Let children choose their own books (part 2)

“If it hasn’t got any words in it, you’re not having it!”

My sister Mary and I overheard a mother saying this at Woking Library a couple of weeks ago and we just looked at each other and sighed. Should we have said something, or would that have just put her off libraries all together? If I’d been at work I’d have laughed and told the woman how good the book was but as a visitor I didn’t feel I could say anything.

Michael Rosen talks about helping children understand what they are asked to read and suggests you “Take children to a library and encourage them to borrow anything that they want. Keep doing it.” Perhaps libraries should have signs telling people to let children choose their own books?

I must say how impressed I was with Woking Library! It’s like a fantastic book shop with the emphasis definitely on books, unlike many newly refurbished libraries I’ve seen. I chatted with some really friendly staff and picked up loads of ideas I’d like to use at Langley.



2 thoughts on “Let children choose their own books (part 2)

    1. blackcountrylibrarian Post author

      I’ve just re-read your Watch Your Language post (this reminded me of it), but I suppose this isn’t exactly a case of ethics or political correctness. If the woman had been hitting her child in a library, I would definitely have spoken up, but where do you draw the line?


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