We go every week filling a crate with books. In fact, we have 2 library crates – one to go back and forth to the library and one to keep at home with the rest of our library books.
What I love:
- We can put books on hold from other county libraries (from home searching at my computer in my pjs) – 10 per card. I’ve been known to max out our 3 cards.
- My kids like to go to the library.
- It’s free (except for a few late fines or lost book replacement fees).
- We can get DVDs too. (Since we got rid of cable, this has been useful.)
- I can locate books on subjects the kids are interested in without shelling out lots of money to buy them.
- The library has helped my children develop a love of reading – especially of reading non-fiction.
- I can indulge my children at the library. As long I can can still lift the crate, we can add books to it. I’ve been known to walk into the library with my children saying that we are only going to take one book home each and yet coming home with yet another crate. How can I say no to “Mom, can we get a book about a falcon?” or “Wow, mom. Did you see this great book about metaphors?” or “I really want a book about Jackie Robinson.” Ok, when it comes to the library, I have the backbone of a jelly fish.
- We can check out audio books for road trips or days around home.
- We can get audio books and ebooks for my kindle from the library web site.
- Our library even allows you to see out shaped cake pans, but since we’re a gluten free home, we leave this for someone else.
What the kids love:
- They find fun books wandering through the stacks.
- They love to get books from series that they already enjoy.
- They love finding funny books.
- They find books they like about true heroes – like good non-fiction books.
- It has books about animals – more than we have at home.
- They love the play places (our libraries have puppet stages, doll houses, and other toys).
- They love that they sometimes get to run into our friends.
What do you love about your library?