Libraries are Magical


How did we learn as infants?  Ask your parents.

I used this technique in teaching beginning German.

We first listened.  Then came learning to speak.

Finally, to read.  Write too.  Thus parents are


our first teachers.  The language of love knows

no bounds.  We made silly expressions.  Sang

songs.  Danced.  Wiggled and clapped hands.

Smiled. In German classes, we produced sounds


not in the English language.  The Umlaut.

We are a trilingual family:  German, French, English.

Starting foreign languages when young is so

beneficial. Children learn easily.   Our daughter


recorded me singing Brahms Lullaby in German

just as I had sung to our children daily as they

grew up.  It was not unusual for my classes to

sing together in German.  Daily for the nine


months in the womb, our granddaughter heard

me sing in German.  In the hospital at birth, my

daughter asked me to sing the lullaby to comfort

her with familiar sounds and words.  Now the


next generation of parents will teach. New

songs.   Music is food for the soul.  Libraries offer

a wealth of programs for the little ones and their

parents.  We often took our children to a story hour.


Music and gestures were involved.  One of our

favorite libraries was downtown.  The highlight

was the elevator which a man operated by

closing the first gate and then the door.  He


asked for floor numbers before the elevator climbed

upstairs to the large room for story hour. Sadly, that

library closed, but we discovered other branch

libraries.  We allowed our children to select


their own books in the children’s section.  They

checked them out too.  Such grownup activities!

We had new books to read aloud.  Songs to sing too.

And best of all, libraries became a weekly adventure.


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12 Responses to Libraries are Magical

  1. R N says:

    Fun days and memories in the library along with instilling a love for reading!

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  2. cindy knoke says:

    What a happy sweetheart!

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  3. Darlene says:

    I have fond memories of going to the library in the city near our farm, an hour’s drive away. We didn’t get there often but I was so excited to be able to pick out books to take home and read. Introducing children to books and songs is the best thing one can do for a child. Love the picture of your granddaughter and the book!

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    • Darlene, thank you for your detailed comment. It must have been a big event and treat to go to town and get books. I agree that books and songs need early introduction in a child’s development. Great memories and fond ones you had! As I write, big snowflakes are falling down to remind us that old man winter is not done here. Hope you have a lovely weekend! oxox

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  4. Emily says:

    Fun memories! Excited to make many with this little angel, so precious! Xoxo

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    • Emily, thanks for the lovely comment. Books, songs, story telling, and reading aloud develop a child’s vocabulary. Enjoy your little one as a Mom, parent and first teacher she will ever know and have. You will make many fond memories over the years. oxox


  5. Arno Bode, Cologne , Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann ,
    eine wundervolle Geschichte in Deinem Blog zeigt wie Du es schaffst Literatur und Musik in einer bezaubernden Weise an junge Menschen weiter zu geben. Auch Deine Tochter weiß das zu schätzen und wir Deine Enkelin sicher auf diese Weise beim ” groß werden “unterstützen. Es ist eine große Freude ,das Glück der Erwachsenen zu sehen wie Kinder sich entwickeln.
    Alles Liebe für Dich und Deine Familie .
    wünscht Dir
    Dein Arno

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    • Lieber Arno,
      Generationen vor und nach uns weben Geschichten und Musik. Einige wurden mündlich weitergegeben. Andere sind schriftlich. Es ist schwierig, das Wunder in den Augen und Ohren der Kinder zu beschreiben und zu verstehen, wenn sie Lieder und Geschichten hören. Liebe ist in alles involviert, was wir in unserem Leben sagen und tun. Vielen Dank für Deinen aufschlussreichen Kommentar. Mögest Du einen freudigen Tag und viel Glück in dieser Osterzeit haben. Alles Gute für Dich und Deine Familie wünscht Dir und Lilly
      Deine Mary Ann


  6. maria giudice says:

    Hi Mary Ann
    I remember we all read and sing in Italian too; it was fun for everyone learning to dance with little feet; love them all. Happy weekend to you all. Love Zia &; Zio,Maria &; Joe !!

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    • Maria (Zia), thank you for commenting on this blog. I recall our children learning Italian and singing with you too. As if it were yesterday. We enjoy our memories of you and Zio Joe too. How enjoyable it was! Have a good rest of your day and week. Love oxoxoxox


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