Libraries play an important role in children's lives

November 06, 2013

When I read about all the wonderful programs public libraries have for children, it baffles me that people still hold to the idea the government should get rid of libraries ("Imagination takes flight during Owls and Bats story time at nature center," Oct. 23).

While it's true that computers and instant access to books, movies, games, etc. are causing libraries to suffer, libraries still provide invaluable programs for children of all ages, such as the wildlife program at Piney Run Nature Center, as well as story times, concerts and other creative activities.

These programs teach children about the world, expand their imagination and introduce them to new friends, all while having fun. Besides school, libraries are probably the only other option children have to experience these kinds of things, and all for free in a welcoming environment.

Librarians care about children and will do anything in their power to nurture their dreams and teach them all they can. And parents appreciate what libraries do for their children. Instead of thinking about the outdated aspects of libraries, we need to think about the priceless and irreplaceable ways that libraries fill our children's lives.

Kayla Houck, Westminster

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