"Family Outting at the library"

  1. i sit here at the computer while my daughter does a report for school in the library. i bring my children as it a good resource for myself as well.

    to be honest, i can't study here, so i "play" on the computer while they do the work they need for school and let them "play" a little before we go home, this way we can all do it at the same time instead of taking turns at home.

    this particular library has numerous educational and fun resources for the entire family. i like the fact that it's opened until 10pm mon-thurs and til 6pm the other days.

    do you take your children to the library or leave them there.

    it can be a positive outlet for a family treat, or so i think.


    when was the last time you spent the day at the library for studies or fun?
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   nursegoodguy
    I don't have kids but I use to LOVE to go to the library!
    Especially when I was a kid! I'd walk there myself and always loved the experience!
    I think it had something to do with when I was in first grade I went to a school called Lawrence grade school back in Springfield, Illinois...
    It was such a classic place...
    Now Lawrence school was an old school from the turn of the century... the main floor had high tin ceilings and wood floors that would make an echoing clicky sound as you walked across them with your leather soled shoes on. There was wainscoating of dark wood that went up more than 6 ft high on the walls and tall windows which in the summer time the teacher would use a special long tool to open the top portion of to let the heat out...
    But the library... Ahh I remember it well... It was the first day of my first grade year at Lawrence, (now I was a big boy and didn't have to take naps and stayed at school the entire day long!) The teacher was giving us a tour of our school and when we came to the library we were told to be very quiet, in fact she would only let us peek into this mysterious room...
    http://www.dana-thomas.org/lawrencelibrary.html it was designed by a very famous man in memory of a wealthy patron's father, (susan dana)
    http://www.dana-thomas.org/
    The man who designed this library was Frank Lloyd Wright...
    It was the stimulation to the beginnings of a life long love affair with knowledge...
    Last edit by nursegoodguy on Jan 18, '03
  4. by   emily_mom
    I think it's sad when people dump their kids off at the library and leave. It's not a day care facility...

    I love books...always have. I have instilled that into my daughter also and we LOVE the library. We just have a small one, but it's cozy.
  5. by   Mkue
    we used to go to the Library a lot when my kids were younger, I love the smell of the books !
  6. by   CashewLPN
    if you guys like librarys, you gotta go to the big one in manhattan-- with the lions out front...
    its beautiful...
    --Barbara
  7. by   nursegoodguy
    I've been there Yeti! And you're right it's very beautiful! That's another thing about NYC there's art and beauty everywhere! Would love to live closer but... who can afford it? Maybe long island?
  8. by   aimeee
    Ours is small too but pretty good for the size of our community. Its only a few blocks from the school complex so after school it is often quite crowded with kids. Unfortunately, the current library director can't seem to keep order without resorting to making up new rules constantly. Now the kids have to get special permission to go to the "loft" area, gotta have a key for the bathroom...everytime we go there is a new policy posted.

    When the kids were preschool we faithfully attended the story hour and I just loved reading all the sometimes gorgeous, sometimes funny, picture books. It is rare that we go more than a week without at least one visit to the library now.
  9. by   CashewLPN
    Giuseppe--
    I live just outside manhattan-- in Staten Island.... prices to live are only moderately more reasonable... but the commute, well... its long, but the views are great.... I might take some pictures....
    --Barbara
  10. by   nursedawn67
    I used to take my girls to the library every week when they were beginning to read, they loved it, but unfortunately as they got older and different interests they don't like to go. My youngest get her books at the school library or I have bought her some at the mall.
  11. by   boggle
    Love-A-Nurse, what a cool mom you are to take your kids to the library for the day!

    I have spent many an hour in the library with my kids (and just by myself too) in libraries in every town we have lived in . There is so much to discover, and it's more fun to have someone to share your discoveries with.
  12. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by emily_mom
    i think it's sad when people dump their kids off at the library and leave. it's not a day care facility...

    i love books...always have. i have instilled that into my daughter also and we love the library. we just have a small one, but it's cozy.
    how kind of you to share the sites! your description shows your fondness well.

  13. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by emily_mom
    i think it's sad when people dump their kids off at the library and leave. it's not a day care facility...

    i love books...always have. i have instilled that into my daughter also and we love the library. we just have a small one, but it's cozy.
    during the summer months, my children join the "summer book reading club." there are activities, and social growth with peers too. each received a certificate of completion if stayed for the duration period of the program and something special for the child who reads the most books.

    i agree, it is not a baby sitting service.
  14. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by aimeee
    ours is small too but pretty good for the size of our community. its only a few blocks from the school complex so after school it is often quite crowded with kids. unfortunately, the current library director can't seem to keep order without resorting to making up new rules constantly. now the kids have to get special permission to go to the "loft" area, gotta have a key for the bathroom...everytime we go there is a new policy posted.

    when the kids were preschool we faithfully attended the story hour and i just loved reading all the sometimes gorgeous, sometimes funny, picture books. it is rare that we go more than a week without at least one visit to the library now.
    hehe, pictures do say a lot and even if the child isn't able to read, they can use their imagination as they go.


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