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.