Sometimes, people can take the local library for granted, but there are ways to get more out of your library visits. By scheduling trips to the library with your kids and letting them choose their own reading materials, you can encourage independent and effective learning in your child. Also, librarians offer book recommendations, and they can be an excellent resource for educational material for homeschoolers.
Check out these tips for using the library successfully.
Get a Library Card
Obviously, you’ll need to get yourself a library card before you can use your library effectively. Visit their website to find out what documentation you’ll need. Most libraries only need a photo ID and proof of residency, like a utility bill for adult cards. You can get a library card for your kids, too, even though they can use yours. Having their own can give them a feeling of ownership.
Make a Home for Library Materials
Designate a spot in your home for library books. Not only will it help you stay on top of due dates, but it can be especially helpful if you’re using library books for homeschooling resources. Also, bring a tote bag when you visit the library to help you get everything home!
Schedule Library Trips
Scheduling weekly or bi-monthly library trips will reinforce the importance of reading to your children and remind you to return books on time. Setting your library trips for the same time every week can ensure it fits easily into your schedule, but if you have a hectic week, you can pre-order books online for pickup.
Place Books on Hold
Speaking of which, did you know that you can place books on hold? Most libraries allow you to put books on hold through their online portal. Even though it may take a few days for books to become available, this can save you time during a busy week, enabling you to squeeze in your scheduled library time.
Let Children Choose Their Books
Many parents wonder what their children should be reading, especially if their children are homeschoolers. But usually, whatever they want to read within their reading level is fine! Of course, you can choose books to help with reading comprehension or boost their knowledge of a subject. But letting them explore the library on their own will allow them to figure out what they like.
Attend Library Activities
Most libraries have tons of activities that you and your family can participate in: STEM programs, book clubs, and even movie nights. Follow their social media or check in with their website periodically to see their calendar of events.
Following these tips for using the library successfully can help you and your family get the most out of everything the library offers.