Summer reading programs get a lot of buzz this time of year, but how often do you actually take your kids to the library during the summer months? Do you ever think there must be more to learn about your local library? How to use it? And, by the way, what do those librarians actually do besides shelve books?
This summer Bethany of No Twiddle Twaddle and I are bringing you The Great Summer Library Challenge! Over the next three months we will bring you several challenges to help you and your kids discover new books, great authors, favorite reading subjects as well as all the extras your library has to offer.
Our family has the good fortune to live in New York City, home of three large library systems and over 200 local branches. That’s a lot! The kids and I primarily frequent the Brooklyn Public Library and I’m proud to tell you that my son once told me, “The library is one of my favorite places in the entire world.” During the summer we take advantage of reading programs, live music events, outdoor water fountains and more.
In fact, the library is my favorite place to take the kids in the summer for two reasons:
- It has free air conditioning.
- There is always something to entertain bored kids.
The Great Summer Library Challenge is designed to make you and your kids discover something new every time you visit the library (free air conditioning is just the added bonus).
Bethany and I will post the first set of challenges soon, but lucky, lucky you, we have a preview challenge. (Can’t let you leave this post empty-handed!)
We are looking forward to the Brooklyn Public Library’s massive summer reading kick-off on June 6 with live music, activities and even a Spider-Man photo-op. June 6th just happens to be a school holiday so it’s the perfect way to spend our afternoon.
Also, be sure to visit Bethany’s post about her hometown library in Greenville, South Carolina. I love the huge puzzle wall!
So, will you and your kids be joining us for The Great Summer Library Challenge? Leave a comment and tell us, “we’re in!”
Fiction Challenges: No Twiddle Twaddle (#1-3) and What Do We Do All Day? (#4-6)
Non-Fiction Challenges: No Twiddle Twaddle (#1-3) and What Do We Do All Day (#4-6)
Resource Challenges: What Do We Do All Day
Final Wrap-Up: Library Scavenger Hunt