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      Library learning jumps from the pages

      Libraries are places known for silence, however, the Quincy Public Library is fostering play as a part of the reading experience.

      At the Quincy Public Library's Children's Department you'll find books, but staff members take it a step further with countless programs including story times and puppet shows. Click here for a list of upcoming events.

      Train tables, play houses and puzzles are used to encourage language and social development.

      Staff members say that combined with reading makes for a well-rounded child who is more prepared for school.

      Reading comprehension skills area also enhanced with "how" you read to your child.

      "The book is la launching place," Marketing and Events Librarian Ruth Cuthbertson said. "You don't have to just stick to the script. A lot of times the kids' interests will change. They'll ask questions and so it will help develop those thinking skills, cognitive skills. Critical thinking skills are formed that way."

      Experts suggest utilizing voice inflection as you read, as well as asking about colors and animals in the illustrations. Click here to learn more on how you should read to your child.

      Click here to learn more about award-winning books featured at the Quincy Public Library. They include the Caldecott and Newberry Medal books.