The setting is the library that has a great amount of reading space. The setting was selected as it can help in providing a great deal of light on the important factors that can encourage the habit of reading in the children.
I saw after entering the children’s library that there were enough space on the shelves so that the children can easily get access to the books easily. There were some shelves that were completely empty so that it will help the children to keep the books that they are not interested in. The availability of the book ends can help in preventing the books from falling into that of a messy heap (Topping and Sheila, pp 142). I saw that the library had the mixture of open along with closed shelving that can help in displaying the more attractive books. It can help the children in getting hold of their favourite books. The closed shelving helped in storing the precious books of the library.
I saw that the lighting of the library was bright and the environment was themed that helped in garnering excitement for the children. I saw that the walls of the library had stories depicted with the help of images that can encourage the interest of the children towards reading stories. The bright lights of the library can help the children in focussing on their stories and it can help them in seeing clearly (Entwisle, pp 32). I observed that the library for the children had a large number of posters along with curtains. I saw that there were many chairs kept around a table that can facilitate the children in reading the books comfortably. I also observed that mats were also placed in the library that can help the children in sitting comfortably on the floor. The children’s library also had the facility of bilingual books that helps in reflecting the language that is spoken at home of that of the families within the community. I saw that there were also CD’s relating to the children’s music that helped in providing entertainment to the children (Wall and Yvel, pp 167).
I observed that there were book baskets on which the name of a particular category was written and the baskets have been arranged in the number order for the convenience of the children. There were individual book labels on the book baskets and the labels had clip-art picture along with the title of the book. These kinds of resources can prove to be advantageous for the children and help them in locating their favourite books within the library space. There were some chairs that were kept separately so that the children who wanted to read on their own could carry on their work without any kind of interruption (Ornstein, pp 76). I saw that the children’s library was environment friendly and it was powered with the help of the natural resource like that of sun. I observed that there was abundant natural light in the room that can facilitate the process of reading of the children. I saw that there were live flowers and flower beds at the corner of the room that can induce an element of the natural light in the library.
There are certain modifications that can be brought about in the children’s library for providing the children with a better experience. Facilities should be made for the disabled children that can help them in getting access to the reading space of the library. The materials should be provided in multiple format like big books, pop-up books and sensory books. There are some kids who are sensory-seeking and they want tactile experiences. There are other kids who want to avoid any kinds of sensory and opportunities should be provided for them in the library space (Oprea, pp 153). There should be rooms in the children’s library that can help in minimizing distraction. There should be opportunities for defined seating spaces like carpet square that can help in supporting the kid who needs help with the boundaries.
The book setting in the children’s library can help the children in getting hold of their favourite books. The book baskets can help the children in locating their favourite books so that it can help in improving their reading habit (Pervin, pp 134). The open and that of closed shelving used in the children’s libraries can help in the storage of the books so that the children gets attracted by the visual appeal of the books. The library organized on practical lines can help in drawing a large number of children and it can augment the interest of the children towards reading.
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