Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Things I Love Thursday: The Library
When we lived in Princeton, my friends with kids would talk about story time and other events at the library. At that point, I could hardly get to the store, let alone to the library. But when Joshua was a little older, I started to understand how wonderful these programs could be.
It started small. We would go to song and story time once a week. Then we started ordering books ahead online to pick up at the front desk. Eventually we would actually take time to browse the children's books on days that didn't even have events.
When we first moved to Aberdeen, it took a little while to get acclimated, but we eventually found our way to the Aberdeen Central Library (pictured above) and have been hooked ever since.
The Central Library has a great set up. The children's library is a separate, entirely-enclosed room. I don't have to worry about my kids making too much noise in a quiet place. And they have a little more freedom to wander and look at their own things.
They also have Reading and Rhyme time every fortnight (every two weeks) for little kids. They don't break up the age groups as well as the Princeton Library use to, but they do a good job. Joshua and Abigail are always a little hesitant to get involved with the activities, but later in the week I often hear them singing the songs they learned at the library.
The story and song time normally ends with some cute little water songs. The kids all hold onto this sparkly material, shaking it to resemble water. The little stuffed animals are tossed around and around. It end by bouncing all the animals into the air. The kids love it.
They also have computer games and activities for older kids (which my kids haven't really gotten into yet), and they have coloring pages and other games for younger kids. Below the kids are playing some sort of Bingo or alphabet game, while Abigail colors her masterpiece.
My kids love looking through all the books for the ones they get to use this week. They also have free movie rentals, so I normally let them pick out a few DVD's for the week. We also discovered that the small, neighborhood library (Tillydrone) has educational games and toys. On our last visit, Joshua and Abigail each picked out one toy and one game to bring home. Very cool!
More than anything I am thrilled that my children love books and the library, almost as much as I do!
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