«It is not at all uncommon to hear a kid say «I don´t like reading. It’s boring». They carry this idea that books are stale, dead objects standing on a shelf, and that they can find no excitement, no thrill in them. Yet it takes one good story to come to life, one talented illustrator to colour the whole room, to make this child change his mind. Books entertain in the best way they know: silently, warmly, unpretentiously.
The school library aims at generating this natural bond between child and book. We show enthusiasm and care for books and authors, and children are very receptive to this. Storytelling is usually the most revealing time: words have rhythm and characters have voices and the whole book is such a fun experience. Students can borrow books from the library, and there’s another revealing moment: most of them do, and they choose their stories conscientiously, choosing one author over another, one topic over another. The message is clear: We Love Books, and the message is contagious. It’s perfectly clear that far from the dark, gloomy library that prevails in people’s minds, the school library… is alive!»