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Reading Helps Makes Sense of Our Lives

by | Apr 22, 2016 | Museum News

Reading broadly and avidly, helps us make sense of our own lives, and the lives of others. This is especially true for young children, who have less real world  experience, and less ability to control many of the aspects of their daily lives. Reading books can inspire children to be more curious and conscious about the world around them, to ask more questions and seek more answers. Reading with young children is vital for expanding their schemas about the world and for opening up their imaginations for the possibilities the world holds. Reading provides avenues for empathy towards others and the natural world, inquiry and innovation, schema building, scaffolding of knowledge, entertainment and celebration of the joys of living. I think author Anne Lamott described the reading best in her book Bird by Bird

Worlds Unfold

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. . . . My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I’m grateful for it the way I’m grateful for the ocean. Aren’t you? (p. 15)

Please share the joy and wonder of reading by checking out our Little Free Library. We encourage you to bring a book to leave for others and take a new one to enjoy with the children in your lives.

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