Encouraging a love of books at Bedford County Library

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss

I love libraries and can recall spending a good deal of time at the Bedford County Library growing up. Surrounded by books, the sounds of pages turning, hushed voices, and keys tapping on computer keyboards. It was a peaceful place yet open to possibilities. Worlds to explore, adventures to be had, great love stories to hear, magic to discover. Every book, every page held a different tale to tell, a different dream to chase.

I have been reading to my boys since the days they were born hoping to instill a love of books in them as well. They now enjoy visiting libraries and checking out books as well.

The Bedford County Library has a cute children’s area in its own room in the building. The room has beautiful hand-painted murals on the walls. The murals have bright colors with kids, animals, sports, and books. They are eye-catching and appealing to young children.

Obviously, the toys are a hit with children as well. The lego section is great for fine motor skills, color recognition, math skills, early engineering skills.

The small table and toy area changes depending on the story time theme. We have not had an opportunity to join in on story time but the boys enjoyed reading the vet books and playing with the animal and vet toys.

The corner table has alphabet tiles and a magnadoodle. Both boys did take the time to work on letters as well before returning to the legos and vet set.

All-in-all trips to the library are always a hit. The boys enjoy exploring new toys outside of the house, having a new place to play, and borrowing new books.

I like that I can now reserve the books online through the library catalog portal. We have been reading books on different themes (this month it’s tractors) so searching the online portal ahead of time is easy and convenient. I receive an email notification and the books are waiting for me at the front desk. It actually makes our library time more enjoyable because we can spend more time playing and learning together instead of searching for books. Our books are already ready to go.

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

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