Going to the Library
We are big fans of the library in my house. The kids and I visit our local library on average, every other week. There is a wonderful children’s room, full of hundreds of picture books and just as many middle-grade readers. They have a section of chunky board books, a reference section, DVDs and puppets. There is a quiet little reading nook and a train table. It’s a wonderful environment for toddlers up through teens. In fact, I joke that I will continue to use the children’s room long after my kids have grown because the atmosphere and staff are so wonderful.
We also check-out a steady supply of books from the library. The Boy reads about two books per week, so he’s always getting something new to read. I couldn’t afford to buy all those books for him to read, so I’m so glad that he takes full advantage of the library and its staff. Baby Girl and I get some sort of fairy, princess and/or mermaid chapter book to read together every night. She has her favorites that we have checked-out over and over. While I don’t make use of the library quite as much for my personal reading (I receive review copies to keep me occupied), our family gets a lot out of our local library.
Recently, I was talking with another mom, whose son was looking for something to read. We were at a book fair and she picked up several hardcover books to purchase for her 10 year old son. Noticing that, I commented “They have all of those books at the library!” She looked at me with her nose slightly scrunched up and replied “Oh, we don’t do library books.” I smiled politely and thought What? How can you not use the library?
Since then, I’ve discovered there are others like this person who just don’t use their local library. Reasons given to me include: not having the time to go, not liking a limit on how long one can keep a book, or not wanting to get germs from other people. I was shocked at this. I guess I just figured everyone would love the library as much as I do. So that got me wondering…
What about you? Do you make use of your local library? Who in your family uses the library and how? If you don’t use the library – why?
Thank you for stopping by to chat! Happy Reading!