School Voices: Should schools still have libraries?

A library: A building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow or refer to.

That’s what a library is to most people in the world, but not to me. I am fortunate enough to attend Akiva School, which has a library. When I first started school, I couldn’t fully appreciate the importance of a library because I could not yet read. Being read to and having the luxury of choosing books was fun but by the time I was in grade two, it was one of my favourite places to be.

A library is a place to read. But it’s much more than that - a place to relax, a place to calm down and nothing helps you calm down more than diving into a book.

Another thing that I love about a library is that it’s fun but still very different from anything else that’s fun.  Other than being quiet, there’s no limits as to who can be there. If you want to be there, then you can go right on in.  Compare that to an amusement park or a sports team. To participate in that kind of entertainment there are physical requirements; you need to be a certain height, or you need to be this good to make the team. In a library there’s none of that. All you need is your imagination!

To conclude, I strongly believe that every school should have a library, and if your school does have a library… use it or else you are really going to miss out on something special.  

Caleb Balinsky, Grade 6, Akiva School