a library is a place and a state of mind.
That first visit to the library is likely to thrill your child's mind as to the vastness that it can offer. And, just like other avid readers, once a child gets used to going to the library, it can become a lifetime habit that's impossible to overcome.
Besides books, of course, there are e-books, databases, videos and even free foreign language courses. Whatever you can imagine, you can find it at your local library.
By taking your child to the library, you'll also be setting an example. If Mom and Dad go there, then it must be okay. That's the message you're sending your children, and it's one of the best messages you can send.
Estherville, Armstrong and Ringsted all have great public libraries that are dedicated to serving the needs of all residents - regardless of age.
If you're a parent and have the library bug, great. If you don't, think about your child and see if the two of you can't become interested in one of the greatest things our society has to offer - your local free public library.