The library is the one place all of my girls are happy. The 4-year-old will happily spend hours putting puzzles together; watching the fish in their tank; selecting a mountain of books to take home and asking the librarian where she can find the penguin books.
The 8- and 9-year-olds roam the aisles choosing just the right books, seeking the librarians recommendations based on past book loves and, of course, playing on the computer. Hey, whatever keeps them all happy and quiet… and doesn’t place me in jeopardy of getting a visit from Child Protective Services.
Library reading programs
Our local library also has some great programs that the girls love. Every year they can’t wait to sign-up for the summer reading program so they can get their free book and ticket to the county fair. The summer is also when the library has the reading buddy program. Every Tuesday morning the library has a group of older kids read books to the little ones. My oldest has been a reading buddy two summers now. My youngest likes being read to, so this works out great for both of them. The middle girl usually entertains herself or will read back and forth with a reading buddy. This coming summer will be her first as a reading buddy (you must be 8 years old ).
Crafts and special events
The library also hosts a variety of special events year round for all ages. There are crafts for the little ones based on favorite children’s books, fairy house building for the bigger kids and anime projects for the tweens and teens, among many other great events.
They also show family-friendly movies a couple Friday afternoons a month — with popcorn! See? This place is a mama-on-a-budget’s dream! I even find a book or two for myself most times we are there.