I am excited to be here on Felicia’s amazing blog today to share my love of the library. Felicia has done an outstanding job all month shouting out all the important things about the library and also featuring so many terrific bloggers sharing their library experience. Awesome job, Felicia.
I am lucky enough to be doing one of the last posts this month, and today I am going to share the importance of the library for kids.
I have always loved the library. How can you not? You get to wander through aisles and aisles of shelves looking for that one perfect read or reads, and you can borrow a whole stack of books for free. A book lover’s dream, right?
These days as a mother of two children: Risa who just turned six and Matues who is now four, I rely on the library to help generate a love of reading in my two kids.
Before Risa was born, I had three wishes for her: She would be born happy and healthy, she would love animals, and she would love books and reading. Thankfully, I got all three. I think reading to your kids at an early age is of the upmost importance, and I started reading to Risa regularly starting at about ten months old. I did the same with Matues. Now both kids love books and reading with me every night. It is part of our routine after jammies are on and teeth are brushed to curl up on my bed with a stack of books and read at night. I used to buy books, but soon I realized that I needed more.
I started taking the kids to the library when Risa was four and Matues was two. The library has rows and rows of kids books, and you can check out as many as you want. We usually come home with around twenty books. Here is a picture of my packed library bag.
We have discovered so many favorites at the library like: (click on the covers for details)
I would likely not have found these books had it not been for the library. I love that we can go every two or three weeks and get a whole new stack of books to explore. It keeps them engaged and entertained and it sure helps the pocket book.
Aside from all the books we get at the library, there is so much more for kids.
Our library does weekly story times where you can take your kids to listen to books. They have an adorable section set up for story time.
They also have computers set up for kids to play learning games. My kids are ipad kids and they had no experience with using a regular computer and mouse until I took them to the library. Now they love to go and spend a few minutes playing educational games.
Our library offers so many wonderful programs and events geared toward kids and families. This past summer, both my kids completed the summer reading program. Each night, we read for thirty minutes and then the kids put a sticker on their chart. At the end of the month, they turned their charts in and received a free book of their choice and a whole envelope full of coupons and discounts. Their favorites were the free cookies from Great Harvest Bread and the free appetizer at Applebee’s. It was a big deal to put that sticker on the chart every night!
During the summer, the kids needed plenty of activities to keep them entertained. Our little library in addition to the Summer Reading Program, put on a series of programs for kids. There was a music show, a magician, a juggler, a story teller and a clapping class. The kids loved these weekly shows, and as a mom it was a nice way to keep them entertained.
Throughout the year, there are so many events for families. They have Lego Days, Craft Days and even Movies in the Park, they even had a pajama night at the library for families.
Bottom line, if you haven’t explored the library with your kids, you are missing out on so much. Books are just one of the many things the library has to offer, and as a mom, I appreciate that they are helping to keep my kids excited about reading.
A big thanks to Felicia for allowing me to come here and babble about the library today. I hope you all are getting out and supporting your local library!
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Felicia Here: I am so glad you touched on this subject Heidi. The library was a staple in my young life. I am always so excited when I see kids excited to go to the library. The other day I wanted to high five a group of teens who were lamenting the end of summer because they had to give up their daily “hang” at the library to discuss their fun reading. Kids + Library = Awesome Future!