Since my husband became a librarian many mom friends have told me that they don’t use the library because it is too overwhelming, they cannot find books that they like for their children, or they end up spending more money on overdue fines or lost book charges than buying the materials would cost. I believe that everyone can have a successful, productive, and memorable library experience with the correct tools. With this series I hope to empower moms who are not comfortable with the library and to encourage those who are to continue using this resource effectively. I believe libraries can be a tool for everyone who uses them to help educate and entertain their families with little to no out-of-pocket expense. With a little preparation before you go, taking the right tools with you, understanding how your library works, and having a plan for return you and your children will look forward to trips to the library.
In the next segment we will discuss how to prepare for a successful trip to your local library.
Summer Reading is our busiest time of year. Not only do we enjoy the extra incentives to read, but we also the various programs available throughout the season. Weekly storyhours; family scavenger hunts; and science, history, and cultural presentations by various local and regional performers and presenters add to the excitement. I especially appreciate that I am stretched to read books on my own and to my kids that I would not have otherwise picked up or even noticed. The nationwide kid’s theme for Summer Reading this year is “Dream Big…READ.” If you are in the Meade area visit www.meadelibrary.info for a schedule of events. Of course, everyone should visit a local library to get in on the fun and embrace these free summer activities help your kids DREAM BIG and READ!!!
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” Walt Disney
The power and value of the written word has incredible meaning for our lives. As we expose ourselves and our families to stories, we learn information available from no other source. The content and quality of the books we read will be of lasting importance and will affect who we are and what our families become.
From an early age, I have loved reading. Some of my earliest memories are of the books that my mother read to me. As I learned to read on my own I was exposed to various genres and developed a clear idea of the types of books that I enjoyed. Fast forward through many years of reading to where I find myself now – a librarian’s wife and mother to 4 children who love books. As I read for myself and to my children I find books that are wonderful and I want to share with others and also find books that I would tell others are not of lasting value and thus not worth reading. My husband and I want to expose our children to a wide variety of reading – fiction vs. non-fiction, fantasy vs. real-life, books in print vs. audio books, print and ink books vs. digital books. With this goal in mind I want to share with readers of this blog many of the books we read, our impressions of these books, and recommendations for future reading.