Calendar Recipe Box Shopping List Address Book

8 Ways for Your Kids to Enjoy the Library

8 Ways for Your Kids to Enjoy the Library

Take advantage of this local treasure. Everyone will benefit!

By FamilyTime

  Print: Full Page
Text Only
  Email: Article
   Find: More Articles

You and your kids will be happier and more fulfilled than ever the more you take advantage of the public library. If you think of libraries as musty places with nothing but shelves of outdated books, think again!

The library is a vibrant part of most communities where the entire family can find enjoyment, stimulation and peace. Your children will benefit if they think of the library as a regular part of their lives, and you can help them do so.

  1. Introduce your children to the librarian. Encourage them to ask the librarian for assistance finding books, games, DVDs, and tapes. Let them know that librarians are available to answer questions and help them with homework and research.
  2. As soon as the library permits, get your child a library card. This provides him with access to the library and also gives him a sense of independence. Celebrate the library card as a mini rite of passage.
  3. Keep a list of questions youngsters ask that you feel would be best answered with some research. Take the list to the library with you on a regular basis. Encourage kids to add to the list.
  4. Sign your kids up for summer reading clubs sponsored by the library. Research shows that keeping reading up during the summer improves overall reading skills.
  5. Investigate after-school activities run by the local library. Encourage children to join homework clubs run by the library.
  6. Sign your kids up for computer classes at the library. This is particularly helpful if the child has no or limited access to home computers. Ask librarians for help navigating the Web. Today's librarian is an expert on the Internet.
  7. Take advantage of the large selection of DVDs and tapes most libraries offer, usually for free. Many of these are children's classics.
  8. Let your child spend time browsing through magazines and periodicals. These may be publications she sees nowhere else but which can spark an interest or answer a question.

Enter your email address to receive delicious, family-friendly recipes, exciting promotions, helpful articles and more delivered right to your mailbox. What could be better?

Summer Reading
Long summer days are custom-made for good books.
View Full Article

Reading to the Kids
Reading to our children at bedtime and other times during the day fosters closeness and gives kids one positive message after another.
View Full Article

Summer is a Good Time for Books
Summer reading is a childhood joy.
View Full Article

5 Ways Your Toddler Can Enjoy the Library
Despite their young age, toddlers and preschoolers love the library!
View Full Article

Five Ways to Help Your Kids Succeed in School
Make the most of the school year to insure your kids happily and effectively learn, learn, learn!
View Full Article

Kid's Cheeseburger Pie
Satisfy those cravings for a cheeseburger without breaking out the grill. Round out the meal with Libby`s Juicy Juice and carrot sticks.

Frozen Apricot Pops For Kids
Kids will now enjoy eating their fruit!

Kid-Tested Goulash
This mouthwatering dish combines four kid-friendly ingredients to make a 40-minute goulash the whole family will love. 

Snow Kids in Puff Pastry Shells
Get ready for some oohs and aahs...this dessert couldn't be more fun, or more delicious.  And it's ready in just 40 minutes.

Barbeque Mini Meatloaf
This is one root'in toot'in mini meatloaf that will make kids holler for more!

Tagged With: kids, reading, books, learning, research

Simply fill out the required fields to begin enjoying the benefits of – it’s fast and it’s free.
* required

Concerned about privacy? Rest assured, we never sell or share your personal information.
See our Privacy Policy.