When I was little, the library was one of my favorite places to visit. I remember always asking my mom to take me to the library. I loved the dusty smell of the old books and I was always excited to look for new adventures as I perused aisle after aisle at our local library. Many days I would spend hours at the library. This was the place I could truly lose myself in whatever I was I reading.
With the advent of the digital book, it has become a little too easy to search for what you are looking for online and clicking buy to have the book instantly downloaded to your digital reader. But nothing beats reading an actual book that you can touch, smell and flip through to look for that passage you want to read again.
I still love going to the library and I want my kids to love it, too. This is why I’ve intentionally built in a library day in our schedule. Monday is our library day. We don’t go every Monday but we go at least two Mondays every month.
My 4-year old son loves to run around the library looking for new books. He gathers the ones in he’s interested in and takes them to our table. Often he’ll find one he likes and will get lost in reading it while I chase my 18-month old around the aisles. Recently, he was delighted to discover upon starting to read a book called Blueberries for Sal that the book’s author was Robert McCloskey. Robert McCloskey happens to be the same author of Make Way for Ducklings, one of his all time favorite books. He was so excited. It’s these little discoveries that make the library so much fun.
We have a bag designate as our “library bag.” We keep all of our library books in this bag. I initially started this so we could keep our library books in one place in our home, but it’s turned out to be a great way for my preschooler to learn about taking care of his library books.
Our local library also has many other activities for young kids. There’s story time for different age groups, a sing-along for babies and toddlers and craft time once a week. We go to many of these activities, too, but Monday is our book time. It’s a family tradition that I hope to hold on to for many years to come.
What’s your favorite thing about the library?