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DORCHESTER -- If it takes a village to raise a child, the neighborhood library is an essential stop along the way. On a January morning, first grader Alonzo Robinson of the Emily A. Fifield Elementary School, browsed through the stacks at the Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library. His first-grade class comes regularly to the library. Principal Craig Lankhorst says the 10-minute walk to the local public library serves a dual purpose: literacy and exercise. Alonzo's teacher, Tricia Senier, says, 'My hope is that my students will recognize the library as a neighborhood place where they can go to enjoy books and study in a quiet, friendly, and safe environment.' (Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter) audio: Click the play button below to hear Tricia Senier and her students choosing books <object classid='clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B' width='200' height='30' codebase= 'http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab'> (Audio by Scott LaPierre, Boston.com)
Mental exercise
DORCHESTER -- If it takes a village to raise a child, the neighborhood library is an essential stop along the way. On a January morning, first grader Alonzo Robinson of the Emily A. Fifield Elementary School, browsed through the stacks at the Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library. His first-grade class comes regularly to the library. Principal Craig Lankhorst says the 10-minute walk to the local public library serves a dual purpose: literacy and exercise. Alonzo's teacher, Tricia Senier, says, "My hope is that my students will recognize the library as a neighborhood place where they can go to enjoy books and study in a quiet, friendly, and safe environment."

(Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter)

audio: Click the play button below to hear Tricia Senier and her students choosing books
(Audio by Scott LaPierre, Boston.com)