“I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.” – Laura Bush
“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” – Albert Einstein
“Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.” –R. David Lankes
Why You Should Go To the Library
The library is a wonderful resource. Let me share with you some of our favorite reasons for going to the library.
Storytime at the library is not some little old lady reading a book to a group of kids. At my library, storytime looks very similar to circle time in a preschool setting.
Storytime at our library usually includes:
- singing and dancing
- reading a book
- telling an oral story using puppets or felt boards
- some interactive games
- a craft
This is an awesome way to start easing your Lil’ into some structured learning especially when another adult is in charge. Plus these are free, so take advantage of this free opportunity to help your Lil’ grow.
Puzzles and Toys
- educational toys from Lakeshore learning
- puzzles – chunky block puzzles and jigsaw
- a puppet center & puppets
- a magnet board/ white board
- iPad & computers
Tips to Make Your Trip Smoother
If trips to the library and then housing library books makes you nervous, try some of these tips to make your next trip a little less nerve-racking.
Request Books Online
So if your libraries like mine you can reserve books online at home. So we typically go to the library on Friday so on Tuesday Or Wednesday I’ll hop online to my library account and reserve a few books. It typically means that by Friday I can walk into the library, go to the reserve books section and grab the books that have my name on it. This makes my life so much easier because looking through the shelves of books to find books to take home and read requires me to not watch my children while they’re playing the library which obviously is not a good choice. So instead, I can reserve the books, let my kids play in the children center and when we’re done. I grab my books, check them out and leave.
Dedicated Library Book Space
We keep our library books on a specific shelf in Rea’s room and we do not add our personal books to this shelf. This helps everyone remember which books are library books and which ones are ours. While Rea does have access to these books at any time, D (my 18-month-old) does not because I just don’t trust him yet with library books and when Rea was younger, I kept the library books on a higher shelf so that she could not reach them either. Regardless, having a dedicated library book space has helped us keep our library books in good condition and prevent us from losing a book.
I would love to know if you go to the library and how often. Do you have any other tips for when you go?