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Library Day

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Beloved author Anne Rockwell celebrates books, the love of reading, and of course, libraries, with a gorgeous new picture book about a child’s first visit to the library!

One day, a young boy visits the library for the very first time. While he’s there he listens to stories, reads books and magazines, and learns that there are also movies, crafts, chess, and puppet shows—so
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Aladdin
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Jun 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'll spring for 1.5 stars, I'm feeling generous today. Since when have libraries been day care centers? It is NOT OKAY to leave your children unattended in a library. Also, since when have kids been allowed to wander around by themselves after storytime? And why is the librarian so old and matronly? That's not a good representation of the field. I agree with what someone else said about the movies looking like books. That's just confusing. And when was the last time you saw a couple of "older ki ...more
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Minus all the points imaginable for having Dad just drop his kid off at storytime and doing his own thing for an hour. Librarians are not there to babysit your child.
Minus even more points for the author advertising her own book later in the story.
Any book about the importance of a library is worth reading.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I gave it 3 starts because the book does a good job covering a lot of what a library has to offer.

-Diverse library crowd.
-Discusses where to return your library books (not everyone who visits my library knows this).
-The child gets his own library card before they leave.
-There's mention of an upcoming library program.

The dad drops his child off to storytime and while he goes to look at books. WHAT? I don't know of any librarian today who encourages the parent to drop off their chil
Mar 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
I am a librarian and I believe this is the worst book about libraries that I have read. Based on the pictures, I don't think the author/illustrator has actually been in a library in 20 years. There are only 2 computers shown, magazines (which are phasing out to be digital) are prominently discussed, the "movies" look more like books and make the display confusing and the father is shown to drop off his child for storytime (most libraries require a parent present during this type of programming). ...more
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a little dry for a picture book, but would be a good choice to read to a child before their first visit to the library.
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book, but I disagree with dropping off your child and going to a different section. I wish it had been more of a "reading and enjoying the library together" story.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Story HOUR? The dad just leaves the kid alone in the room? All the kids are quietly doing their own thing? What year/world is this?
Nancy Kotkin
There are many things this picture book gets right. A boy and his father visit a library (Dudes read!). The boy attends story time and even makes a friend (Reading is NOT boring and does not have to be a solitary activity all the time.). One of the librarians is male and Latino (Diversity and breaks the stereotype of the female librarian.). The boy discovers the library has many resources in addition to books: toys for young children, magazines (Yes, they still print some of these.), movies, com ...more
I didn't love this. But because it is a "library" book I will give it 3 stars. Maybe as a librarian I am a little pickier about what library books I love? But there are some things here that happen that aren't actually allowed in my library. (Such as parents leaving kids alone at story time while they go off to find their own books...story time is meant for kids and parents and leaving the kids just makes librarians babysitters--which we aren't.) Anyway, I'll have it in my library...but I don't ...more
Sara D
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A sweet and informative introduction to the library, but I wish the parent in the story hadn't left his child unattended.

I know that every library has different rules for this. However, I feel it's not not a good precedent to set with parents that it's the norm to leave not only the storytime area, but the children's area altogether. The child depicted in this book is very young, and his father leaves for an indeterminate amount of time.
Brindi Michele
Apr 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
as a children's librarian, i'm cringing.... why are you leaving the child unattended in the library, dad?! i thought this book portrayed the library well, um 20 years ago. but i did like the importance of letting a baby/toddler explore the books, and doing her own "reading". (but minus a star for the author using fake book titles and authors, oh except for the part where she advertised her own...)
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I wish the pictures were more updates. Maybe a younger librarian, or a man. And I really hate that the father left the kid in the library room. Not ok. I did like that it showcased all awesomeness you can find in the library.
Taylor Kundel-Gower
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Dad! You have to stay at storytime, man! It's fun and educational for both parents and children! Plus, um, safety. Other than that, this is a nice book. It's a positive introduction to libraries. It made me feel cozy.
I'm torn. I wanted to like this because it shows lots of things about libraries for kids, but I really, really did not like that the dad just dropped the kid in the children's section at storytime and took off. Nope, nope, nope!
I am a huge fan of the Rockwells' books. Love the bright illustrations and diversity of characters. I liked the reference to one of my favorite Rockwell books as well. Only negative was the parent dropping child off to storytime and leaving.
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
This would be a good one for Library week, talks about the different things that you can do at the library in a fun story format.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Books that encourage kids to read and visit the public library are great, including this one.
Author: Anne Rockwell
Illustrator: Lizzy Rockwell
Age Recommendation: Pre-School/ Kinder
Art Style: Watercolour illustrations
Topic/ Theme: Libraries and Children, Promotion of Reading
Setting: Byram Public Library (semi-fictional)
Series: My First Experience

Library Day is cute and does well to showcase a traditional western public library to a young audience. It perpetuates some stereotypes but has a reasonable amount of representation of minority groups. It isn't all Anglo-Saxon people and the staff

Joanne Roberts
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice addition to the "My First Experience" series. Like the others in the series, this book explains the purpose of a library and details its features through the eyes of a child. The first person narrator explores the stacks, makes a friend, reads magazines, gets a library card, listens to stories, and learns there's more to a library than books: computers, crafts, puppet plays, etc. Thorough and well-executed in art and text. The story also functions as a sweet story about a dad and son on t ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: skylar
Great book about getting your first library card.
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Probably more appropriate for 5-6 year olds.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book to introduce children to all the things that the library has to offer.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-to-buy
Great book to teach kids all of sevices and possibilities of a library.

It reminded me of going to the library when I was a kid and why I still love them.
Ms Threlkeld
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I was surprised this was published in 2016; the story and illustrations feel very quaint and don’t match up with my daughter’s library experience.
Heather Jo
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meggie-list
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Black Carrie
Hope the library never closes
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-requests
TO READ: During Preschool and Kindergarten class visits, Toddler Time and Preschool Play.
A cute book about a trip to the library. I know my preschool story time kids would tell me that this library is different from the library in the book!
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Nice illustrations, but a fairly ridiculous and outdated depiction of a library.

The dad just drops off his very young child in the kids' dept. and wanders away into a different part of the building. I know incompetent parents do this, but we don't want to encourage it, or let parents and kids believe that it's a safe and fun thing to do.

This fantasy library has teenagers playing chess, not blaring their cell phones and yelling profanities at each other and staff. The one (!) computer is being qu
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