The public library has long been one of the best places to take kids. There’s tons of fun stuff for kids to do, not to mention a virtually unlimited number of books for them to read. In this article, we’ll go over some of the best reasons to take your kids to the library today.
Reading is Key
The number one reason to take kids to the library is so they can develop a love of reading early in life. Reading at a young age, and learning to enjoy reading, can be a huge help later in life for kids. Reading frequently will help children when they start school. Kids who already know how to read when they enter Kindergarten have a huge advantage over children who don’t, and this advantage can carry through the rest of their school years.
For older kids, reading is still important. Reading helps kids expand their vocabulary, again leading to increased success in school. Reading for fun also teaches kids to enjoy reading, which makes it much less difficult when they have to read in school or read something less interesting to them. Not to mention, the more kids practice reading, the better they will be at it.
Kids who read often and enjoy reading will also be better writers. Writing is a key skill in school and life—being able to write well means being able to communicate your thoughts clearly, and this skill is important in any area of life or work.
Fun Activities for Kids
Another great reason to take kids to the library, besides the books available, is that many libraries have fun programs and activities for kids. Call your local library or check them out online to see what’s available.
One of the many programs most libraries have is story time, where librarians or volunteers read aloud to children. This fun experience can help kids learn to love reading, even if they’re not quite able to read yet. It also gives kids a reason to like the library before they ever even go to check out a book.
Libraries also offer other educational programs, ranging from guest speakers to special activities for kids. Your local library might offer puppet shows, social events for kids, and STEM-related activities to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math.
Music and Movies
Did you know that many libraries now offer more than just books for check out? Libraries also carry music and movies for your kids to enjoy. Ask your librarian if there is a CD or DVD section where you can bring home music and movies for the kids.
In addition to checking out physical DVDs (or books, for that matter) many libraries offer electronic resources. This can include music and movies, in addition to a selection of e-books or other educational resources that you can check out electronically.
Perhaps the best reason to take your kid to the library is simple—it’s free! There’s not many places where you can take young children for fun educational activities that don’t cost you a single cent. No matter how small your budget is, you can always take your kids to the library to enjoy books, fun activities, and even check out a few movies.