We may still need to keep our voices down when talking in a library, but we can use LOUD voices when talking about how great they are! When there is a library nearby there is always something to do with the kids. Parents can introduce them to classic children’s books and have fun discovering new ones. Our two new favorites are The Other Side of Town and The Day the Crayons Quit. And the fact that we found these books at the library makes them more special. The public library also provides kids with storytimes and music classes, along with special holiday and year-round events.
I spoke with Rachel Wyatt, the co-founder of Wyatt Brand (and the mother of one creative son) about their work with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation as they get ready to launch “The Library of the Future.”
“The modern library is not the musky, shushed place of our youths, and the youth of our grandparents. There are games, activities, art installations, play areas, gardens, computers, iPads, and lots of books, DVDs and things to borrow and buy. Our kid always comes home with books, but he goes talking about the video games and movies he can check out. We love it because it exposes him to all sorts of knowledge and media in a way that enforces that not everything of value is advertised between cartoons, and not everything worth consuming must be owned.”
To play library at home, all you need is a table or shelf full of books. My kids came up with this all on their own, and like taking turns being the librarian! Then they have reading time with their “new” books.
Library Toys (to encourage library play)
Library Crafts (to accompany library visits)
In the end, the only thing you really need to enjoy going to the library is: going to the library! PHOTO CREDIT: Rachel Silverman Robinson Rachel Teichman is the founder of OOGIAH, an online resource for Jewish families who are moving or traveling throughout the US. The site includes a blog full of creative ways for families to cook, craft and play together. Rachel has edited the SF Bay Area family events calendar for Red Tricycle, along with writing about family-friendly restaurants. She also managed the online shopping channel for the Austin American-Statesman. She is a mother of two, and she loves to bake scones! You can find out more about her here.
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