“We have a broad range of material, fiction and nonfiction. I find reading incredibly relaxing. I can’t imagine that being taken away from the people of this area,” Bandhold said. “Because we’re in such tight economic times, a huge amount of people are coming in. We have many Plattsburgh State students in education courses, reading courses or literacy courses coming to use our library.”
Bandhold is among the staffers who continuously purchase books from January to mid-November. Their selections are based on reviews in professional library journals.
The staffers are also constantly weeding books out of the collection that may not have circulated in three years. Now, new books can be easily accessed upon entering the Children’s Room.
Bandhold advises parents to keep their kids reading so they can love and enjoy reading.
“You don’t have to sit and read to them for a long time. Fifteen minutes a night is long enough. For some kids, that’s as long as their attention spans go.”
National Common Core Standards are being phased in through 2014.
“Reading consistently should help children read at or above their grade level, which is part of what the Common Core Standards will look at,” Bandhold said.
Reading is a nutrient for the brain in Bandhold’s estimation.
“Hopefully, it’s something they will love all their lives,” she said.
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