Summer is here, and for most people, it’s time to hit the beach, go on vacation, or relax and enjoy the warm weather. But for parents, it can also mean finding ways to keep the kids entertained and engaged while they’re out of school.
One of the best ways to do that is by taking a trip to your local library.
I know, some of you are thinking, “The library? That’s just a place for books, right?” Well, yes and no. While libraries are certainly a great source of books, they’ve also evolved to offer so much more. And during the summer, they can be a lifesaver for parents looking to keep their kids busy and engaged.
(If you have young kids the library is a lifesaver in the summer!)
For starters, almost all libraries host summer reading challenges for kids of all ages. These challenges usually involve a reading log and the opportunity to win prizes.
Not only does this provide a fun and engaging activity for kids, but it also helps ensure that their minds stay active and that they retain what they’ve learned throughout the school year.
Our local library hides an object weekly for the kids to find, and when they discover it, they get a prize.
But it’s not just about the reading challenges. Libraries also offer a wide range of events and activities throughout the summer.
From book readings and crafts to movies and magic shows, there’s something for everyone. And the best part? Most of these events are free. That’s right, free entertainment for your kids. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Of course, it’s not just kids who can benefit from the library. Adults can too. Many libraries offer classes, workshops, and other events that can help you learn new skills or have fun. And let’s not forget about the other resources that libraries offer.
Most libraries let you rent movies and audiobooks in addition to regular books. And if you have a Kindle or other e-reader, you can even download e-books and digital audiobooks from the library’s website.
New to our library, now you can even rent HOT spots! That means you can hook up to free wifi! Our library received these through a grant, but it’s worth checking out in your area. They allow you to check it out for three weeks, so there may be a waiting list.
This will be perfect for me when I take the girls out and about and want to get some work done on the laptop.
So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to your local library and see what they have to offer. Encourage your kids to participate in the summer reading challenge and attend some events and activities.
Take advantage of the other resources available, like movies and audiobooks. And don’t forget to show your support for your local library by visiting often and making good use of what they offer.
The library is way more than just a place for books. It’s a community resource that offers a wide range of services and activities for all ages.
So, this summer, instead of spending a fortune on entertainment, hit your local library and see what they offer. Your wallet (and your kids) will thank you.