Daughter: Mom, I have too many books.
Daughter: I have to scan them.
Mother: Scan them?
Daughter: Yes, mom. I have to scan them.
Mother: Why do you have so many books?
Daughter: ‘Cause, if I scan them, I’ll read them.
Ah, the logic of a child.
This exchange reveals a basic understanding of a specific process for this child.
Life is full of processes; some we carefully think through, and some we don’t give a second thought to.
Go to the grocery store, grab a cartoon of milk, proceed to the cashier, and pay.
As simple as this analogy is, it describes a process – a series of actions or steps taken to achieve a particular end.
As the child in the conversation above understands, there is a process to bringing books home, and while her logic may not make complete sense, she understands there are steps to achieving her goal.
Lifelong learning requires a process, one that hopefully begins at an early age and continues throughout a person’s life.
Here at Airdrie Public Library (APL), we’re all about that process, from birth onward. Our early learning literacy programs are designed to introduce young minds to the wonders of stories, imagination, and language, using picture books, readers, and play.
APL programs for kindergarten students to the pre-teen years build further literacy skills by using age-appropriate books, games, STEM, and physical activity.
The process marches forward into the teen years with specific literacy and learning opportunities to help this age group navigate the complexities of relationships, community, and preparation for post-secondary education.
Of course, the journey keeps unfolding, revealing that no matter your age, be it nine months or 90 years, libraries are essential to the process of lifelong learning.
For more information on APL’s programs and services, visit www.airdriepubliclibrary.ca