I’m in love… with the public library. We were broken up for awhile and then we got back together and we have been inseparable ever since. The library has so much to offer and he meets my family’s reading needs. Here are some steps to make the most of your library relationship:
First, get the kids their own book bags. I had big plans this summer to have the kiddos decorate canvas bags like this from Family Fun.
And then I found these darling bags in the Target dollar bins and I was sold. (I’m good with one less craft project to do.) If you are on craft overload too, you can find cute totes or reusable shopping bags just about anywhere.
Once I made the mistake of buying a big tote for Croft. When she filled it with books, it was too heavy and she couldn’t carry the bag. The ones I got this year are 11 1/2″ by 13 1/2 “. They work great.
Second, get your kids their own library cards. Elle and Crew both have their own cards this summer . They are responsible for their own books and cards (and replacement cards). I hope Crew has better luck with his library card than he does with his shoes.
Third, designate the same day each week as library day and then make it part of your weekly schedule.
Fourth, check out what children’s programs your library has to offer. Our library does a fun story time each week for the youngest two kids and they also hold a class for 6-11 year olds.
Fifth, check out your library’s supply of books on CD. Elle has been listening to “The Little House” series on CD. The books were a little too difficult and boring to read on her own, but she loves following along in her book to the CD. And I plan to check out “Harry Potter” for our marathon car trip this summer. You can’t beat that guy’s voice.
Sixth, don’t forget about the movie section and how it can reinforce reading. Crew checked out the old school “Treasure Island” DVD because he and dad had just finished reading the book together. It was only a dollar and we could keep it for a week.
Lastly, designate a space for your library books. You could store the books in the totes or we keep the library books in a separate basket in a separate room from all our other books so we don’t get them messed up. Another idea is to never let the library books leave the car. Keep the basket in the car for reading while driving.
And for all of you who see the library as a germ infested book camp, you’ll be happy to know Amazon recently announced Kindle Library Lending which would allow you to check out books from the public library for your Kindle. That’s exciting news.
Check out your public library this summer! Maybe you’ll fall in love too.