Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shame on You, Librarian

On Saturday, Liam and I stopped at the library to pick up a few books. We have a ton of books around the house. However,  I get bored pretty easily, so I thought it would be good to see what our small town library had to offer. I was pretty surprised about the selection, and we chose four books to take home. When we went to exchange them for more this afternoon. I encountered a librarian who stopped to talk to Liam and to let me know how cute he was. I always enjoy being told how cute my kid is, so I smiled and thanked her. As we moved toward the desk to check out our new books she said, "Oh, do you have another child?"

"Um, no," I responded.

"Oh, so you're just reading to him?" she replied.  She seemed so shocked that I would read to my baby.

"Yeah, he likes the Llama Llama books," I said, when what I really wanted to say was, "Seriously, they allow you to be a librarian?"I was completely dumbfounded.

I immediately came home and Googled "benefits of reading to babies" and 32,800,000 articles popped up in 0.19 seconds.

According to this article, "Research shows that the more words a baby is exposed to, the better prepared he is to eventually start reading on his own," among other benefits.

Quite frankly, I don't really care how crazy the librarian thinks I am, I am going to continue reading to Liam. Some of my fondest memories as a kid are of reading with my mom. I wish for the same for Liam. I hope that he continues to love listening to me read, that he learns to love stories, and that he remembers fondly Saturday mornings spent reading Llama Llama Red Pajama.


  1. You keep reading to him as long as he's willing! Not only are you stimulating his growth and development, but you are actively loving him! I wonder how many of the kids we work with were read to? In addition, Liam will remember his mommy time fondly, but so will you! What a lucky baby Liam is to have you for a mommy!