When they get to the end of the reading chart they get a wonderful arts and crafts box full of goodies! My 6 year old granddaughter is reading up a storm this summer so she can get that prize at the end! Each library has different summer programs, call yours and ask what they offer. Your kids will thank you for it! No more "Mom, I'm bored!" this summer!
By Cyinda from Near Seattle
As my children were growing up, we were a constant at the library, whether it was researching information for a report or project, selecting books for pleasure reading or enjoying the summer programs that our local library provided. We were there and it was a place we could go enjoy and it was free.
Still a patron of the library now that my children have all grown up, I continue to enjoy its great benefits. Even my father, who is 87 years young, continues to go to his community library for competitive Scrabble games and to find the most current books on a host of subjects from politics to history to business. He just finished a book on President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama and he just started the book by Steve Jobs.
Libraries are supported by our tax dollars and I can not think of a grander way to spend my money than in the pursuit of knowledge. Knowledge is attainable to everyone just by stepping through the libraries welcoming doors.
By Cathy from California
Often times when I read a book from the library, I have more reading than I have time to finish it. But, I have found a way to extend my time so that I can finish the book. All you have to do is look for the book of your choice in the big print section. and check it out. By checking the book out in the big print section, you get to keep the book for 6 weeks. Check this version out instead, this will give you more time to finish reading the book.
Another source of information is the reference desk itself. Look for flyers for workshops being held at your library. There are computing workshops offered, writing workshops, and tax preparation seminars. I've seen a beginners pottery class set up in our library's conference room. Most are there to promote one book or another, but free knowledge is free knowledge.
One of the greatest resources a library provides is access to thousands of dollars worth of databases. Articles and primary resources are housed in databases such as ERIC or Proquest which cost upwards of $5,000 a year in subscriptions. With a library card you have free access to these materials, and some libraries provide home access through their websites as well.
The value of the community library is often overlooked. It offers a place to sit quietly for a few moments. It offers incomprehensible amounts of knowledge. It offers community togetherness and an opportunity to become involved. And it offers it all for free.