Fairbanks six-year-old requests library card for her birthday

Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 6:07 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - For Fairbanks six-year-old Alice Billingsley, her birthday brought an opportunity to expand her literary horizons.

“I had asked Alice what she wanted to do for her birthday, and the number one thing she wanted to do after school was come and get her library card, because you have to be six to get one,” Annmarie Billingsley said.

Alice’s mother, Annmarie said the request didn’t come as much of a surprise. “We’ve been reading to Alice since she was born, basically, but she’s just started reading in earnest in the past year or so.”

According to Annmarie, the family has been coming to the library since Alice was little. “Stopping by the library has just been part of our, part of our culture really,” she said, adding. “We regularly would come to the library and just fill up a tote bag full of books, and Alice got to just pick whatever books she wanted from the bins.”

After signing her name to her very first library card, Alice borrowed her first book, “Biscuit Loves the Library.”

Alice described what happens in the book, saying, “He goes to the library, and the dog gets to come because it’s ‘Bring Your Pet Day.’”

And there are plenty of books where that came from.

“Well we just started reading all of the ‘Battle of the Books’ booklist,” Annmarie said. “Right now she really likes the Biscuit books, and she really likes the Katie Woo books. Those are the ones that she can read to herself.”

Alice also just discovered Green Eggs and Ham.

In the era of tablets and smart phones, some kids still like to open a good book.

The Berry Room is closed due to COVID-19, but parents can pick up materials at the bookmobile outside the Noel Wien Library.

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