Raise a book lover by visiting the library every week with your kids.
Visit for story time, for exploring time, for book browsing time, for curl up with a good book time, for computer time, for social time, for book event time.
Today’s libraries aren’t just filled with books, they’re filled with technology, community events, media, digital books, and study spaces. As an institution, the library is transforming for the needs of our 21st century children. Enjoy the benefits of the library with your children and watch as they become passionate book aficionados.
“Medicine for the soul.”
- inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes
Pick a Day.
Make your library visits routine. Pick a day that offers a story time for your child’s age, or one that fits in with your schedule.
At Home Library Book Storage.
Keep your library books in one place so you don’t lose track of books.
Get a Card.
Let your child get his or her own library card! It’s motivation in and of itself. Read “A Library Card of My Own.“
We like our flat-bottom tote bag for carrying our books. It’s too dirty to show you a photograph but I got it at Barnes and Noble on sale. Here are some suggestions your kids might love to carry books in.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
- Jorge Luis Borges
Go on a Scavenger Hunt – there’s much more to the library than when we were kids – it’s not just books anymore!
Young Kids’ Library Scavenger Hunt
Click the image below for a large version, printable scavenger hunt.
Older Kids’ Library Scavenger Hunt
Click the image below for the larger, printable scavenger hunt.
Play library at home.
Make pretend library cards with these free printables from Family Fun.
Design Your Dream Library.
See example here.
A final thought: Befriend your librarians. These hard-working bibliophiles love their jobs and will be your best resource for new books, topical books, and will make your Library feel like Cheers.
“You see, I don’t believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that’s been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians.”
- Monty Python’s Flying Circus
this post is part of the . . .
Share a Story Shape a Future 2012: The Culture of Reading
You’ll love the lineup this week!
Mon, 5 Mar: Creating a reading culture
host: Donalyn Miller @ The Book Whisperer
Tue, 6 Mar: Reading as a passport to other worlds / cultures
host: Carol Rasco @ Rasco from RIF
Wed, 7 Mar: Understanding Readers
host: Terry Doherty @ Family Bookshelf