By Cheryl Petersen
The Daily Star
---- — At the Cannon Free Library in Delhi on Tuesday, several toddlers were getting introduced to the benefits of their local library during National Library Week.
Cannon is among the libraries nationwide participating in the week-long celebration of the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. This year’s theme is “Communities matter at your library.”
“I’ve been bringing children to the library for over 15 years,” said Laura Gioffe, day care owner. “We always come for the Toddler Rhyme Time.”
Toddler Rhyme Time is an organized event held weekly at Cannon Free Public Library in Delhi. Events Coordinator Heather Johnson reads books out loud and repeats familiar rhymes, enticing everyone to join in.
“Mrs. Johnson reads new and interesting books,” said Nate Lewis, father of 3-year old Jaden. “She gets the children to mimic rhymes and follow her directions.”
Mrs. Johnson persuaded Jaden and other participants to act out the moves to “I’m a Little Tea Pot.”
When asked what his favorite books were, Jaden answered, “Thomas the Train and Curious George.”
While there was plenty of activity inside Cannon, the services of the library don’t end there.
“As part of National Library Week, Wednesday was chosen as National Bookmobile Day,” library director Stacy Tromblee said Tuesday. Now referred to as the Cybermobile to reflect their online capabilities, these mobile libraries travels the region each month as part of the Four County Library System, making stops in towns across Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Broome counties.
“These mobile units are a way to reach the rural areas of our region,” Tromblee explained.
Historically, the idea of a bookmobile service started in 1905, when a librarian from Maryland sent out the first book wagon in the United States. The bookmobile was pulled by two horses, guided by the janitor of the Washington County Free Library. By 1912, motorized bookmobiles were born, transporting books not only to rural areas, but also to local schools and senior centers.
Today is Celebrate Teen Literature Day. At Cannon, pre-teens are discovering the new addition of a series by author Ann Hood. The “Treasure Chest” series is about twins Maisie and Felix, who learn the secrets and rules of time travel, where they encounter some famous and forgotten people. Readers are introduced to inspirations such as Clara Barton, Alexander Hamilton, Pearl Buck and Harry Houdini.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the ALA and libraries across the country each April.