When looking around for activities for your child, you can run into a lot of options. Some of those available programs won’t even interest your child. Some may have you scratching your head at the purpose, and if they are going to help enrich your child’s life experience in some way. And most of those activities are going to cost you money, with little return.
What most people take into consideration is that the public library has a bunch of programs open to your child for free – be it activities after school, reading groups, programs that work in conjunction with what your child is learning in the classroom, and even summer activities so that your child doesn’t get bored as school vacations go on for weeks and months at a time.
Children’s Reading Groups
Most public libraries have after school or evening reading groups for children, broken out by grade or age range. For younger ages, a librarian or library volunteer will usually pick a book and read aloud to the childres while showing the pictures on the pages. These stories are usually easy to grasp, encourage participation, and are award-winning stories. This will encourage your child to want to read more fantastic stories, so you can ensure that your child is still having social needs met, while also expanding the constructive imagination.
For older age groups who may be well-into reading more grown up books, the public library has book clubs, where a group of children will each choose to read the same book, and meet each week to discuss the various aspects and characters in the story. They may even take turns reading chapters aloud to one another. From Caledcott Award Winning books to popular series and brand new bestsellers, the public library has reading groups for children of all ages.
The public library is also a great way to enroll your child into free and fun classes after school or during vacation breaks. These can be anything from paper crafts for the younder children, all the way up to heraldry, genealogy, and even introductory computer programming classes.
On the school side of things, the public library frequently works with local schools in offering activities and classes that coincide with what your child is learning at the moment. Apart from the obvious like Women’s History and Black History, you may find your local library having a local historian giving a presentation on what your child is learning in social sciences. If your young one is studying physics, there may be general demonstrations at the local librry. If your child is into fantasy books or even art, you can sometimes find classes to enhance and broaden your child’s knowledge about such subjects.
For the child who needs help, or who wants to go above and beyond in certain subjects, the public library often opens its doors to free tutoring. This can assist in giving your child a leg up in certain areas of learning, from math to English to foreign languages and even the hard sciences.
Your public library also has similar classes and sessions for adults who want to explore a hobby or learn about something completely new. Never before has your public library been such a hub of learning and fun activities or all age groups!
Enriched Family Entertainment
You don’t have to spend a ton of money to keep yourself and your child entertained during vacations, either. Just look at the bulletin board at the public library, and you will find everything ranging from book clubs to reading groups. Beyond books, you might find lectures, presentations, and hands-on activities for young and old alike. Some libraries even have movie showings one a week or once a month to showcase a new release or interesting subject matter.
Your public library isn’t just a place to check out books and occasionally drop off the kids when they have a report due for school. Scratch the surface and you will find that the public library is a wealth of activities, learning, and human resources that not only broaden the mind, but also develop social skills and a sense of community. Through these reading groups, activities, and classes, your children will not only learn, get a broader understanding of the surrounding world, but they might make some new friends in the process.
So, if you are looking for something to get your child involved in something other than television and video games, but don’t want to spend a ton of money on specific programs, head on over to your public library and ask to see their calendar of events. You will see a list of dates and activities available to children of all ranges. You will easily be able to pick something that is fun, creative, education, or a combination thereof. Who knows? You may find something you want to participate in, yourself.