Do you ever feel overwhelmed when trying to find books for your kids at the library? Or maybe you always end up with a familiar stack of favorite authors or classic books? I am excited to share that this summer Erica from What Do We Do All Day? and I will be teaming up to bring you the Great Summer Library Challenge a three month set of library challenges to help you enjoy summer reading with your kids by exploring your local library.
We will be teaching you tricks for quickly being able to locate the best children’s books and helping you find new authors and types of books. If you are already library savvy, we also will be sharing advanced library challenges to keep you on your toes.
So, are you ready to join us on a tour of your local library? The first preview library challenge is simple.
Preview Library Challenge #1
Head to your library and find out what the summer reading program is and sign up.
Many summer reading programs not only get kids reading but also include quality programs for the kids. In fact, my local Greenville SC summer reading program kicks off today with a performance of the award-winning Salsa Cinderella.
You don’t have to sign anything to participate in The Great Summer Library Challenge. Just subscribe via email address at the bottom to get my post next week with the first set of library challenges which will get you enjoying summer reading in the fiction section. If you do participate, you are always welcome to share your progress or discoveries on my Facebook page or in this comment thread.
My Library – Hughes Main Library in Greenville, SC
As part of introducing this series, I thought it would be fun to tell you about my library in Greenville, SC and the wonderful resources that it contains. Erica and I both live in very different parts of the USA. Erica lives in NYC and visits one of the largest libraries in the US, while I live in a growing center of culture in the south Greenville, SC.
I’ve lived in Greenville for almost my entire life, and remember when the children’s section of the Greenville library was contained in one rather small room. The library itself was dark and out-dated.
In my early adult years, our Greenville Main Library was completely moved to a new building with window paneled walls. The children’s section is full of wonderful resources, and large rooms are available for library programs. I still feel a sense of fascination when I visit our library. The transformation is amazing.
Some of the fabulous things that you will see if you visit the Greenville SC library’s children section:
- Miniature castles, with small knights and princesses that can be checked out at the librarian’s station
- Hands On interactive cubes for toddlers and preschoolers
- Resource tubs for parents to check out on topics ranging from holidays to learning how to read
- A 24,000 piece puzzle spanning the wall
- Lego bins
- Computer stations with learning games
- A book stack for measuring growth
- A PAL Center complete with a play kitchen, puppets & puppet theatre, blocks, and wooden cars
- Several look and finds, including a doll house
- A kid size book drop for play
- Some very nice librarians
- Stacks and stacks of high quality books (I almost always find any book that is popular is already available or on order).
Beyond these resources, our Greenville library runs a complete set of regular programs for all ages of kids, ranging from special story times for babies to hands-on learning activities for teens. And, our library has a schedule full of high-quality educational special events, all free to the public.
Don’t forget to stop by What Do We Do All Day? to find out a little bit about why Erica loves her local library system in NYC – I can hardly imagine what it must be like to choose between 200 branches!
Can you tell that I’m a little proud of my Greenville library? I would love to hear now about your local library and what you love about it!
Explore the Fiction Section with your kids at the library (Challenges 1 -3)
Explore the Fiction Section with your kids at the library (Challenges 4 – 6)
Explore the Non-Fiction Section with your kids at the library (Challenges 1 – 3)
Explore the Non-Fiction Section with your kids at the library (Challenges 4 – 6)
Explore the Non-Book Resources with your kids at the library (Challenges 1 – 2)
Explore the Non-Book Resources with your kids at the library (Challenges 3 – 4)
Don’t forget to subscribe via email to get the first set of library challenges! Let’s get this summer reading going!