10 Ways to Celebrate National Library Week

By Silver Dolphin Books on April 7, 2015
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NationalLibraryWeek-Apr2015National Library Week, April 12-18, 2015, may not be a big event in your home, but it’s definitely worth talking about!

Beyond the most obvious way of recognizing it – by visiting your local library – here are other ways you can engage your family in library fun this week.

  1. If the library is a regular part of our family’s life, encourage your child to make cards for the library workers in your community or for their librarian at their school. This small act of kindness will be greatly appreciated!
  2. Do something new at your neighborhood library. Take a class, visit a different section, bring your child to a book reading, or if you’re usually in a rush, just go and sit and enjoy the quiet, tranquil space.
  3. Donate books to your child’s school library or their classroom.
  4. Have your child write up a list with books they hope to read one day. Set them free in the library to develop this list on their own.
  5. If your child is a reluctant reader, look into programs where they can read to a pet! It’s less pressure than reading to a parent or teacher. Many community libraries offer this service.
  6. Pick five books from your library to bring home and read one a night during the week. Each evening, take the opportunity to share with your child a different way that libraries benefit communities:
    • They offer resources and computer access to those that may not have it at home.
    • There are things in libraries that can’t be found on the Internet. Microfiche, for one! Libraries are great for historical research.
    • Access to information that you may otherwise have to pay for, such as subscriptions to major newspapers like the New York Times.
    • E-books, DVDs, magazines and more materials than one person will ever have in their house.
    • They save us money! Libraries provide access to more books than we could every buy or fit into our homes.
  7. Make a fun book-themed meal with these recipe ideas inspired by children’s books.
  8. Have your child create their own mini book. Get them started with some of these ideas to inspire young writers.
  9. Read a story to someone. Maybe it’s a senior citizen or neighbor child, but share a moment with someone new over a book.
  10. Join an online social network for book lovers, like Goodreads.

If the library has had a profound impact on your families live, the American Library Association invites you to tweet or Instagram with the #NLW15 hashtag to share your photo or story during the week of April 12-18.

Leave a comment – do you plan on doing anything for National Library Week?

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