I cannot say enough good things about our local library! I particularly love the children’s section of our library. Our children’s librarians are very helpful, kind and extremely patient. The library in our town and surrounding towns’ libraries have been a wonderful resource for me and my children. Be sure to checkout your local library for fun and educational children’s events and a myriad of other resources. Here is a list of the public libraries in New Hampshire. If your town library does not offer much in terms of children’s programming I suggest giving a call to the libraries in neighboring towns. Neighboring libraries often welcome my family to participate in their programming.
Below is a list of some of the things to look for in your local library:
- Children’s Story Hours
- Museum Passes: Many libraries offer passes to local museums, science centers and zoos. These passes often offer discounted admissions.
- College Scholarships
- Children’s Programming: Science, art, music and history programs are often offered throughout the school year and the summer. These programs are geared directly towards our kids and their interests. In the past few years I have taken my kids to yoga and music classes, to arts and crafts sessions, and to programs about pirates, dinosaurs, exotic animals and even a program that featured a pig that reads (to name just a few)! We have always greatly enjoyed these programs!
- Children’s Summer Reading Programs: Many libraries will offer special programs during the summer months to keep children engaged and encourage them to continue reading throughout the summer. Our local library gives our children a means to chart the books that they read during the summer and awards them prizes for their reading at the end of the summer.
- Book Fairs: Many libraries will host annual book sales at which they sell used books (at a very good price) with proceeds typically going to benefit the library. We have bought some terrific children’s books and dvd’s at book fairs in the past.