Reflections of Research Reports

Growing up in a rural community meant there wasn’t a library in our small town. To go to the library, we had to go to the city, which by today’s standards was not far, but it was a special trip. Once a week, my mother would take me to the library and we would choose enough books to last until the next visit. My mother felt visiting the library was just as important as going grocery shopping. The importance she placed on reading has influenced my thinking and how I am raising my children.

While reviewing the different research reports, the one that most interested me was from Pew Internet & American Life Project, Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading. The survey states that parents with minor children feel libraries are very important for their children. Specifically, 81% say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries provide their children with information and resources not available at home. Thinking about my EQ and increasing children’s background knowledge, parents who utilize the library are exposing their children to more of the world around them probably without even realizing their children’s need for background knowledge.

As I was reading the report, I recognized that my mother would have been an excellent candidate for this survey. Due to the significance she placed on reading and education, I can honestly say it has made an impact on my educational success and my life. Therefore, I see an opportunity when I am a Media Specialist to encourage parents to utilize the school’s media center for checking out books, videos, and audio materials. Parents could check out books to read aloud to their young child(ren) or read what their older child is reading to spark discussion.

I think Dr. Seuss says it best from I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Miller, Carolyn, Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie, and Kristen Purcell. “Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading | Pew Internet Libraries.” Pew Internet Libraries | Just another Pew Research site. N.p., 1 May 2013. Web. 2 Sept. 2013.

Geisel, Theodor Seuss. I can read with my eyes shut. [Nachdr.] ed. New York: Beginner Books, 1978. Print.

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  1. Thoughts and Things
    Sep 03, 2013 @ 22:15:10

    I also had a mother who brought my siblings and I to the library when I was young. What a wonderful experience to share with your children. I like the idea of parents utilizing the school library – that is something I haven’t really considered. Also, I think parents should still read aloud to their older children. I babysat for a family whose mother was a school librarian and she had me do that (the oldest child was 11) and it is such a good bonding experience and great way to end an evening. Just a thought.

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