Activities To Enjoy At Your Local Library

Kathryn Gordon

If you and your spouse are the types of parents who encourage reading, you may frequently take your child to your local library. Visiting as a family can be fun. Everyone can head off on their own and look for a handful of books that they wish to read. Some families will even do a little reading together at the library, before returning home to enjoy the books over the following weeks. What you might not necessarily realize is that there are various activities that you can enjoy at the library beyond checking out books. Here are three things that your library may have on its calendar.

Author Reading

A lot of libraries host authors who read from their books and answer questions from the audience. You'll find these events tailored to both children and adults, so browse the upcoming listings and find an author that will work well for your family. For example, if there's a local author who has written some books that you've read to your kids in recent months, it can be fun to attend the reading together and listen to the author read aloud. Afterward, you may get a chance to buy a book from the author and have them sign it for your family.

Movie Viewing

A lot of libraries have regular movie viewings, and this can be another fun family activity—and one that's significantly more affordable than taking your family to a local theater. Libraries will often connect their movie viewings with books by having a display of the book on which the movie is based easily accessible. Your family might enjoy going to see a movie based on a book that you've read together. Alternatively, it can be fun to check the book out of the library after you've enjoyed a movie and are eager to relive the story through the book.

Craft Day

Many libraries have craft days that are suitable for families to attend together. If your kids are at an age in which crafts are a big part of their life, it can be fun to attend a library's craft event. Many parents favor this outing over doing crafts at home because they don't need to come up with a craft idea or provide the craft supplies. Your kids can create their crafts while you sit nearby and lend a hand when needed—and perhaps take the opportunity to grab a few new books when you can.

Look online to learn more about family activities offered in your community.