One of my goals for 2012 is that we make a regular visit to the library. This time last year our local library was under threat of closure – the county were going to close all but 3 or 4 of the libraries – we supported the “Save the library” campaign and attended the Book Start groups for Babies and Toddlers (J was between the two groups at the time), but funding was cut to let the libraries stay open and the toddler group was gone and for some reason we stopped going. Towards the end of the year we started again when I realised that we needed to add books to our collection, so we have decided to make it our goal each week to go and visit the library.
Today was our first real trip to the library, I explained to J that after Lunch we were going to walk (this I think was the big draw at first as we’re lucky that the library is within walking distance and I can get to it without having to go near any busy roads) there to get some books – which again was another real excitement of the trip.
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He spotted where the children’s books were straight away (due to the big green dinosaur bookshelf and car mats on the floor) – yes it’s a really child friendly library and we headed to choose our books for the week.
Now I had some books in mind for our books but also gave him free choice. My big look and find was for potty training books as J this week has announced that first “I want to sit on the potty” and then “I need to wear big boy pants” and is very specific over which ones – Green Thomas the Tank Engine ones (Thank you to Anna from The Imagination Tree for managing to locate some as well – M&S here we come).
We picked up a great selection of books from the library including a Maisy book on Libraries – he’s a fan of libraries and I thought as it’s going to be a regular visit it would be good for him to find out more about it. At the end I helped him carry the books to the desk and gave him his library card (he’s had it from 6 weeks old) and explained what he had to do – he handed the books to the librarian and said “Please can I take these books”. She did the stamping of the books (which isn’t usually done) and then handed them to him and off home we went to sit on Mummy’s lap and read the books.
Do you visit the library regularly what is your favourite aspect of it and how have you introduced it to your toddler/child?