When did you last go to the library? Why did you go there? There are at least nine reasons to visit your library.
I have loved the library since at least first grade. I was an early reader and borrowed books from our little classroom library. One day our entire class walked to the city public library to explore it and receive our first library cards. Over the years I discovered the library had much, much more to offer than just books. Even though, books alone are a motivating attraction for me. Every genre of magazine can also be found and borrowed from the library.
Yes, I love books. They can be found in every room of my house. In the living room the end tables are usually covered in stacks of books. I also have a small table, which I call the library table. Presently, it is where I store all my durable cardboard books for the youngest grandchildren. In the past it is where I stored all the books we brought home from the public library. Keeping them in one place prevented losing them in random places.
Most libraries are part of a network allowing them to borrow for you from other libraries. Even if your town has a small library, it may have access to larger libraries. The majority of libraries are also online making searches and reservations very easy.
My second favorite thing to borrow from the library is audio books. These are especially wonderful for car trips. We recently took a long trip with my parents. We all thoroughly enjoyed listening to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark. A favorite audio book that was listened to at least a dozen times by our youngest son was Who Was That Masked Man Anyway. Audio books help even a reluctant reader to love books.
Some libraries have electronic books. Games and learning manipulatives for young children are often available. Computers, computer games and the internet are accessible which is very helpful when your home computer or internet is not functioning properly. I have used library internet in other towns while traveling.
One year my daughter participated in a library program called Battle of the Books where she was on a school team that read and studied a huge list of books. They competed against other teams with questions about details and comprehension of the books.
My youngest son was not a strong reader but loved graphic novels (comics). Even he learned to love the library.
There was a program in the grade school I attended called picture lady. A mom brought into the class a large piece of framed art and led the class in a discussion of the piece. Our library in Wheaton, IL had a large collection of framed art. I was able to recreate that program with my children in our home. My children enjoyed taking turns selecting the pieces which we hung over the fireplace mantle in the living room for four to eight weeks at a time. We discussed the colors and mood of the piece even when we did not have knowledge of the artist or the style.
We have borrowed hundreds, maybe thousands, of movies from the library. We continue to do this. These varied from Magic School Bus and other educational programs to black and white classics such as Fred MacMurray’s, Follow Me Boys, to current films.
Well, have I convinced you to go to your local library yet?
Cuddle time reading to your own babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and even independent readers is precious time. It is a time for instilling security and love for stories. It teaches pre-reading skills such as handling a book properly and progressing from left to right. Reading expands the imagination, enlarges the vocabulary, develops the mind, and takes you to places all over the globe and beyond. Read to your children.
One more thought: If you have a bookworm, encourage them to bicycle to the library for fresh air and exercise. My second son, a voracious reader, enjoyed doing both.