I have always liked to read, so the library has always had a special place in my heart. I can remember having my own library card as a child and what fun it was to check out books. When I was in High School I even helped out in the school library. Of course, I want my children to have the same love of books as I do. When my older children struggled with reading comprehension it really hindered their ability to enjoy books. I wanted to make sure my younger little ones had an early start with reading, it was actually one of the reasons I wanted to homeschool, I did not like the way our school system taught children to read.
I made sure to focus on making reading fun. One of the ways I've done that is by reading to them a lot. We have also participated in a lot of fun activities that the libraries in our area provide. How do you utilize your library? Here are some of the ways we use our two nearby libraries.
--We check out lots of books from the library. I will put many books on hold related to the unit we are on and the children can also take out a few books that they would like to read. We have a box full of books in the dining room plus a basket in the living room that is supposed to be full of the relevant books for our unit. Now if we could just stop misplacing books and getting charged fines.
-- We have participated in the one library's Story Time in the past. They had 3 different groups meeting at different times during the week. Two designed for 2-3 yr olds and 1 designed for 4-5 yr olds. The girls loved going and signing songs, listening to stories, doing crafts, doing some active play and having snack. Then we got to check out books. I love that this library allows the girls to have their own card, I think it makes it more special for them that they are the ones taking it out. Unfortunately with playgroup and co-op, and the fact that we would have to participate in 2 separate story times because of the ages of the children, we can no longer participate.
--Our town library just started a Story Hour a month ago and we have shown up every week, though they are struggling with getting participation. Such is the problem of living in a small town I guess.
We gather in the special children's room to read a book.
Then it's time for some active play. Today they played Red Light, Green Light because the book was "Go Dog, Go!"
Then it was time for the craft. I sat Harold in this comfy chair and he actually sat there for a while, just watching, instead of tearing books and movies off the shelf like he usually does.
Yes, they are making traffic lights.
Does your library offer a children's Story Time/Story Hour?
Does your library have a Summer Reading Program?
What other fun ways do you utilize your library?