On days when the weather is too hot or to cold to play outside, your child often times gets bored and wishes they had something to do. Taking them to the library is a fun and educational way to get them out of the house and doing something fun. Your local library not only has lots of children’s books, it often times has an entire section of the library just set aside for your youngster’s to enjoy.
Often times a local library will have local artists come in and paint mural’s or fun colors in the children’s section for your little one to enjoy. They also can have beanbag chairs and squishy floor pillows set up in the children’s section, so your little one can curl up with a book while you find your own book to read. They also may have puzzles and toys for little ones and a special “children’s section aide” that will help your little one find just the right book and teach them all about the library and the check out process.
Involving your little reader in such a way makes them feel important by having them know just when there book is due, or even having them stamp the due date on the inside of their book. Their excitement over new activities and a new environment will make them want to come back, and taking home a book, puppet or movie is something exciting for them as well.
Local libraries also oftentimes have a story-hour, where a child can come in with either you, a babysitter, or a daycare provider and have interactive time with other children their age, have books read to them, eat a snack, and do a craft that they can bring home to you. Story-hour is another way for your child to learn to love the library and the educational books inside. The minute you take them home, they’ll want to come back!