A public library is full of summer activity options and they’re generally free. How can you pass up on free summer entertainment? Don’t miss out on the options at the public library. You might be surprised what you can do with a library card.
One of the easiest ways to have fun at the library is to take advantage of all the free programs they offer. Most libraries host story times throughout the summer. Our local libraries also load the calendar with extra activities, like animals visiting from the local zoo or craft activities for kids of various ages. If you have older kids, the library might have a book club option for them. Check out the library’s calendar, or ask the children’s librarian for a rundown of upcoming activities.
Join a Reading Program
Another classic summer option at the public library is a summer reading program. The programs aim to get your kids reading. They typically use a tracking sheet where your child records the books she reads. Last year, our library changed it up and did a challenge approach with tasks like reading an biography or reading a book about animals. This encouraged the kids to expand their horizons in their reading. The kids get a small prize at the end of the reading program.
Make It a Routine
Going to the library regularly makes it part of the routine and may encourage your child to read more. It also gives you a way to get out of the house on a regular basis without spending a lot of money. Designate a certain day as library day each week. If the library has a regular story time that your kids enjoy, choose that as your regular library day. In addition to getting into a routine, being at the library every week also makes it easier to remember to return your books so you don’t get fines.
Check Out Other Options
Most libraries have a lot more than just books. One of our local libraries also has cake pans, puppets, books on tape, CDs, DVDs and video games available to check out. Browse beyond the books with your child this summer. Set up a listening center at home where she can listen to books on tape while she follows along in the book. Borrow some puppets and put on a puppet show at home. Check out a cake pan and decorate a fun cake.