Public Libraries Offer a World of Knowledge for Free

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Public Libraries Offer a World of Knowledge for Free

By Karla Rensch

Nowadays, we notice that one of the biggest global concerns – education – transcends race, religion or cultural boundaries. Education causes constant uncertainty in parents who cautiously consider the planning of their children’s future. After all, children are the future foundation of humanity.

It is a known fact worldwide that the United States is far ahead of Brazil and several other countries in terms of education. There are numerous educational entertainment options for American and immigrant children available here, in an outside-of-school environment. The U.S. Constitution guarantees every child the right to education, and this is without a doubt one of many reasons contributing to the constant growth in the number of people migrating to the country.

Migration is embracing a new culture, learning to interact with local customs sometimes very different from ours. It is to open the mind to the new and unknown. When migrating with children, what can be complicated becomes much more daunting and concerning for there are choices that must be made properly to guarantee the well-being of the children brought to another country. We often hear expatriates claim that migrating is only for strong people. And I agree with that.

Parents and teachers from all over the world claim that, currently, one of the biggest educational problems in well-known virtual forums about bilingual education and children’s behavior is early, unrestrained and easy access to technology. Children in the modern world are losing focus and interest in everyday activities and are forgetting to interact among themselves.

What can we do when the society we live in follows the same concept of prioritizing individualism and discouraging exchange and eye-to-eye contact relationships that were once normal and healthy? We know that times have changed, and evolution continues to follow its flow, but how healthy is this individualism and lack of interpersonal relationships among children?

A simple solution, accessible to everyone and largely adopted by Americans is to attend, periodically, activities at the local library. Every city has its own library and all of them offer different types of activities (all immigrants are welcome), free and interesting programs that, besides integrating children with local culture,  offer them the opportunity to interact with other children, acquire broad knowledge of different topics and embrace the wonderful and rich universe of literature.

Those who visit state libraries always win. It’s worth persisting and making those kinds of activities a routine for the whole family to build great and precious memories. It is a win-win situation!

Some addresses of Public Libraries in Connecticut:

Danbury: 170 Main Street – (203) 797-4505

Brookfield: 182 Whisconier Road – (203) 775-6241

Bethel: 189 Greenwood Avenue – (203) 794-8756

Newtown: 25th Main Street – (203) 426-4533

Ridgefield: 472 Main Street – (203) 438-2282

Bridgeport: 925 Broad Street – (203) 576-7400

Hartford: 500 Main Street – (860) 695-6300

 

 

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April 18, 2018

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