Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Public Library

At least once a week, I take the kids to the Phoenixville Public Library. As libraries go, it is the best one I have been to. The kids section of it is spacious but also has lots of nooks and crannies for kids to sit down alone or with a friend. They have a train table, a great selection of books, music, and movies, and computer areas where the computers are geared towards kids who want to play learning games or search for materials. There are tables to sit at and read or talk with other adults or eat lunch. There is a whole schedule of programs to participate in- yoga, story-times and play-times for the younger crowd, LEGO, video game, and board-game get-togethers and movie nights for older kids. Signing up is not usually required (they do have special nature and science programs that require registration.) Most everything is free (or really, you already paid in taxes) except for movie rentals and some of the programs that require registration. The staff is wonderful- all very good with small children. The adult section of the library is pretty great too, but I don't get up there often enough as I usually am wrangling two small kids and sometimes an unwieldy stroller. 

Chris likes to say we are really making the most of our tax dollars with how much we use the library, and I agree. When I go (like I mentioned, at least once a week) we get a stack of new books out, return the ones we've read, and stick around for the story/play-times. The kids are read various short stories, they sing and dance in between the stories, and sometimes there is a craft. I will be sharing some of the crafts in future posts- I think they can be adapted to help teach various lessons for different ages, so I want to keep track of them here for future reference. 

Does anyone else use their public library? What other free kid-friendly places or events do you frequent?

1 comment:

  1. I use yours. Haha. Because yes, it is much nicer than the others I have tried. :)