Tips for Using the Library with Kids {After School Link Up}

It’s National Library Week!  {April 14 to 20}.  How will you celebrate?  

Last week was the official D.E.A.R {Drop Everything and Read} Day.  We took at trip to the library after school for some library fun and check out quite a few books from the library.  Lots of great chapter books that were suggested during our Spring Into Reading Hangouts.  I have a confession I LOVE the LIBRARY and have a little trouble just checking out a few books.  Do you have that problem?  Last week we asked our Facebook Fans for tips on how they keep track of their library books.  It's so great to know we have so many creative readers of The Educators' Spin On It.  Here's their Library Book Tips... Do you have a tip to add?  

Storing Library Books
  • Special Chair
  • Hook in the Laundry Room
  • Special Table
  • Magazine Rack
  • Plastic Crate
  • Library Back
  • Basket
  • Homemade Storage Ideas 
Check out Tips for On Time Returns 
  • Frequent Visits
  • Mark on Calendar Due Dates
  • Keep List on the Refrigerator of Checked Out Books
  • Get email reminders from Library
  • Check out the Same Number Each Time  

Going to the library changes once you have kids.  It's amazing to see how many resources they have to offer from storytime, demo classes, computers to even toys at some libraries.  Although sometimes I find it hard to manage small children at the library, it's so important for them to develop those skills and a love of books!  I figured I might not be alone with this challenge so to help you out we've collected our favorite tips for Visiting the Library with your child. 

Visiting your Library:

10 Ways to Use your Public Library @ Creative Family Fun
9 Tips for Library Visits @ A Mom with a Lesson Plan

The  Ultimate Guide for Library @ Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Library Book Love @ Boy Mama Teacher Mama

How to Find a Good Book @ I Can Teach My Child

Tips with Toddlers and Preschoolers:

Tips for Visiting with a Toddler @Growing Book by Book

Toddlers and Libraries Do Mix from Allison McDonald @ Scholastic

Creating Your Own Library at Home:

Make a Home Reference Library from Cathy James @Kids Activities Blog
Little Free Library Visit @ Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Using a Library Cart at  Home from Frugal Fun for Boys

Ideas for Library Pretend Play:

Let’s Play Librarian from Kim @ No Time for Flashcards


Upcoming After School Events
I know we will be spending a lot more time at our library and reading books during Screen Free Week April 29 to May 5.  I hope you'll join us in participating!  We're hosting a Screen Free Event April 27 with tons of ideas for things to do with your family that week.  

Upcoming this week we'll be sharing our Virtual Book Club with David Shannon!  We're spending more time in the garden and outdoors as spring arrives and will be hosting a Gardening Blog Hop & 100 Days of Play Challenge.  Plus France is coming up next with Around the World in 12 Dishes!  Earth Day Fun and a little Teacher Appreciation gift to prepare!  Lots of great activities planned for your child to enjoy from The Educators' Spin On It! What are you doing After School? 

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We would love to have you link up your School-Age Post (Ages 5 and up) about your learning week after school including Crafts, Activities, Playtime and Adventures that you are doing to enrich your children's lives after their day at school, homeschool or on the weekend! When linking up, please take a moment to comment on at least one post linked up before yours and grab our after school button to include a link on your post or site! By linking up you're giving permission for us to share on our After School Pinterest Board or Feature on our After School Party next week! Don't forget to follow along and join our After School Enrichment Community.

Link up your After School Activities, Crafts and Adventures! We'd love to see them!  


Debbie @ said...

Thanks so much for hosting!

Jen Farr said...

Awesome post, heading off to share it everywhere. We LOVE our local library!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Library has been part of our life since Anna was 6 months old. I don't know how we would have survived without being able to bring home dozens of new books every week! Too bad that now our city libraries are open only 4 times a week due to budget cuts :(

Growing Book by Book said...

So many great resources! Thanks so much for including our tips for taking a toddler to the library.

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