Today is the second and last day that I’m contributing to the Share a Story-Shape a Future 5th Anniversary project. All this week, participants have been sharing literacy ideas for our youngest readers. Yesterday, I shared tips for a successful trip to the library with a toddler. Today, I want to share how to get the most out of your library for young children.
Did you know that you can check out more than books at your local library? Chances are that your library offers some if not all of these other great resources!
- Books with cds- Great for kids to listen to as they are looking at the book which helps with fluency.
- Books on cds- Generally these are longer chapter books that are great to listen to in the car or during quiet time at home. Many are read by the author.
- Puppets- Useful for storytelling at home.
- DVDs- Common Sense Media has helpful recommendations for selecting age appropriate material.
- Book Sales- A great way to build your home library for a minimal amount of money and it also supports your local library. A win win! Usually sales are held once or twice a year.
- Storytelling- Generally offered for children ages 3 and up. Our library does offer special story times for little ones ages 0-1 year-olds, 1-2 year-olds and 2-3 year-olds too!
- Special Delivery Bags- If you have a sick child at home, the library may prepare a special bag of books, videos and activity sheets for your little one. They will have it ready for you to stop by and pick up!
- Events and Classes- This month our library is hosting baby sign language classes, a family indoor picnic and a fun and furry reading program where your child can read to a real live dog.
- Summer Reading Incentive Program- Incentives are provided to encourage children to read over the summer.
How do you find out what your library has to offer? Visit your local library’s website for activity calendars and available resources or better yet, stop by and chat with the youth librarian. Discover what your library has to offer!
I’d love to hear other resources libraries offer around the world. What does your library offer? Or, what would you like your library to offer?
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