I Love My Library

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While we always have plenty to do to keep us occupied these winter days, sometimes I find that we get "cabin fever" and a change of scenery does us good. That's when I like to load up the kids and head for the library. Our library has several branches in the area. Naturally, the one closest to our home is the one we usually go to, but I like to visit other branches sometimes just for fun.

I've always loved the library. All through my childhood and teen years my mother took us to get fresh books just about every week. Back in the day before internet it was the go-to source for any research a person needed to do. Patrons were expected to converse in whispers and it was all very staid and formal. And never very busy. Even then, I loved it.

Libraries today are bustling far more than they were when I was growing up. With computer stations in every available nook and corner, many people take advantage of free access to the internet. Various activities are regularly scheduled as well. Our library has Preschool Story Time, Homeschool Time, a Teen Book Club, a Family Movie Night, and even a Lego Club to name a few. There are lots of opportunities for "socialization" if that's a concern for your family.

My favorite thing is to just browse the racks for books, like I've always done. First I check the New Fiction shelf, then I look through my favorite genres of fiction and biographies. I also like to look at the crochet and knitting pattern books, or cookbooks. I use the library catalog to find books to go along with the history we are studying. We especially enjoy detailed picture books, such as the DK Eyewitness books, to enhance our learning. My daughter likes graphic novels, which she can find in both the children's and the teen's sections.

Audio books are another wonderful resource. I've been able to find quite a few "Sonlight books" in audio format which saves me time in reading them aloud. Our library has an extensive collection on CD, and quite a few still on cassette tape. They also have a handy little device called a PlayAway which is a small digital player preloaded with a particular title. I like the PlayAways for exercising because they will fit in my pocket.

The library has movies, music CDs, and video games available to check out. It's great to be able to borrow and return these electronic materials just as we've always been able to do with books. In my opinion, "going to the library" is half the fun, but I have to admit I'm also loving the resources now available online from our library. We can download MP3 audio books or e-books right from home.

The best thing of all? It's all free!

When's the last time you took your kids to the library? What is your favorite thing to do or check out? Please share!

Enjoying the adventure,
~Karla Cook
Lifelong Learner


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About Karla

I am a cherished wife, blessed mother of two, and an experienced home educator. I love to read, write, and occupy the passenger seat on road trips. Life is an adventure! Come ride along!
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5 Responses to I Love My Library

  1. alecat says:

    We're avid library lovers here!
    Our local librarians greet us by name, letting us know if they've just put aside our requested books, or letting us know about activities coming up like our recent Family Trivia night.
    It's as if the children have another 'family' to look out for them when we go there, as the report has built up over the years.

    My son's favourite resource is definitely the downloadable MP3 files. I actually like that they'll source some great cds as well as dvds, esp. the educational ones rather than just 'entertaining'.

  2. Tanya says:

    We are at the library weekly if not more often. Thankfully I have 3 of them within a 5 mile radius of the house. We check out a stack of picture books for the 4yo, a couple board books for the 18mo, some easy readers for the 6yo, a dozen or so thick paperbacks for my fast reading 9yo every single time we go. That is on top of my own stack of holds for my own interests (gardening, cookbooks, alternative health, parenting) and, of course, our homeschooling!

  3. bp says:

    I love the library! I have always taken our son as long as I can remember and he loves it as much as I do! I took some books back yesterday. I love browsing like you said and seeing if I find anything new. I get a selection of books for Caleb too. I love it when he gets home and he'll sit and dump the bag and sit there and look and read for a long time!

    Have a happy day!

  4. bp says:

    Oh and another blessing is our little town has a library also. (We live near a bigger city that has a library with several branches). It is nice to have one right here in our city as well.

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