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What Can You Find at the Library

The library is one of my very favorite places!  I love the smell and colors of the books, the quiet whispers, the fun of browsing through the world at my fingertips. I always feel like I am on a bit of a treasure hunt. We try to go exploring at the library once a week.

Did you know that most libraries offer much, much more than just books? I spent some time on my library’s website and 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 at your library. You can download it at the end of this post.

We’ll start with the easy stuff.  Most libraries will have this list:

  • bookmarks
  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • audiobooks
  • DVDs
  • CDs

You’ll have to look a little closer to find these:

  • private study rooms
  • computer/internet
  • printer/copier/fax
  • 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

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 Check the library website to see if you get free access to these digital products:

  • ebook library
  • digital music downloads
  • small business center

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 You might find some educational resources:

  • 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 – geneology, 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

Print out a 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!

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What have you found in YOUR library?