The library is one of my very favorite places! I love the smell and different colors of the books, the quiet whispers, and the fun of browsing through the world at my fingertips. I always feel like I am on a bit of a treasure hunt.
I just found out recently that this week (April 3-9, 2022) is National Library Week. It reminds me of my homeschooling days when my children and I would go exploring at the library at least once a week. I always encouraged my children to find a good book or two each week to read, and we would discuss them as part of their reading lessons. Inspiring children to read opens a world of opportunities for them.
What to Find at Your Library
Did you know that most libraries offer much, much more than just books? I spent some time on my library’s website, and I was quite surprised at what I found! I made a library scavenger hunt that you and your kiddos can use to do a little detective work of your own at your local library. You can download it at the end of this post.
We’ll start with the easy stuff. Most libraries will have these:
You may have to look a little closer to find these:
- private study rooms
- printer/copier/fax machine
- a computer for games – usually in the kid section
- tax forms – might only be out at tax time
- community bulletin board – free advertising, so bring your business card or flyer
Check the library website to see if you get free access to these digital products:
- ebook library
- digital music downloads
- small business center
You might find some educational resources, too:
- activity kits – themed books, puzzles, videos, printables in a portable kit
- sheet music
- reading & homework help – our library lets kids read to a dog (a real one!)
- SAT/ACT practice tests
- genealogy department – try the main library of the nearest big city
- classes – genealogy, technology, ASL for babies & adults, poetry, ESL
- passes or tickets to local museums
Bored kids? Get them involved in library activities:
- volunteer work – usually for teens & older
- used book sales – once or twice a year
- video game tournament
- lego club
- reading clubs/contests
- weekly activities – storytime, crafts, science club, game night
- guest speakers – historians, authors, community leaders, musicians
Library Scavenger Hunt
Print out my library scavenger hunt and take it along on your next trip to the library. Maybe you will find a hidden treasure trove of valuable resources!
I created this FREE library scavenger hunt for my email subscribers.
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What have you found in YOUR library?