– Besides Books –
Summer is a great time to relax after the stress of the school year, but relaxing can be educational, too. Many people think of the local library as just a place to check out books, but today’s libraries have kept up with the digital revolution and many now offer media beyond books as well as great programs for kids of all ages. From science activities and STEM projects to story time and crafts, libraries can offer a world of education and fun this summer.
Take Advantage of Digital Library Access
Most public libraries have adapted to the technology boom in surprising ways. Your kids can not only visit the local library in person to check out books and other media, but most public libraries now offer digital streaming as well with your library card. Your child can relax with his or her headphones and enjoy an audiobook or watch movies through your library’s online streaming portal. Check with your local library to find out more about parental controls and streaming availability so you can customize your children’s online experiences.
Beat the Heat and Escape the Rain at the Local Library
Summer is usually most kids’ favorite time to play outside, but the weather may have other ideas. If a summer day is particularly hot or bad weather rains out your outdoor plans, a trip to the library can keep your kids entertained when playing outside is not an option.
Enjoy Local Library Events
Most local libraries expect an influx of kids visiting during the summer months, and many arrange fun events like story time, games, arts and crafts, movie screenings, and other activities for kids of all ages. Check your local library’s events calendar and ask your kids if they see any upcoming events they would like to attend.
Get a Head Start on the School Year
Some kids may want to take advantage of summer vacation by preparing for the next school year. Your local library very likely has test preparation materials, reference books, and possibly even the textbooks your child will need during the next school year. Some libraries even offer free tutoring in specific subjects.
Check Out Books!
Of course, the main draw of any public library for kids is that they can choose the perfect book to take home. Consider incentivizing your kids to read more by encouraging them to choose and finish books that cover a wide variety of topics. For example, maybe have your kids find fiction books one week and then look for nature or science-related books the next week. Come up with new topics weekly to keep them interested and exposed to fresh stories and ideas.
You could also have your kids make their own summer reading journals, making a new page for every book they finish. At the end of the summer, your kids will feel very accomplished looking back at all the fantastic books they finished in just one summer!
These are just a few ways your local public library is a great option for keeping your kids entertained and engaged this summer. If you don’t already have a library card, summer is the perfect time to sign up!