Four years ago, we used to go to the library. We went for story-time, to meet authors, so my son plays with other kids and to check out books. But I started seeing a trend I didn’t like.
Visit the any Library in Colorado, and you will see some kids settle in computer areas. Forget the books on the shelves. Computers and e-readers are the thing of the future.
Gone are the days when you just went to libraries to check out books.
Dotting the central branch of the Denver Library are thousands of Denverites logged into their own mini-libraries, using the library’s mobile app to do research for homework, or the WiFi hotspots they checked out to fill in the holes in broadband access at home, or accessing e-books on one of the libraries’ tablets they can take home.
This is happening all over the country.
A library’s main customer are the low-income Americans.
I don’t believe that libraries should be competing with book stores, amazon, and google. They serve the poor by stocking the shelves with books.
What a great disadvantage for schools to be moving from teaching the foundation of reading, writing and arithmetic to teaching using tablet technology. The tablet is increasingly becoming a regular part of children’s lives. Children shouldn’t be allowed to interact with that technology early, and continuously, at home. US education curriculum in some schools have made online research and homework assignments on Google Docs the norm, which means that Americans with access to laptops and tablets at home are at a disadvantage. Why is this a disadvantage? Because Americans aren’t learning writing skills and they are becoming hooked to technology early on. It’s a dumbing down of Americans.
That American children could potentially have access to books. Actual physical books in their homes and open a world of possibilities. There is an entire world of knowledge that is opened up when you open a book and read it. Books inspire imagination in such a way that technology can never do.
Imagine a mother brings home a tablet from the library for her daughter, but they don’t have a WiFi connection. The tablet is pre-loaded with some content, but she can’t download e-books or access the internet without broadband access. What does she do? Host an Usborne Books & More home book party and get some free books-actual books-for her daughter.
This is a serious problem among low-income communities, as access to internet decreases with income and among non-white populations, according to data from Pew.”
In some low-income neighborhoods and public housing units around the country, internet service providers like Google Fiber are offering free or cheap broadband.
But access to books. Real books. Inspires a love of reading and a lifetime of learning that technology can never do. And when you read a real book, you have access to information that is legitimate and can be backed up that the internet can’t do. Children will learn how to discern what is fact from fiction when they have REAL books at home.
Unless we get real about teaching kids the importance of reading and having books in the home they can access with programs, like Usborne Books & More that donate free books to parents so they can start home libraries for their children just for hosting a book party, or donate free books to schools and libraries around the country through our fundraising programs, and educate parents on their role as advocates for reading books and reading aloud to their kids as early as birth, many kids will still be behind more affluent children who have easy access to BOOKS at home as well as other modern conveniences.
Being able to provide the resources and the books that people can’t afford on their own is something that I can help you with—that’s what I get paid to do and I should do. The Usborne Books & More consultant is the equalizer. 😉
With love, 💖
P.S. If you already know you want to host a book party with me, mark your calendar now for Tuesday, March 19 at 8:30PM Mountain Standard Time.
Schedule in your show and I will message you soon after and show you how to have a successful online party to get you started on your free home library. You’ll get $50 in free books and almost $70 in half-priced books and an extra $20 in free books from me.
So write it down now: party with Marla on Tuesday! 💥