Looking for a fun, free, family friendly activity? Your local Public Library may be the answer!
Here are 10 reasons why I love taking my kids to the Library:
1. It’s fun
I wish you could see the look on my kids faces when I tell them it’s a Library day…actually, maybe I can. Please ignore my messy kitchen.
2. It’s free
Not only is it fun – its FREE fun! There are not many places these days (especially indoors) that do not charge some kind of an admission fee or require you to purchase an annual pass. Not at the Library! As long as you get your books back on time so you don’t accrue late fees, it’s completely free.
3. It cultivates a love for books
I love to watching my kids walk up and down the aisle trying to decide which books they want to take home with them. There are so many choices; so many stories; so many characters; so many lessons to learn; so many pages of creativity and adventure waiting to be explored. Then the excitement bubbles over when we get them home to break open the pages.
4. An opportunity to get out of the house
Especially now that it’s winter, we have been spending a lot more time indoors. This is a great place to go to just get us out of the house.
5. A great environment for learning
Along with books, the children’s section is set up to encourage the mingling of play and learning.
6. Gives young children an opportunity for social interaction
Our Library has a Pre-School Story Time four times a month. This has been a great opportunity for my youngest to learn to sit still in a group setting while the Librarian reads to them. They also do songs, dancing, and crafts together.
7. Gives parents an opportunity to connect with each other
I’ve gotten to meet lots of other moms, many of which I’ve been able to see on multiple occasions. One even invited me to come to a Bible study that she attends.
8. Enjoy the fun events
If you go to your Library’s website, you will more than likely find their calendar with all their weekly and monthly events. I was shocked when I first saw all the activities they host. My kids and I recently spent an entire afternoon at their Christmas celebration. They also had a viewing of the original three Star Wars movies, complete with costume contests and games, to prepare for the opening of the new movie.
9. Opens a door for ministry
On two separate occasions, I was talking with another mom while our kids were playing. Our conversation reached a point to where her heart broke open and poured out. I was able to offer encouragement to each of them, and one even let me pray with her.
10. Saves money on books that I don’t have to buy
I’m starting home-school with my daughter this next year. The curriculum I am choosing has an extensive list of books to go along with it. I’ve done a little research and almost every book on the list I can check out at the Library. Yay!