Information Literacy Starts Young

Each Thursday morning on my way to work I’m delighted to listen to a radio essay on WUIS by child development expert Claudia Quigg of Decatur.  Her Let’s Talk Kids piece always contains some nuggets of wisdom for this empty-nester, but last week I really perked up when I discovered that the topic of her four minutes was libraries! 
Quigg had this to say about libraries:

“Imagine this… you walk into a space designed to welcome you. You discover there books, recordings, historical artifacts, and technology all provided for your free use. On top of that, there are paid professionals, educated and employed to help you use all of these resources.”

  She contends that not only do children have a richer reading experience by virtue of visiting the library,  but that they also become better citizens.  You can read or listen to the whole piece at

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