I’ve always taken my kids to the library. My eldest first visited when she was six days old. I was a new nursing mum and desperate for reading materials to keep me entertained through those numerous breastfeeds. Throughout her infancy we visited different libraries on rotation. Some had great books. Others had great coffee nearby. Some had social groups that I was interested in. Either way the local library was where I felt relaxed and welcome.
Fast forward to mothering toddlers and then preschoolers, the library was where we did ‘Rhyme time’, ‘toddler time’, and ‘storytime’. Each session was eagerly awaited by mother and enjoyed whoheartedly by child and then, children.
Now as a mum of three, my library visits are less regulated mainly cos life is busy. But I do believe that my children are thriving, because of their lifetime access to books.
I just read this amazing article about Kids and libraries do mix.
Local libraries are more than just a warehouse of books. They are an escape from the mundane, a breath of fresh air, and most importantly, a welcoming space.
So I dare you. Go to a local library. Take the kids and watch the magic happen.