Preschool education through public libraries

Steven Herb, Sara Willoughby-Herb

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This paper examines public library services to young children and their families and the possible effects of those services on preschool learning. The authors find that the American public library's democratic service mission, coupled with its ability to provide children with appropriate preschool educational experiences, has the potential benefit of preparing all children to be ready to learn when they enter school. The types of learning experiences naturally suited to public library services and library-community partnerships are those in the area of literacy, the crucial foundation for the learning that takes place both in and out of school. The four sections of the paper focus on the rationale and context for connecting public libraries and literacy (the introduction); analyzing the readiness-to-learn literature, especially as it pertains to literacy (Readiness to Learn); constructing a framework for literacy based on current theory, research, and exemplary practice (The Framework); and applying the framework to a discussion of readiness practices and programs in public libraries (Exemplary Public Library Practices and Programs for Preschoolers and Their Caregivers).

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSchool Library Media Research
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Media Technology
  • Library and Information Sciences


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