PLATTSBURGH — Children will read anything and everything they can get their hands on.
“I give great thanks to J.K. Rowling who authored the ‘Harry Potter’ books,” said Sharon Bandhold, youth services librarian at the Plattsburgh Public Library. “They came out when I first started working here. She rejuvenated reading throughout the world.”
In the intervening years, there are many more options for reading, such as eBooks.
“Our library system has a downloadable eBook program and also a downloadable audio book (program),” she said, adding that they are free. “There’s a two-week loan for eBooks.”
Having children check out books from their local library is the primary choice for parents who are not comfortable with giving their kids access to a credit card to purchase eBooks online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Visitors to the library’s Children’s Room peak during the summer months. There, patrons get books the old-fashioned way.
“(With) the economy being the way it is, if a parent has to choose between food or gas instead of buying books, that’s why we’re here, to keep people reading all the newest books available,” Bandhold said.
The Children’s Room offers “Story Time for Preschoolers” at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays.
Bandhold’s picture-book recommendations for children ages 7 or 8 are “A Ball for Daisy” by Chris Raschka, “How To Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps” by Jennifer Huget, “The Smash-Up Crash-Up Derby” by Tres Seymour and “Who’s That Banging on the Ceiling?: A Multistory” by Colin McNaughton.
Juvenile fiction choices for children ages 8 to 11 are “The Boy of a Thousand Faces” by Brian Selznick, “The Dark is Rising” by Susan Cooper, “First Light” by Rebecca Stead and “Punished” by David Lubar.
Two young-adult fiction titles are “Revolution” by Jennifer Donnelly and “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater.