It is such a simple concept, but it was not until a recent discussion with Emma Walton Hamilton, author of Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, that it hit me: every child should have his or her own library card. I always knew this on an intellectual educator level, but on a practical parental level, I overlooked it. We love taking family trips to the library, but when we are finished selecting our books, I take them all to the counter and check them out myself.
Emma suggested that children should have their own library cards so that they can check out their own books and be responsible for returning them. So after my Emma-inspired epiphany, I took the girls to get their own library cards and it was a completely different experience for them. They loved signing the back of their own cards and took great care in selecting their books. It is a small thing that makes a big difference!