Public libraries are for the whole community. Many school libraries work closely with their local public libraries and encourage their students to become library users both within and beyond the school library environment.
A community of readers
School staff, school and public libraries, and families form the community of support needed to create readers. While reading is often private, it is also social as people share, discuss and review what they read within and across communities.
Online reading communities, like the more traditional book clubs, provide opportunities for readers to engage with a worldwide community of readers—places where people can discuss, recommend, review and quarrel with other readers.
There are a number of organisations, events and awards dedicated to creating and celebrating readers and children’s literature in New Zealand and overseas. Here are some you might like to follow up on.