The Friends of the Marcellus Free Library have been long time supporters of the library, its programs and the irreplaceable asset it is to the entire Marcellus community. The group meets monthly to discuss ways to help the library, as well as new programs that can be of use to the library.
The group recently met in the library to begin another season of discussion and support of the facility with head librarian Carol Johnson presenting a talk on the value of the library in forming good reading habits in young people entitled "Public Libraries: Preparing Life-Long Learners."
Not only an understanding, but a real love of reading begins at an early age right within the family unit, according to Johnson.
"It is important for children to have parents that read to them," Johnson said. "Research has shown that to be very important. It is important to be very hands on and get kids involved with books and words at an early age."
As children get older the role of school and the local library more and more become a place that kids begin to develop their reading habits.
"Libraries play a big part," Johnson said. "Things like story time begin to give kids the idea that reading is something that is enjoyable and that they can do for fun. One of the roles of the library is to show kids that it is a pleasure to sit down and read."
Beginning these habits early has been shown to have long term impacts on the quality of children's grammar and vocabulary.
"Books expose kids to a lot of different things," Johnson said. "They get to see and read words they might not be exposed to every day and that is very beneficial in the long run."
According to Johnson the kids of Marcellus are lucky to have some very high quality libraries with in the school district, but when these facilities are closed during the summer months the public library takes on an increasingly important role.