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Personally, I believe you can’t start early enough taking your child to the library. Consequently, I got my lovely baby daughter a library card when she was just over five weeks old. As we happened to be in the city centre that day, we went to the magnificent Library of Birmingham, which of course you can see on the picture below. They have a lovely Children’s Library on the lower ground floor and even a small collection of German books for kids of all ages. Since German is my first language, this is pretty cool.
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On a daily basis, however, other libraries are much closer to where we live. Stirchley Library is in walking distance, and we are yet to check out their weekly Story & Rhyme sessions on Tuesday mornings – we’re already going to Baby Sensory classes that day. (Yes, my baby has a better social life than me.) But a couple of my friends with babies have been and I have heard that the sessions are very popular and well worth going too.
And last Friday, we made the short car journey to Northfield Library to go to the monthly Book-a-Boo! session. My baby might have slept through the whole hour of stories and nursery rhymes, but I like to think that she’ll grow up to see libraries as an exciting place full of stories and fun, if we continue to visit them. It was lovely to see the older kids engage with the stories too. And it’s all free!
I had a quick browse of the board books at Northfield Library and got quite excited about all the books – I’m sure we’ll be making best use of the collections in the not so distant future. For now, the baby is quite happy with the small selection of high contrast black-and-white books we’ve got at home.
In short, our libraries are great places (despite all the painful cut-backs on funding) – take your children there! I certainly will continue to do so.