Utilize a super, FREE resource and get your child a library card, ideally in his or her name. Here are some reasons why it is beneficial:
- A never-ending supply of free books! Hello!
- Often the children’s section of the library has a section specifically for early readers (K-2 readers).
- If you’re lucky, the children’s section will have leveled readers.
- Having his or her own library card is empowering. You have a driver’s license, bank card, credit card, etc. S/he has a library card!
- The library often offers exceptional, free literacy programs, such as toddler time, crafts and summer camp.
- The librarians can make excellent book suggestions for your child based on his or her interests and reading level.
- There are also a variety of versions of “books on tape” for children. CDs and DVDs paired with books can motivate reluctant readers.
- The library often has a great play center filled with new, sometimes educational, toys. The children’s section of the library is a perfect place for a play date.
- Some libraries have computers and iPads loaded with literacy software.
- Mom, Dad, Caregiver, you can sign out a book for personal reading to model good reading habits.
- Libraries often have excellent parenting resources on a range of topics from integrating literacy into the home to nutrition to learning disabilities.
- If you visit the library regularly, there is no need to own a ton of books. This is especially important if you are looking to save money, live in a small space or dislike clutter.
- As a public resource, some library funding is dependent on how much the library gets used. The more that the library can document that its services are used by the community, the greater the funding.
- Libraries have computers with Internet available for public use. Your child can complete his or her research projects and/or homework there.
- The library often has study rooms, which can be reserved. The study rooms are appropriate for doing homework or meeting with a tutor.
What cool things am I overlooking? Here’s a chance to brag about your local library.