When I was young, going to the local library was a special treat for me. My dad would take my siblings and I every Saturday and we would spend at least two hours just browsing the rows and rows of shelves and reading as many books as we could get our hands on. We each had our own library card, which back in those days was a thin piece of cardboard on which the librarian would handwrite the books we were borrowing and then put a date stamp on it. My library visits definitely played a big role in turning me into a book lover. Reading for me is a way to escape, a way to relax and unwind and forget the worries of the world.
Once I had my own children, I started taking them to the library as soon as they were old enough. They too have developed a love of reading, starting from the simplest of books when they were toddlers to now reading novels. Although iBook’s and books on kindle are becoming the norm, there is nothing better than sitting down with a good paper book just before bedtime or on a rainy afternoon. The library is also a great alternative to screen time for my kids. The screen provides instant gratification whereas a book builds up the story and allows the mind to take over, trying to work out the storyline and creating the images in the head. More often than not, books are better than the movie versions!
For a child, libraries provide a safe space for their minds to learn and grow. Children are exposed to choice. They can borrow as many different books as they want until they discover a genre that they love. Reading from an early age helps a child’s brain grow and strengthen and by visiting their local library they are learning to accept reading as a part of life.
These days, libraries offer so much for both children and adults:
Whether it’s a rainy day, school holidays or just a casual visit here and there for a school project or research the library is a place where you can let your mind get lost in a book and let your imagination run wild.
There is never a lack of books a child can read, from newer authors to the classics, there is something for every child. The City of Gold Coast libraries recommend some authors every child should read:
The Gold Coast has some great libraries you can visit:
Broadbeach: 61 Sunshine Boulevard, Mermaid Waters
Burleigh Heads: Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Waters: Corner Christine Avenue and Galeen Drive
Coolangatta: Level 1, The Strand, Corner Marine Parade and Dutton Street Coolangatta
Elenora: The Pines Shopping Centre, Guineas Creek Road, Elenora
Helensvale: Corner Lindfield Road and Sir John Overall Drive, Helensvale
Nerang: Corner White and Price Streets, Nerang
Palm Beach: Eleventh Avenue, Palm Beach
Robina: 196 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
Runaway Bay: Lae Drive, Runaway Bay
Southport: Corner Garden and Lawson Streets, Southport
Upper Coomera: Corner Reserve and Abraham Roads, Upper Coomera