I should confess that I love books. I devour them. I even love the smell of them. So for me, a library or book store is my idea of a little bit of heaven. I often run off to Barnes & Noble after the kids are in bed just to hang out in the place where all those books gather.
But libraries, libraries are the coolest. Local libraries are so much more than a place to grab a good book (which I do – often!) You can find plenty of information on your community, find out about local events and find local resources. There’s always something going on at the library – children’s storytimes, craft events – I’m always surprised at what I find. Our library was a practical goldmine when I first moved here.
Chances are, your library even has a few little spots for the kids to hang out and well, be kids. The Valparaiso Library’s Children’s Department is great. Their book selection is immense, they have incredibly popular children’s storytimes (so popular they’re full!), and plenty of niche’s for kids to plop down and read, play with trains or hang out.
While the Library isn’t a loud place (Shhh!) I’ve often found that the children’s department is not a place where you must whisper – only be courteous to the other patrons. Let’s face it – just try to keep any group of kids quiet – it’s a losing battle – might as well teach to be respectful of their surroundings instead.
So go show your local library some love – I’m sure they’d love to have you!