We have always enjoyed our small town library back in Oregon. From time to time Anna and I would visit story & craft time (tried that with the boys when they were little but it was a big fail), every year the kids signed up for the summer reading program, I took the Cub Scouts on a field trip there, etc. etc. etc.
So after moving I sought out the library pretty quickly and was so impressed by the list of activities that they offer. Here are a few of the things we have taken advantage of.
BOOKS & BRICKS
The kids were all over this one. On this particular day the library staff read a couple books about gardens and then issued a challenge to the kids to create a garden scene.
Top left: Conner, with a waterfall & stream running through his garden. Top right: Anna.
Bottom left: Payton. His garden is on fire. Nice, huh?
ARTS & CRAFTS
Arts & crafts for the kids and I don't even have to clean up the mess? Sweet! We visited on the first saturday of May and they just happened to be making Mother's Day projects. Perfect!
PICNIC & A MOVIE
Once a month they show a movie on the big projector screen, and invite families to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy while watching the show. This was a perfect Family Home Evening activity so we packed a dinner, gathered a blanket & pillows and headed to the library to watch The Muppets.
Of course, aside from all the activities, they have tons and tons of books. Anna and I go every 1-2 weeks to check out a huge stack of books. Recently the boys have had big projects & reports at school for which they needed to site books as their sources (not just the internet). So it was really helpful to find multiple books about Erosion, New Mexico, and Denmark.
I'm so glad that we have this amazing resource so close to our home and I'm thankful for all the programs that it offers. No matter where you go, you can always feel at home in the library!