Kids at the Library: Scavenger Hunts, Gear, Routines & More

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

kids at the library scavenger hunt, gear, routines & more

Routine

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.

Gear

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.

Barnes and Noble Tote Bag

Shoulder Tote from Land of Nod

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
– Jorge Luis Borges

Explore

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.

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

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  • http://awesomelyawake.com Shawn

    Great ideas here! I love the idea of a library scavenger hunt. A great way to get my girls away from the princess books section they have discovered.

  • http://PragmaticMom.com PragmaticMom

    There is also this great kit called Little Librarian to play librarian at home. It has those old fashioned cards with the folder thingys that you glue to the book. My kids love it.

    http://www.pragmaticmom.com/?p=12079

    I love the idea of a library scavenger hunt and having pre-printed cards makes it much easier. Guess I would only have to deal with making sure my kids behave!

  • http://nurturestore.co.uk/ Cathy @ NurtureStore

    Great ideas. My local library does a book-themed treasure hunt in the local playground each summer – a great outreach project to invite the kids in the park to stop by the library on the way home.

  • http://www.jdaniel4smom.com JDaniel4′s Mom

    I love your hunt. Your home library idea is awesome.

  • http://www.thebigbinder.com Jen @ BigBinder

    LOVE these ideas!! Especially the pretend library card – it’s so cute!

  • http://www.rascofromrif.org Rasco from RIF

    You have outdone yourself on this excellent library post, thank you! And thank you also for being part of Share a Story * Shape a Future!

  • http://www.happybirthdayauthor.com Eric VanRaepenbusch

    Your ideas are fabulous. I love the library card idea especially with the rules that children can’t get library cards until their a little older. At our library, we got to know the staff really well, and they bent the rules for my son to get a card at the age of 3. You would have thought they gave him the world. He was so proud to have his own card!

    Great post! Thank you so much!

  • http://kniterly.wordpress.com Erin

    As a librarian, you have no idea how happy I was to see this post. I do love my job, and when I see blog posts and comments like these, it makes it all worth it :) And like the author says, chat with us! We love to help.

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      Yeah! :)

  • http://education.kendall.edu/academics/bachelor-non-certification/ Troy Christopher

    I completely agree with Erin! I actually work in early childhood education as a second grade teacher and feel that getting children in a library early will help expose them to the wonderful resources that are available for them at no cost. It can also help them develop a love for reading.

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  • http://zucchinisummeretsy.blogspot.com TheBargainBabe

    I looove that scavenger hunt idea! I think it will be good to help my oldest have a mission of stuff to look for while I’m helping the youngest (and by “helping” I mean, “stopping him from pulling down a dozen books we don’t want”) and also while trying to hurry and grab something for myself.

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      haha!! I would be in trouble if I couldn’t put books on the hold shelf for me – browsing with kids doesn’t work out so much, does it!?

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