Get your kids to the library this summer

Editor, The News:

If ever there were a time to take your child to the public library, it would be now! The summer is filled with days of swimming, playing outside, barbecues, and vacations.

However, there will always be those rainy days (especially in Western Pennsylvania). I encourage you to take a trip to the New Castle Public Library. Have your child get his/her own library card. This is a sign of independence, responsibility, and ownership.

Here is my list of favorite picture books that have a library theme:

1. The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark

2. Sam’s First Library Card by Gail Herman

3. Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden

4. The Mermaid’s Purse by Patricia Polacco

5. Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s First Bookmobile by Sharlee Glenn

6. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

7. The Library by Sarah Stewart

8. Check It Out! The Book About Libraries by Gail Gibbons

9. Splat the Cat and the Late Library Book by Rob Scotton

10. Edward and the Pirates by David McPhail

I hope you will start or continue your child’s connection with a public library. Various places have Story Time, too. Check out Apple Castle, New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, and Westminster College. Finally, there are several school libraries are open to sign out books on given days throughout the summer.

Whatever choice you make, be sure to read to and with your child every day throughout the summer. Happy reading!

Todd Cole

New Castle

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