This is my son.
This is my son high on books.
Yes, our kids love to read. It is such a blessing. I remember not too long ago when my eldest and I would cry – both of us – over the process of learning to read. Not so anymore. The last two have practically taught themselves since they saw their older brother’s love of the written word.
Years ago I read about ways to encourage literacy. Many of the suggestions involved providing access to books and opportunities for reading. And making the library a big part of our life has been one way we’ve tried to do that.
Here are some of the ways we’ve enjoyed our public library over the years.
Storytime – When it was just me and one kiddo we went to two different story hours each week. There a children’s librarian read stories, taught fingerplays, sang songs, and provided a craft or snack activity.
Computer games – Many libraries provide computers and children’s games to be used for 30 minutes at a time. Even though we have plenty of this available at home, my kids seem to enjoy it more at the library where there is more variety and head phones so that they can enjoy the game all to themselves.
Reading programs – Believe it or not, these are not solely relegated to summertime. This past fall my readers each earned three In-N-Out hamburgers for reading 15 books! Participation in a reading programs is a great way to stretch kids to read more and earn fun prizes at the same time.
Free movie selections – Since we love watching videos, the libraries collection is a favorite of ours to peruse. Except for the occasional overdue movie fine, we’ve spent nary a penny on movie rentals.
Internet reservations – We love to read books. We love to watch movies. But the local branch doesn’t always have what we want when we want it. So, we request it via the internet. Then, I don’t even have to go to the library! My husband can pick up what I want on his way home.
Game and activity nights – Many branches offer chess nights or other activities to participate in. Usually these are free, open for all ages, and families are welcome.
How have you enjoyed the beauty of the library lately?