It’s never too early to foster a love of reading in your children. One of the most wonderful resources at your disposal when it comes to getting kids to read is located right in your neighborhood: your local library. When the mercury rises and classes end for the school year, these are ten of the reasons why you might want to start spending more time at your local library.
- You Want Your Kids to Love Books – Whether you’re a bookworm or not, there are few places in the world more suited to stimulating a love of reading and books than the library. Turning your little one loose in the children’s stacks or directing your middle schooler to the Young Adult section is a great way to help them experience the wonder and excitement of a good book.
- Story Hour! – Almost all libraries, from the grandest to the smallest village branch, will offer some sort of weekly or daily story hour for kids. These events are a great introduction to books for pre-readers, and can help to keep a love of stories flowing in kids that are honing their reading skills.
- Community Programs – You may not realize it, but there’s more to your local library than books and films. Many act as a sort of community hub by allowing postings for community events and by hosting relevant programs for kids and adults alike.
- You’re Financially Strapped – Raising kids is anything but cheap, which is why so many parents appreciate the programs in local libraries. Most are free or extremely low cost, and can help you to keep your kids occupied and learning throughout the summer without forcing you to pay day camp fees.
- Peace and Quiet – If there’s one thing that hasn’t changed with time, it’s that the library is a place where shouting and loud speech is frowned upon. When you’re raising children, peace and quiet is a very rare and precious commodity. At your local library, you’ll be able to soak it in for a while.
- Finding Rare and Out-of-Print Books – Introducing your children to a favorite book from your own childhood is a rewarding experience, but it’s not always easy when those books are relatively obscure or out of print. Rather than scouring online merchants to find a used copy of questionable quality at an outrageous price, check with your local library! If they don’t have a copy on hand, they may be able to locate one for you from another branch.
- Supporting a Fixture of Your Community – As eReaders and eBooks continue to become more popular, many local library branches are struggling to remain relevant. Because they are analog establishments in an increasingly digital world, libraries today need all of the support they can get. Socially-conscious parents that want to support an integral part of their communities can make a real difference in the life of a library simply by visiting.
- Age-Appropriate Entertainment – When you have kids that span a wide range of ages, finding entertainment that’s appropriate for the little ones without boring the older children can be a real challenge. Because your local library will have a variety of sections and caters to a wide range of interests, you’ll be able to keep everyone in the family happy with one trip.
- Fostering a Sense of Independence in Kids – Finding, checking out and accepting responsibility for their own books from the library helps kids take small but necessary steps on the road to independence.
- Beating the Summer Heat – As temperatures soar, finding affordable means of entertainment that will allow you to beat the heat often becomes a top priority. The air conditioned library will keep everyone cool while providing worthwhile, intellectually sound entertainment.
Look for bulletin boards at your local library to inform yourself of upcoming events, or inquire with the library staff about newsletters and email lists. You may be surprised when you realize just how many exciting things there are to do at your local branch!