Tutor profile: Jessica G.
Subject: Library and Information Science
Why is it important to bring my newborn to storytime? They don't even know what's going on yet.
Children of all ages benefit from library storytime programs. From the day they are born, children are soaking up information, sensation, and experience. It is never too early to begin their literacy journey. Babies who are not spoken to/read to may have delayed speech development. Hearing the words spoken aloud will begin to develop their understanding of language and vocabulary. The story also allows them to connect the words being spoken to the squiggly lines on the page, as well as the concept of turning the page to advance the story. It may sound odd, but babies literally need to by introduced to what a book is and how it works. Storytimes also serve as the first step into a classroom environment. Children are expected to enter the room, pick a spot, and sit to listen to stories. They sing and dance when instructed to do so by the librarian. Maybe there is a hello song and a goodbye song to get them used to the beginning and end of social interactions. These children may go to preschool, but in situations where preschool is not an option, these storytimes are the only organized play children receive before diving into the organized world of kindergarten. A toddler who has been attending storytime programs since birth understands the environment and routine well before a toddler who is just coming to the program for the first time.
Why use databases over Google or other mainstream news sources?
Databases are centralized places for peer-reviewed research materials. Peer review is when scientists publish an article relating studied information, and that information has been scrutinized by other professionals in the field who are not related to the study. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Google, which provides results regardless of their validity. Google is not checking to make sure the information it provides is accurate. Mainstream news sources often fact check their reports, but the news is not being reported by professionals in that field. It is being report on by news reporters, who may or may not interpret the information correctly. They are also businesses who may twist or sensationalize information for views, clicks, etc. Professional journals on the subject being researched may contain peer-reviewed sources, but it would be very time consuming to have to weed through issue after issue. Instead, a database allows the researcher to use keywords and phrases to find articles to have been verified through a peer review process.
Are graphic novels considered "real books?"
Graphic novels are absolutely considered real books and real reading, but in a somewhat different way from traditional books. Because graphic novels lack the narrative part of the text, the reader depends on the illustrations to determine the action of the story. The brain needs to be able to follow along with the dialog text and the drawn action at the same time, which is different from a typical book. Between two frames of a comic is implied movement of characters and items that the reader's imagination must create. In addition to these skills, the reader learns to decode the signals of the comic. A fluffy bubble means the character is thinking, not speaking. A smooth-edged bubble means speech. A caption at the top or bottom of the panel stands in for narration. All of these cues develop an understanding in the reader's mind that would not be present in typical full-text books.
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