Libraries are there to be joined!

One proud owner of a (pretty cool) kid's library card

One proud owner of a (pretty cool) kid’s library card

Have you looked into all the library has to offer…?

The library is a wonderful place full of free books AND so much more!  Have you joined yet, at least for books for your children?

The best things to get started are to:

  • Join at the library and get yourself (or your child) a card
  • Look at their website and get familiar with the online catalogue and reserving books online
  • Sign up to a newsletter or join the library on facebook so you can hear about all the great events and courses they run
  • Checkout the kids’ activities they run – story telling, nursery rhymes, kids craft, teddy bears picnics, baby sign, you name it!!
  • Look out for toy libraries linked with the library

Making the most of going to the library

Get your child involved from the beginning, encouraging them to look for books they like, ones they have read before and also new ones.

Talk about ‘authors’ and ‘illustrators’ and comment on those that have written/illustrated other books you have enjoyed.  Comment on the letter in the top corner which tells us where they are kept at the library.  Encourage your child to go and look for other books by a favourite author – ‘remember to look for A for Pamela Allen!’.

Get your child involved in returning and borrowing the books to feel a part of the process.  Having their own card can be quite exciting too!

Comment on the different areas of the library and what is happening, for example, ‘look that’s for the older kids’, ‘they are the computers to find out where a book is kept’, ‘that is a librarian, they work here’.

Attend storytelling and other activities to show your child what else the library is about.

Get your child to ‘round up’ the books when it’s time to return them to the library and discuss taking them back for other kids to enjoy too, but to find new and other favourites as well!

Take note of the really-loved favourites and reserve them from time to time online.  That way, you can build excitement, telling your children that you have requested the book and it will be waiting there especially for them very soon.

Show your children that you like to find books on your interests also, even if it’s magazines!

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About heidelightful

Hello friend! I am a paediatric speech pathologist and health coach. My vision is to create a world where parents can understand the real link between diet and their child's health and behaviour, and know how to create true health for their family. My two young, wonderful and sensitive sons both have food intolerances and have also taught me about my own, that I have never known about until now! Topics I have looked into for my own family's health and also from my role as a speech pathologist with children with picky eating are food intolerances, fussy eaters, creating healthy eaters and eating to prevent and ‘cure’ childhood issues such as ADHD, autism, eczema/skin issues, trouble sleeping, low immunity, frequent snot/ear infections and bedwetting, to name a few. I write many posts coming from being an exhausted mum trying to keep up with fussy boys who can only eat certain foods and also as a professional who has worked with other children with similar issues. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my husband and two boys and was previously an exchange student in Brazil! I hope to inspire you to help your child achieve their potential through health and well-being. Thanks for stopping by :) Heidi

One thought on “Libraries are there to be joined!

  1. We go weekly to the library and through the week we write a list of books we want to look for. Are there any current interests your child has?? Put it on the list!! The non fiction section is just as much fun as the fiction!! We are becoming experts on how to look after horses!!!

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