President Barack Obama highlighted support for early learning in his State of the Union address. He should go to the library, according to advocates for using the public library as a key part of the learning process for toddlers to four-year-olds.
Many libraries these days are more than musty book stacks and card catalogs and maybe an occasional story-time session. They are becoming fun and inexpensive places for children and parents to write the opening chapters in a lifetime of learning.
Sandy Feinberg runs a national program called Family Place Libraries that teaches librarians how to adapt to the needs of pre-kindergarten kids.
A recent nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center found that 82-percent of those polled “strongly support libraries offering free early literacy programs to help young children prepare for school.”