Children’s librarians should be given top priority |

Children’s librarians should be given top priority

I am pleased that we no longer need to worry about our public libraries being privatized, but concerned about the possibility of letting children’s librarians go. Please don’t do that!

It would be best to keep all the librarians. Many of them have told me they’d be willing to have their hours reduced, if necessary.

But if we have to lay anyone off, it certainly shouldn’t be the children’s librarians because they are the most important ones.

Library Story Times teach young children to love books, which motivates them to work harder at learning to read when they get older. They learn a lot from the stories and activities, too.

School age kids need someone to direct them to just the right authors and topics. And the many activities for children help to build a sense of community. Children and parents who meet at library activities often remain friends for years.

It would be sad to lose any of our wonderful librarians, but if necessary, adults could squeak by with less help. But kids need librarians. Please, let’s keep them all, but especially the children’s librarians. Their work will change the future in a good way.

Janet Ann Collins

Grass Valley

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