This was my first summer as a stay at home mom. As May ended and the heat index shot up, I began looking for someplace to take my kiddos that was free and indoors. So, I was thrilled when a friend invited us to a special summer story time at our local public library.
Honestly, I had completely forgotten our small town even had a library. It had been many, many years since I’ve visited a library. Between Amazon Prime and my Kindle, I had gotten into the routine of ordering or downloading books anytime I wanted to read something.
I was a tad hesitant to take my little ones to the library. My daughter was three and my son was only six months. I worried they wouldn’t sit through the story and would be distracting for the other children. But we gave it a try and they loved it! The best part was running into a few moms I had met through my daughter’s Mother’s Day Out program the year before. Suddenly a trip to the library became a chance to socialize for an hour in a controlled, cool, and (did I mention) free space!
We participated in all of our library’s summer-time events, and I have to hand it to Ms. Felicia at the Marshall Public Library- she put on quite the program! Though the school year has started and the summer programs have stopped, we still visit the library each week. My daughter never fails to make a new friend while playing with puzzles or putting on a puppet show. And I have the ability to sit somewhere new and watch my son crawl around on someone else’s floor. Never underestimate the power of a change in scenery!
And of course- we love the books! My husband and I read to our kids before bed every night. Thanks to our family and friends, we have a wonderful collection of children’s books, but we can only read “Goodnight Moon” so many times before we want to scream. Going to the library each week has given us a chance to hear new stories and explore new authors every night.
I, too, have loved checking out books again. For the past two New Years, I have resolved to read a book a month, or at least read more books than the year before. This year, the number to beat was seven (I had a baby last year, ok, people!) but buying a book a month can get expensive! I was thrilled to learn you can also borrow e-books through your device! This has been a game changer and I am now on my eleventh book for the year (woohoo!).
Perhaps my favorite thing about visiting the library is a little number found at the bottom of the receipt each time we check out. It’s a running total of how much money we have saved that year by borrowing books rather than buying them. In the past four months, we have borrowed over $850 worth of books and movies. My goal is to reach $1,500 saved by the New Year. My husband fully supports this endeavor. Amazon is not as thrilled.
If it has been a while since you’ve visited the library, I encourage you to check it out! There’s always something new to discover.
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