Some may cringe at the very thought of reading in general, while others are thrilled at the expectation of getting a new book. My kids are the later. They love to read! I am very thankful that they are on the love for reading path. So going to the library is usually filled with lots of excitement. New books!!
You want to know what?! (This is mostly for those who don’t visit their local library very often) … there is so much more than just books.
Why we love the library
Yes, there are lots of book options. My son pretty much checked out half of the Captain Underpants novels from our local library. This saved us so much money! Why not use what your community is offering? Seeing the books all around you makes them more appealing and exciting, similar to that feeling you get when you are in Barnes and Noble.
I am still dumbfounded on how far technology has come since I was in school. I remember admiring those Zack Morris cell phones and fighting with the dial up modem for so long that I would give up even getting onto the internet. Internet is now accessible pretty much any where and the computers and tablets, umm wow! My kids probably know more at a young age than I did when I was in middle school. Well, the public libraries are keeping up with this trend and have computers/tablets accessible. The tablets in the kid’s area are great! They are loaded with educational apps and the PBS app for watching PBS shows.
Our local library in Denham Springs also has an oversized interactive tablet table. My kids love to draw and play on it.
This is a great available service for families who do not have the means to own a tablet or computer. Visitors can come in, play and work on any type of school project, etc.
Quiet reading zone
It is sometimes just nice to get out of the house. I love that there is an area in our local library for kids to sit and read if they want. Maybe they found a book that seems interesting, but they want to read a little first before they check it out. Well, that is possible! There are also small children games in this area for all those little ones who are not quite ready for reading.
Lots of programs for kids!
There are so many programs for kids. Each month, the library will have a schedule that includes different arts and craft activities as well as special reading groups. These programs are for the littles (few months old) all the way up to 18 years old. There is no cost for these programs, but some may require early registration to make sure enough material, etc is available.
Visit your local libraries
Even if you, or your, children aren’t serious readers, your local library is still a great resource! Don’t miss out on all these amazing benefits and programs that are being offered.