How do I love thee, public library? Let me list the ways:
Free. Yep, thats a biggie in this household. Free entertainment for both boys? Almost any day of the week? Sold. Or rather, not sold cause its free! Weve frequented storytimes around town, but love the ones at the Plaza Midwood, Independence Regional and Morrison libraries. Here's a schedule.
Books, Music and Movie Rentals
Kinda free. I mean, yeah, usually the books are free, but I never remember to return them on time which makes them not-free. I just consider my late-fees my donation to the library. I love how many of the libraries have pre-selected book sets based on category, age, reading level, and so on. It makes it so easy to go in with the kids and walk out with the perfect collection of bedtime stories. And I also love how it teaches the kids the concept of loaning and sharing. They arent kept forever we have to share!
The Book Hive
A great resource for all young readers (and listeners) is the Book Hive, an online resource offered by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library. Click Find a Book and select stories based on theme to intrigue little ones based on their interests then locate it and request it at your local library branch. Pretty cool, huh?
Another freebie! Most of the local libraries have various quiet-play areas. From puppet stages, train tables, childrens computers with learning software, and reading corners, youre children will have a great place to roam on bad weather days.