Top 5 reasons to take your kids to the library. Spoiler: It’s not just the books!

Written by Sarah Lefebvre, WCKC

If you haven’t visited your local library lately, you may not realize what a tremendous wealth of resources they have to offer. Here are my top five favorites:

#1 The Toys

Kids love toys that aren’t their own. It is a scientific fact. Most library children’s rooms have toys for kids of all ages, especially toddler age. From puzzles to dollhouses to puppets, kids can get creative with a game that is not on a screen, which brings me to number two.

#2 Cell phones aren’t allowed in the library

This forces kids and adults to It is some great quality time with a great excuse not to have your phone and a great excuse to tell your kids they can’t watch TV, use an iPad etc.

#3 Free movies

Okay, so I realize this seems to contradict my last point, but why rent movies when there are free ones at the library? Get some family-friendly films and have a movie night post library visit.

#4 Museum Passes

Discounts on great area sights can be accessed at the library. Each library has a different line up, and most libraries list the discounts on the website for museums located here on the Seacoast, Manchester, Boston and Portland.

#5 The Books

Well obviously, but share your love of learning and reading with kids by bringing them to the library and getting excited about checking out books. We used to love filling our big bag with all sorts of new adventures each week. The earlier kids start, the more likely they will love to read too! Plus, many libraries incentivize reading through summer reading programs or host reading events.

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Local library events pages will have more information about all the great activities, events and programs your library offers for free! Visit yours today!

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