Kids are continually learning, and it's important that they have access to information that will both educate them and guide them in becoming active members of the global community. The library is a wonderful destination if you want to take your kids somewhere that will encourage learning while providing a bit of fun. Below are a few ways that your family can make the most of the library in your neighborhood.
Designate a Library Day
Choose one day per week to visit your favorite library branch or visit different locations to better explore your community. This will create an event that your kids will look forward to, and it will keep them reading and learning about things that interest them (outside their schoolwork) on a regular basis. Independent learning is critical to a child's development, and a designated library day will allow your kids the time to further investigate the topics in which they are most interested.
Get Involved in Library Programs
Libraries often create programs that are aimed at engaging the youth of the community. From book clubs to reading hours, these programs encourage kids to read, to learn, and to get involved. Talk to your librarian to learn more about these programs. If your local library team is open to it, your kids may even propose a program that they would be interested in, and help to get it up and running. Taking this type of initiative is a great learning experience, and will help kids develop leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills.
Create Goals for Your Kids to Reach
This is a particularly good approach during the summer, when kids have more time to spend reading. If your child is an avid reader, set a goal of a certain number of books for them to read in a certain amount of time. Or you can speak with their teachers and the librarians to build a book list that will keep their minds engaged over the summer and offer substance above and beyond the traditional summer reading requirements of most schools. For kids that are more hands on, completing projects associated with a book that they've read is a wonderful option. For instance, kids might build a Martian landscape in a shoe box after reading a recommended sci-fi novel.
Make it a Family Tradition
For kids who love to read, making the most of the local library will be a treat, not a chore. But children who simply aren't as interested in books may find it difficult to get excited about spending a few hours in the stacks. By making this a family trip, you can help your kids get more out of their library experience than simply what the books provide. Going to the library together can prove a great bonding experience that your family members will cherish, and you can set a wonderful example by actively sharing this experience with your children.
Interesting Programs for Adults
While your local library will keep your child engrossed with books and other brain-stimulating activities, there are creative rewards for adults as well. Check for author events, book clubs, and poetry programs at your local library. It will give you a great opportunity to socialize and connect with people who share interests same as yours.
With the advent of e-readers, it's become really easy to have access to books and that too without having to be present at the library physically! If you haven't availed yourself of your local library's e-books facility, then please sign up for it with utmost dispatch. Borrowing of books couldn't have been that easier or convenient.
The library is a fantastic resource in your community. Why not use these tips to make the most of it?