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5 Ways to Enjoy Your Local Library
The library has to be one of our family’s favorite places to visit. We try to go several times a week and usually come home with a good stack of books and other finds. If you haven’t been to the library in awhile or you’re looking for some new ideas to spark a new visit, read on!
Here’s what I recommend you do:
Spend time simply browsing
Let your children browse the sections and browse the rows. My son loves to sit on the floor and flip through various sports books. Sometimes we’ll grab a stack of books and then head to some comfy chairs. Sometimes I’ll read a new book to my youngest. The library visit doesn’t have to be a quick in and out. (Although that type of visit does have its time and place.) Rather, a slow hour or so of browsing and discovering new genres and books is a great way to spend part of your day!
Bring home a number of themed books
Fall has arrived, so borrow a handful of fall-themed books from your library. Do you have a child that is interested in a certain time period? Pick out a bunch of books that share stories and people from that time. Choose a science topic to investigate, and grab the books that will offer you plenty of interesting information and facts. The themes are endless, and the books are numerous! Ask your child what they’re interested in, and take it from there!
Check out magazines & board games
Our library has both magazines and board games that are available for borrowing. Check to see what unique items (beyond books) your library offers to its visitors.
Find a new favorite movie
Speaking of items that aren’t books, movies are always a fun option when visiting the library. Our library has a large children’s movies section, and we have discovered some fun, family-friendly movies over the years. A couple years ago I borrowed Mary Poppins from our library, and I loved sharing this classic with my kids!
Discover awesome audio books
Audio books are a big favorite in our home! Our library has a good-sized audio section, and we love discovering new books. We play audio books in the car, in the house, and the kids even check out individual players that make for easy bedtime listening. Some of our recent favorite audio books include: anything by Beverly Cleary, Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate , Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm, and The Report Card by Andrew Clements.
We have enjoyed plenty of Cape Cod libraries over the years. Our favorite is the Brooks Free Library in Harwich. What’s yours?! Share in the comments below!
Charissa was born and raised on Cape Cod. After 9 years away from the Cape, she and her husband returned home to start their family. A former 5th grade teacher, Charissa has spent the last 12 years at home with her 3 children while working various part-time jobs. Just about a year and a half ago she decided to pursue something she had been thinking about for many years; she started a blog! She loves sharing her passion for living a full life without all the busy over at http://www.thenotsobusymom.com/. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram (@thenotsobusymom) to learn more.
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