The Importance of an Elementary School Library

Elementary school is the first stage of education, which means it is an essential step in children’s education. Here is where they form some of their first values, and where they are introduced to basic knowledge that they’ll use for the rest of their lives. Because most children learn to read and write at this stage, it is very important for every school to have an elementary school library. This is so that the children can be encouraged from an early age to read and study, and to realize that knowledge is more valuable than anything else. The habit of reading, and the pleasure of reading a good book should be discovered early on, and this is how they become part of who we are.

At such an early stage, there are little differences between children, and even when they notice some differences, children don’t place as much emphasis on them as we adults do; on the contrary, they seek the similarities, and become friends based on them. In that regard, there will be little differences between a rich child and a poor child, at least where behavior or intelligence are concerned. And if the children learn good values at this age, they will grow up without needing to discriminate. The elementary school library can be a good environment for that; it makes children rich in knowledge and education, and it can create a healthy competition.

The reasons why the elementary school library is a subject to be debated is that not all schools have them; although all schools have libraries, not all of them are prepared to meet the needs of very young children. So even if they would want to read, there would be nothing to attract them, nothing at their level of interest and education. Without this incentive, lots of children never get the reading bug, and later on when they are forced to read books, don’t enjoy them. Another reason why an elementary school library is important is because it can erase social differences; a child with well-to-do parents can get them to buy books for his/her age, but a child whose parents don’t have the material means won’t be able to satisfy these needs.

Thus, even if the two children go to the same school, the first will get a much better education because they had better access to books and information. The elementary school library will make those differences disappear because it will give both children access to the same information and the same books. In poorer communities, the library can be a very important hub, because children can come and do their homework with the books they find there. Moreover, today the library can also offer access to computers and internet, and even though they are sometimes abused, they can also be an important source of learning.

The conclusion is that all schools should have comprehensive and complete libraries; it is true not all of them can afford it, but the school system should place an emphasis on it and utilize some of its budget to improving the situation.