As parents, we all know that reading plays a critical role in children’s growth and development. Reading has been proven through research to be the most effective way to acquire new vocabulary. However, we may often assume that our children will just learn to love reading on their own. But kids don’t just arrive at a love of reading by watching other people read. That passion results from exposure to lots of books, opportunities to explore a variety of interests, and the pleasurable memories associated with these experiences. There’s no better place to achieve these goals than the library!
Libraries might not be the first thing you think of when you’re spending your days with young kids, but if you look a little closer, you’ll find that your local library is a treasure trove of fun that will fill your child’s mind with wonder as well as set up some healthy habits for life. It opens up new worlds, sparks imagination, encourages reading, helps develop critical thinking and provide extra resources not available in your home. Particularly, libraries these days are no longer just about books – they are increasingly becoming the educational, technological, and social hub of communities across the country.
Fortunately, in Ho Chi Minh city, there are numerous libraries providing creative learning spaces for students and families to choose as their weekend destination. Here are some of our favourite kid-friendly libraries around Ho Chi Minh City and what they offer your family – here’s a hint, it’s more than just books!