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Yes, the Library is Fun for Kids!
Do you take your kids to the local library? I take my kids once a week. The library is full of fun ideas for your family. Most people don’t even realize all that the local library has to offer. And the best part is that everything at the library is FREE!
In case you didn’t realize, library cards are free for all county residents. Even the kids can get their own card. My kids love to find books and use their very own card to check them out. Having a personal card makes them feel important and teaches them responsibility for the items they check out.
We all know that the main objective in going to the local library is to check out books. Books are great for the entire family. My kids love to pick out picture and chapter books to read, and I like to find one family read aloud book a month. My kids don’t need any encouragement to find books they want to read, but if your child doesn’t have a love for books there are plenty of ways to get him or her excited!
Make a quick book hunt for your child. This turns the library into a big game of I spy! For example tell your child to find one book about a monkey, one book with a princess, and one book with the color red on the cover. Kids will spend time scouring the shelves for these items and will hopefully discover other books along the way that peak their interest.
Over the summer when my kids are out of school, I love to pick a theme for each week we visit the library. One week may be about sharks and the next week about space. I challenge them to find a fiction, nonfiction, and picture book about each subject. This game makes choosing a book fun for kids and less of a chore.
Libraries these days offer so much more than just books. My library also has a huge collection of movies and shows on DVD that the kids can check out. They also have a section for toddlers with some puzzles and hands on toys. And best of all, the the library carries a copy of almost every magazine published! The library is full of fun money saving products.
Local libraries also offer classes and activities for their patrons. In Palm Beach County, where I live, they have a big sign outside the children’s department advertising all their classes. The classes range in age from toddlers to 8 years old. But older kids won’t miss out because the library offers all kinds of different events throughout the month including computer programming, legos, chess, and art. Stop by your local branch or log onto their website to find out all the programs your county has to offer.
I also want to point out that libraries have computers and even ipads for the children to use. Sure we have those items at home, but it is always new and exciting for a child to check out a computer they have never seen before. Kids can discover new games and programs that are usually educational. Plus while the kids are logging in their 30 minutes of computer time at the library, mom or dad can have 30 minutes to themselves. Take those spare minutes to read a few chapters in your current book, flip through a magazine or surf the web!
Even if you don’t have time to bring your kids to the library once a week, there are ways to utilize the library from home too. Overdrive is a library app for your phone or iPad that gives you access to your county’s library audiobook and ebook collection for free! My library has both new and old adult and children books available. I love downloading audiobooks to use in the car and my kids like to download ebooks to read at home.
Next time you have a chance stop by your local library there is so much to discover!
How often do you visit the library with your kids?