Today, I want to chat about a magical place that holds endless opportunities for learning, imagination, and bonding time with your little ones – the library!
As a homeschooling mom, I’ve come to appreciate the many benefits of incorporating library visits into our educational journey – the invaluable resource that goes far beyond just borrowing books. If you have not visited your nearest library, I hope after reading this blog post you will grab your reusable bags and visit your nearest library. Here are 6 reasons why taking your kids to the library is an absolute must:
1 The library provides FREE access to books
When you step into the library, you’re greeted with shelves that are lined with books that cover every topic you can think of, from picture books that whisk your little ones away on fantastical adventures to encyclopedias that unlock the mysteries of the world, the library offers a treasure trove of resources to fuel your child’s curiosity. As a homeschooling family, the library empowers us to feed their curiosity and explore subjects they’re currently learning about in our curriculum, whether we’re focusing on history, science, literature, or art, we find all the books to support every subject at the library – for FREE.
2 Develop a Love for Reading:
We live in a digital age, where developing a love for reading is more important than ever. The library provides a quiet, cozy environment where kids can immerse themselves in stories, explore new worlds, and develop a lifelong passion for reading. I love taking my kids to the library and letting them pick out books that pique their interest, and watch as their imagination blossoms with each turn of the page.
Library visits also promote the concept of reading for pleasure rather than as a chore. When children read books they genuinely enjoy, they develop a positive association with reading, making it a source of joy rather than a task.
3 Improves Reading and enriches kids’ vocabulary
The library exposures kids to a diverse range of books, where from the books they encounter new words and phrases that enrich their vocabulary. Regular reading helps kids internalize these words, enhancing their language skills and communication abilities. By exposing kids to a wide array of reading materials, they have the opportunity to discover genres and improve their reading.
4 Improves Empathy
Reading can improve empathy by enabling one to picture the feelings of others. Learning about various viewpoints helps kids develop an understanding of cultural values that are distinct from their own. Books let children consider multiple perspectives and have a better understanding of others’ actions. Libraries are active centers of learning, not just places for books.
5 Libraries are active centers of learning, not just places for books.
Many libraries offer free exciting educational programs, workshops, and activities for people of all ages. We like to attend these activities as they provide hands-on learning experiences that complement our homeschooling adventure, ranging from storytelling sessions and craft workshops to science experiments and coding lessons. Visit your nearest library and find out more.
6 Enjoy Free Library Facilities
- Libraries have spaces for you to study, work, or read in peace and quiet.
- Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more from your local library for free on the Libby app.
- Free Wifi and computer access. Most libraries allow users to use printing services at a low charge.
The library has become our second home and my favorite secret weapon as a homeschooling mom – a place where knowledge, creativity, and community converge. Whether you’re seeking educational resources, sparking a love for reading, or fostering vital life skills, the library has got you covered. So, don’t hesitate to your nearest library and register, it’s free.