Recently I read a blog post (http://bookriot.com/2016/01/06/the-power-of-a-libr... ) about the impact of having access to libraries for the homeless, the friendless, the poor and the lonely, providing a refuge and an escape from a world they find challenging, as well as providing books to enrich their lives.
Books provide adventures involving unknown and exotic places, with characters from the real and fantasy worlds across time, from yester-year to tomorrow.
Books provide insights into life; readers are given the freedom to explore personal and social issues from a safe distance. Readers are enriched by being able to apply the discoveries made during reading to their own lives. A young reader can find a new way to make a friend or cope with a new sibling. Teenagers can explore their identity and place in the world and adults are able to explore grief and recovery.
Books have the power to enrich our lives and shape our view of the world. We are so lucky to have access to school libraries that abound in quality literature enriching the lives of our young students in so many different ways.
A final thought: A man ought to read just as inclination leads him. – Samuel Johnson
Mrs Leesa Merifield Head of Learning (Information Literacy & Middle Years Academic Progression)
and Kym Oestreich - Teacher Librarian Early and Junior Years