Preparing children for school begins at birth starting with singing nursery rhymes and playing Pat-A-Cake Pat-A-Cake with them.  And because reading is essential to learning it is never too early to introduce books to children.  That is one of the reasons we encourage parents to bring their children to the library no matter how young they are.

At BPL brochures are available in the Kids Zone on age appropriate reading and techniques.  Helpful tips are provided for parents on how to encourage their children to read and develop a life-long love for reading.

Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library.
Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library.

Reading daily to infants and toddlers is a wonderful way to snuggle and share a good book.  Infants know their parents’ voices and respond to bright colorful pictures.  Board books are perfect for this age group as well as soft books, which can be bent, chewed on, or pulled on without causing damage to the book. Toddlers enjoy story times with lots of expression.  Use stuffed animals or hand puppets to help tell a story with sound effects.  The rewards of sharing this special time are priceless.

Exercising newly found independence is what preschool and kindergarten kids are all about. Preschoolers like to sing songs and recite nursery rhymes.  You can stretch their vocabularies with a variety of words that describe the illustrations in a book.  They may try to read so encourage them when they do.  Kindergartners love to pick out their own books and talk about them.  This is a good time to get your child a library card of their very own.  Allow them to select books that are of particular interest to them.  It can be a fun way to learn about your little person.

Plant seeds now with your children so they will become excellent readers.  Make library visits a fun part of their education.   Children who can read can do almost anything.

Libraries Transform!

Make a note:
Aulds Library 742-2337
As of Monday, September 12 Aulds’ hours will be extended to 8p.m. on Thursdays.

Bossier Central Library 746-1693
Thur., August 18 at 6p.m. the Bossier Central Library Book Club will discuss “Where’d You Go Bernadette” by Maria Semple.

Haughton Library 949-0196
Thur., August 18 at 9:30a.m.—the Adult Good Books Club will discuss “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

Plain Dealing Library 326-4233
Fridays from 4 to 5p.m. for ages 0 to 5—Story Hour

New Books
Fiction
“Cape Hell” by Loren D. Estleman
“Home Field” by Hannah Gersen
“Unseen World” by Liz Moore
“Firefly Summer” by Nan Rossiter
“The Big Showdown” by Mickey Spillane
“Miss Jane” by Brad Watson
“You Will Know Me” by Megan Abbott
“The Divided Family” by Wanda Brunstetter
“The Muse” by Jessie Burton
“Vain Empires” by Brandilyn Collins

Nonfiction
“NOLO’s Essential Guide to Divorce” by Emily Doskow
“The Boys in the Bunkhouse” by Dan Barry
“To Protect and Serve” by Norm Stamper
“The Gunning of America” by Pamela Haag
“Sprint” by Jake Knapp
“100 Weekend Projects Anyone Can Do” edited by Gary Wentz
“The World According to Star Wars” by Cass R. Sunstein
“America’s War for the Greater Middle East” by Andrew J. Bacevich
“The American Revolution” by the Smithsonian
“The War Before Independence, 1775-1776” by Derek W. Beck

Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for the Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at vhardin@bossierlibrary.org