When was the last time that you purposely went to the public library?…
I know for many out there, you will probably say that it’s been years but, let me tell you that as a parent, the library is a resource that you should not overlook. There are so many things for you to do outside of just reading and checking out books. And what’s great about the library is that many of the things offered are low cost or free. Let’s check out some below:
Free Passes to Popular Family Attractions
In Georgia, the public library offers its patrons free passes you can check-out for a variety of attractions throughout the state. These passes include admission for families to places like Zoo Atlanta, Georgia State Parks, museums, and more, for free. To get these passes, an adult has to check them out and you typically get to keep them for 7 days before having to return them. Depending on the time of year, these passes can go quickly so, it is best to ask your librarian if they are available before making definite plans. If you do not live in Georgia, check with your local library to see if they offer a similar program.
Arts & Crafts
Whether you have a toddler, a teen, or a child somewhere in between, the library offers a variety of arts & crafts events throughout the month to engage your children at any age. These classes are usually held in the event spaces at the library. There are even adult art and craft classes that you can register for to create some amazing art.
Classes and Workshops
Do you want your children to learn to code? Or maybe they are interested in film making? Before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on introductory courses, check with your local library. They often provide classes on a variety of topics that might surprise you. There are even classes for adults that include things like yoga, toastmasters, and technology tutoring. The library also offers a number of informational workshops. These events include everything from preparing for college to small business assistance. So, always, always check with your local library. It might surprise you what type of classes or workshops you will find, and most are provided to you for free.
Looking for a way to introduce your baby and/or small child(ren) to the joys to reading, while also enhancing their social skills? Many library branches offer storytime for young children where parents can bring them in for a little bit of baby socializing and a good book. There are often theme-related storytimes for school-aged children also.
Whether you’re looking to help your child(ren) with research projects, or your teen is looking for extra help studying for their driver’s test, the public library has digital resources to help with that. With many of these digital resources, you can access them online from home, with your library card number, or in the branch itself. E-books and audiobooks can also be checked out and downloaded to your phone, e-reader or desktop for you to enjoy.
As you can see from the information mentioned above, don’t overlook the benefits that your local public library can offer. These services can enhance your life and the life of your child(ren). Honestly, this information only scratches the surface of what is offered and for many, the services provided will vary depending on the state you live in. So, take the time to check out your local library and let me know what you find.