ERIC Number: ED287604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May-1
Reference Count: 0
Providing Books for Young Children: The Role of Parents.
Dzama, Mary Ann; Gilstrap, Robert L.
Informal talks with teachers and head librarians, interviews with three preschool directors, and a review of literature were conducted to investigate the reasons why parents of preschool children infrequently used the public libraries available to them. Preschool directors were not surprised that only 45 percent of parents participating in a descriptive study used the public library as the primary source for books they read to their preschool children. They attributed parents' low level of library use to their relative affluence and disinclination to make the effort required to use the library. All directors provided children's books in the classroom, and made additional efforts to promote children's literacy, but none of the preschools had a library. Head librarians expressed surprise and concern about the finding of low use by parents. They suggested that services for preschool children were insufficient and briefly described their programs for preschoolers, their parents, and caregivers, as well as special programs planned for the future. Concluding discussion lists strategies and activities recommended by teachers, professional education associations, and librarians. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Childhood Education International (Omaha, NE, April 30-May 3, 1987).