Most often, when there’s polling to be done, it’s the grownups who get to answer the big questions. Here at Little Pickle Press, we (like you) know that out of the mouth of babes comes wisdom. Also some super funny stuff sometimes, but hey. We asked a bunch of kids why libraries are important, and they’ve hit the nail right on the head. The answers range from sweet to profound; read on and enjoy their answers.
“Libraries are important because if you don’t have a computer in your home, you can use one at the library. And if you don’t have any books, you can read in the library, and it’s free. And they have a bunch of fun and games at every library.” —Katie, 8
“Because it is like reading. You go in there and find books and read them.” —Simmie, 12
“They let families like us who don’t have much money read so many books we would NEVER be able to read otherwise!” — Maryam, 9
“Because books are important to help us learn.” —Kate, 5
“Well, so you can read and learn! And if Mom and Dad can’t buy you books you can barrow them at the library, and if you don’t have any toys you can go to the library for story time and you get to make stuff.” —Kamberlyn, 7
“Because there are books there.” —Kaylor, 6
“It’s good for us to go because people see us and find out that Muslims are people like them. And they have the Hardy Boys.” —Mu’aadh, 11
“I don’t know.” —Isaac, 3
“Because you can find out all sorts of things in books.” —Tanis, 6
“If some kids don’t have access to books at home, they can go to the library and get them, or just read there if their parents are mean … like Matilda!” —Lily, 9
“Because [the] Summer Reading Program starts next week!” —Shirley, 7
“Because you HAVE TO READ!” —Kinz, 3
“I like it because we get books, and ice cream after. I like books, and I like ice cream, so that’s good! Right?” —Asmaa, 4
A huge thank you to all of our wonderful interviewees, and an equally huge thank you to their families for giving these kiddos a love of reading. How about you? Why do YOU think libraries are important?