This is such a sweet, sad sentiment. There certainly will be a good number of children who will miss visiting their school library over the summer. Each morning at my local Middle School, about 40 students arrive between 7:30am and 8am, before school starts. Several quietly find books, others catch up with friends, some head straight to the set of textbooks so they can finish homework. And, a small number of girls ask how they can help -- shelve books, put labels on books, move chairs and tables. All enjoy being asked "what's new" or being invited to share special news such as upcoming birthdays. The school library is a warm, safe and welcoming place to start the day. I can see how many young children -- and me too -- will miss the morning library time.
"Early bird" library visitors are students who are dropped off early by busy parents who want their children to be in a safe place while the parents are off working. Wish summer schools offered morning library time!
Thanks, TL Tom Kahn for alerting me to the Baldo Cartoon at http://www.gocomics.com/baldo/