As a child, I remember visiting the library with my family. But I remember even more, as I grew older, I was able to ride my bike to library. As an avid reader from a very young age, this was quite the exciting adventure! I had been given the freedom to travel on my own to one of my favorite places. Once there, I was free to roam around, searching for the book that was just right for that day.
Fast forward to the present, where, as a parent of two little girls, I continue to visit the library. However, my visits look quite different! No longer do I just wander around browsing through the aisles of books. Instead, we make a beeline for the children’s section as there are many things we need to do. If we have books from a previous visit, we return them. We take out 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading logs to the librarians’ desk for our stickers and sometimes, a new book. We quickly search the shelves for our favorite books that we have read so many times I have lost count. I often choose a few books that I find interesting or want to read and add them to the pile. We enjoy playing with the toys the library has set out for the day. Finally, we head to the self check out before heading home.
While these visits are so completely different from when I was younger or even before becoming a mom, I wouldn’t change them for anything. I always am amazed at the wonder the girls bring to the outing and the books that we find. I love the programs that the library has and try to attend as many as I can with the girls. Last week, we went to the library three times, and twice in one day! The library is a timeless place, where we can lose ourselves in a book and travel to far away places. If you have’t visited your library in awhile, what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore!
Here are the girls following our Pajama Party Story Time at the library. They heard several books about summer and being outside before making a firefly craft.