Why You Should Visit Your Local Library

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.

Technology!Why You Should Visit Your Local Library

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.

Why You Should Visit Your Local Library

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.

Why You Should Visit Your Local Library

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.

Local Libraries around the Baton Rouge Area:

Livingston Parish Libraries

East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries

West Baton Rouge Parish Library

Clair is a former science teacher turned stay at home mommy to 3 kids, Ryleigh (6), Brady (5) and Chloe (1). She is originally from Mississippi and moved to Louisiana after meeting her husband at Mississippi College. She can’t imagine living anywhere else now. The culture here in Louisiana is the best: from the great food to cheering on the LSU Tigers. Her background in science has her loving to incorporate all things science while at home with her kids. This has led her to the world of blogging! Her blog, The Sprouting Minds, includes all things ‘mommy’ as well as those engaging kid activities. She hopes she can spread the love of science to other families as well as encourage mothers along the way.


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