Ghost Ranch Library has a large children’s collection. Over one quarter of books checked out during summer months are from the children’s collection.
The Children’s Room is also used by the summer children’s activities program for storytimes and related activities.
Considering that Ghost Ranch is one of the few places left which does not have easy access to television (because of the Ranch’s remote location) children often find they have more time to read. The result is that the Children’s Room is the most heavily used part of the Library during the summer.
An exciting new addition to the Children’ Room is a beautiful Kamishibai (kah-mee-she-bye) Box. This form of storytelling comes from Japan and was designed to teach cultural history along with reading, writing and creativity skills. Stories and beautiful illustrations are printed on large (15″ x 10.5″) sturdy, cards that stack one behind the other. The box frame acts like a television screen. On the back of the last card is the English translation of the text, with the original Japanese beside it for the front most card so that a teacher or leader can tell the story from behind the box and engage the children with questions and activities that correspond to the story.