MamaScouts spend many afternoons at neighborhood libraries. At some point, they say, things switched from going to find particular books, to just hanging out. For hours. Reading, exploring, asking questions, sharing, talking…. even some writing.
Here is MamaScouts’s quick list of fun things you can do at the library, other than just check out books. Any of these ideas would be a great boredom buster. Just tell your kid you have an adventure in min and embrace the mission! You will have a great time!
1. Look at microfilm from your birthday, or a hundred years ago, or when grandma was born.
2. Look for the biggest book in the library. Take your picture with it.
3. Browse the travel section, find a place you want to visit, make some plans.
4. Go to the cookbook area, choose a recipe, go the store, get the ingredients and cook it that day.
5. Everyone find a poem, read it out loud and then copy it into your journal.
6. Choose a random CD, listen to it all the way through.
7. Kind Bomb: write happy, friendly, welcoming notes and slip them in random books to be found by other children.
8. Scan the books of quotes. Find a good one and write it outside on the sidewalk with chalk.
9. Bring paper and colored pencils. Draw from the easy I-Can-Draw-Books for an hour.
10. Take a present to the librarians.
11. Leave a thoughtful review on a post-it note in a book you really loved.
12. Find out what services your library offers. Ellison machine? Study prints? Study rooms?
13. Occupy! Have a meeting, writer’s group, books club, homeschool co op, adventure planning committee at the library.
14. Make photocopies of your hand, funny book titles, weird images….
15. Make a list of suggested books and media for your library to buy. Make the library YOUR library.
16. Arrange a library tour.
17. Browse books on the flora and fauna of your area. Learn to identify something new.
18. Check out the corresponding children’s or adult section to your favorite area (reptiles, art, mystery…)
19. Ask about the special collections.
20. Read a biography from the children’s sections on someone you know very little about.
21. Find a baby name book, make a list of funny name combinations, choose a new name for the day.
22. Hunt for authors with your same last name.
23. Look in the reference section. What is the weirdest reference book you can find?
24. Buy old magazines, cut them up and make happy posters, rehang in the library.
25. Make sure each kid has their own library card and bag. Do not fuss about late fees. Ever.
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