The books and books of shelves at the library often delight children, but if your child needs a little help enjoying the library, try some of these ideas. They’ll get him excited about the trips and about reading.
Make Him Official
Do you check out all of the books with your own library card? Give your child some ownership by letting him have his own card. Check with the library first to see if they have a minimum age for getting a library card. You don’t want to get him excited only to find out he’s too young. Let him go with you to get the card. He might even get to sign the card himself.
Switch It Up
In small towns, you likely only have one library choice. In larger areas, spread your wings and try different libraries. After visiting the same one every time, your child may start getting bored. At a different branch, he’ll get to see new books and different displays that might spark his interest in reading.
Let Him Lead
Going to the library is often on a list of several things you do in a day, but resist the urge to rush your child through the aisles. Stand back and let him take the lead. Let him decide which parts of the library he wants to explore. Give him some time to sit in a quiet corner and browse through his books before you check them out.
Most libraries offer an assortment of programs designed just for kids. Instead of just taking a quick trip to pick out books, plan to stay for the programs. Check out the monthly calendar for the library so you know what’s coming up that would spark your child’s interest.
During the summer months, most libraries have extra activities. Many also hold reading programs that encourage kids to read a certain number of books. At the end of the summer reading program, you child might get a prize.
Make Up Games
Want to encourage your child to spend more time at the library? Make it a game. Make a simple scavenger hunt that leads him to different areas of the children’s section, for example. Or play a quiet game of I Spy while you’re at the library.