Family Milestones

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The Kalamazoo Gazette’s Linda Mah recently wrote about her 10-year old daughters moving from KPL’s children’s room to its teen area in her opinion column, “My Girls are Ready for a Big Downtown Move.”

From the library perspective, I am so pleased that Linda’s daughters have had such a wonderful experience in the children’s room, and such a strong introduction to books and reading. I appreciate Linda’s mention of our dedicated staff by name, and hope her family’s experience will encourage others to become library users too. However, my strongest reaction to Linda’s article was as a parent.

My children are in college. I well remember, as all parents do, a variety of transitions during their elementary and middle school years. Linda wrote about the library transition with such moving words and images that it brought tears to the eyes of several of my colleagues. Me, too.

Thanks, Linda, for sharing this special time with your readers, but more importantly for reminding parents of these milestones. The years go fast.

Bring your children for a visit. Build library traditions in your home.


Children's Room

Posted by Ann Rohrbaugh at 03/23/2009 12:17:33 PM | 

For those of us who have been here at KPL for a while, part of the joy of our work is seeing the children grow up and explore other areas of the library. We miss them, of course, but love knowing that they had a good start in the Children's Room!
Posted by: Susan ( Email ) at 3/24/2009 3:51 PM

Laddering up on Susan's comment, as a KPL staff person who has "been here for a while," my comment is that it's great to see second generation storytime attenders...the children who came to programs 18+ years ago are now coming with THEIR children. And, the other week, an 18 year old came to introduce his girlfriend to "Miss Ann at the Library." Success stories abound, I'm sure.
Posted by: Ann Fleming ( Email | Visit ) at 3/25/2009 4:54 PM

Great reminders, all! We should never fail to realize how important caregivers, teachers, and certainly librarians are to our children and their development. Thank you for all you do!
Posted by: Keith ( Email ) at 3/26/2009 1:14 PM

I truly believe "my" branch library has helped raise my children. Weekly trips to the library have been as important as weekly trips to the grocery store. Any academic success my children may gain is due in large part to our wonderful Kalamazoo Public Library. I've felt great pride in seeing transformations our local Oshtemo branch has gone through in the 17 years I've been a resident. What a treasure we have in Kalamazoo!
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