The libraries we have today are so much different than libraries a few years ago. Gone are the dull and boring image and the mostly-quiet reading rooms; they are being replaced by a vibrant collection of books and a wide range of extra facilities. Libraries now serve more functions and offer anything from digital books to access to high-speed internet.
So, is taking children to the library a good idea? The answer is most definitely YES. There are great activities and other resources that kids will enjoy. Some libraries even have a dedicated corner for children, complete with fun events for children to participate in. Here is how you can make a trip to the library fun for kids.
Check the Library’s Website
Before you take your kids to the library, take the time to browse through the library’s site. Websites of libraries across the country now offer access to catalogues, event schedules, and many more resources. You can even put books on hold online so you know they will be available when you visit the library.
Universities such as the University of Southern California and their library science degree are preparing students for the next generation of libraries. They are familiar with the online resources available through the libraries’ websites. You can even speak to a trained librarian online if you need help finding particular books.
By planning ahead and checking the library’s website, you don’t have to worry about having to spend hours trying to find a particular book. The library science masters working behind the scene can also assist you faster during your visit, giving you more time to focus on your kids and what they want to do.
Speaking of what kids want to do…
Look for Kids’ Events
As mentioned earlier, libraries now host a multitude of events, including events designed specifically for kids. My favourite is the story time sessions my local library hosts every weekend. I also love watching the kids sit in awe while someone reads them an exciting story from the library’s collection of children’s books.
The story time also includes other activities. The event is designed to help children get to know colours, numbers, and the alphabet in a fun and engaging way. There are events for children of different ages, so there is an activity for everyone.
Encourage Kids to Read
Do you know that children can now have their own library card? Borrowing books from the library is a great way to encourage kids to read without spending a lot of money in the process. You can get your children their own library cards and assist them in choosing new books to read.
The experience is not only fruitful but also good for your relationship with the kids. The more stories and books you share, the more topics you can discuss with them. It won’t be difficult to talk about exciting things the kids found in the books they read, especially if you also took the time to read the books.
Are you ready for a visit to the library with the kids? These tips will help make visiting your local library and getting your kids involved in fun activities a lot easier.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post