Whether you’re a child experiencing the wonders of your local library for the first time, or an adult who has frequented your library for years, a quality library will always be an ideal place to enjoy a quiet atmosphere while immersed in a great book! Aside from the ability to savor a quiet moment in the midst of thousands of novels, public libraries today offer so much more than they once did, eliminating the traditional stereotype of angry librarians constantly telling library goers to “Shush!”
As public libraries have caught up with advancements in technology and learning, librarians have also realized that modern families crave more than just their favorite books; they crave gadgets, music, and physical activities, as well! While libraries haven’t lost their devotion to all things books, they have started to offer fun, family-friendly activities and programs that will help your child learn to love their local library again!
Don’t Worry, Your Public Library Is Still Free!
Even with modern advancements to public libraries, one aspect hasn’t changed: They are still free! For families seeking bargains in entertainment and educational enrichment, the library is the best deal around, offering a wide range of activities including cooking classes, game nights, or book clubs devoted to a singular genre or theme, such as Harry Potter. Other programs your local library might off include: a paleontologist giving a lesson on dinosaurs, a children’s book author giving a special reading, or the celebration of literary figures (such as Curious George) with crafts and storytelling.
Tips On Teaching Your Child To Love Their Library
Your public library is a place for your child to develop an intense appetite for knowledge, as well as a lifelong love of reading. Not only does frequenting your local library help prevent the “summer slide,” but it also provides your child with loads of free educational entertainment that will keep their minds stimulated and engaged all summer long!
At Chatsworth Hills Academy, we know how pivotal a local library can be on your child’s learning, which is why we are dedicated to discovering ways to get your child to love their library. Our experienced faculty and staff have put together a list of ways you can keep your child enthralled with their library, even during their lazy summer months:
Give Your Child A Library Card
Show your child the joy of checking out books from his local library. At some libraries, kids can also check out videos, educational games, and puzzles. Teach your child to take care of the books and other items he checks out and to make sure the items get returned on time.
Visit Your Local Library Often
Make the library a routine place that you visit with your kids, like the park or a favorite pizza place. Become regulars—get to know your way around your library, and get to know the librarians.
Teach Your Child How To Find Books And Media At Their Library
Though most libraries have moved to all-digital systems, some still use card catalogs. Others that have shifted away from the Dewey Decimal classification system—a method of assigning numbers and letters for organizing books—now arrange books similar to bookstores, with certain subgenres organized and shelved together.
Pick Up A Calendar Of Activities
Make it a habit to check your library’s event calendar each month. Some libraries host events off-site, such as a composting or gardening workshop at a local park
Consider What Your Child Likes
It’s important to help your child choose the right books, especially if she is a reluctant reader. Start with a favorite movie and see what books and media would complement it, Fox says. For example, Dolphin Tale is a great family movie, and kids who like it might also enjoy reading about dolphins.
Like The Movie? Love The Book!
If there’s a movie your child loved, suggest that they might also enjoy the audiobook about the film. For example, if your middle schooler loved Harry Potter films so much that he or she was sorry to see the story end, check the library for all of the films’ audiobooks. Once your child has the audiobook(s), check out the novel as well, so they can visually follow along while the narrator reads the book aloud.
Lead By Example
Show your child just how much you love the library! Check out books for yourself and read them at home, in the car, or while waiting for your child at soccer practice. Children tend to follow by example, so showing a piqued interest in books will automatically make your child more interested and intrigued.
Make Visiting Your Library A Family Affair
Between sports, the arts, community groups, church, and other commitments, families have many activities tugging on their free time. Though it may be difficult to squeeze in visits to the library, by doing so you’re letting your child know that reading is important—and that libraries are, too.
Contact Chatsworth Hills Academy Today For More Information On Local Libraries!
Regardless of your age, learning to love your local library is easy! With public libraries today offering more than just a good book, you and your family can find an endless amount of free educational activities and programs that are perfect for keeping the mind engaged. For more information on what your public library offers, and how to rekindle your child’s love for their public library, contact one of our faculty members at Chatsworth Hills Academy today!