A Quest for Knowledge Fun At the Library

We live in a world of instant access to information.

This is fabulous BUT I don’t want my kids to miss out on
the magic of the library because of it!

I want them to know that each book is like a little world of information or adventure!

Here’s what I’ve done to introduce my kids to the library, to teach them to turn to the library for information, and to show them that doing so can be FUN!

1. Take Note of Their Interests

When my daughter expressed an interest in bugs- specifically ladybugs and bees, we went to the library, on a hunt for bug books!  (Of course you can do this with any subject that your child is interested in)

2. Get to the Library & Declare a Quest!

You can make this fun by getting excited about your quest and helping them to feel the excitement in your face and tone of voice. Go to the computer together and search the catalog for bug books- write down the information you need to find the books, and go find the shelves!

(Include your child as much as you can in this process- explain how the library works, have them help you look at the numbers on the shelves and the books, so they’re included in the hunt!)

3. Choose Your Books & Get a Library Card

As soon as you find them, get excited that you’re on your way to the information you want!

Read through the titles and look at the pictures on the books together, choosing the ones you think you’d like to look at. Get a good stack of books to check out and if your child doesn’t have one, sign them up for their own library card! (Have you ever seen that episode of Arthur where they sing, “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card!”?… so true!)

We came home with a good stack of books on our subject of choice:

A Quest for Knowledge Fun At the Library

4. Dig in & Learn!

We read the books together (you don’t have to do this in one sitting- just keep at it as long as they’re interested, and come back to it later if you need to.) The goal is for this to be fun!

5. Have Fun with your new found Knowledge

After you’ve learned a bunch from the books, think about ways to have fun with that information:

Is there a science experiment you could do?
Could you go on a nature hunt to find something you learned about?
Is there an art project you can make?

In this case, we decided to make some bugs out of paper. We made the ladybug first and I helped out by cutting pieces of construction paper out, for her to assemble with a glue stick:

A Quest for Knowledge Fun At the Library

She had fun putting that together, and then when it came time to make a bee, I let her take the lead a bit more.  My kids are always surprising me with what they can handle on their own- she went right to work cutting pieces out (and I went to work putting my perfectionism aside, realizing that it was more important for her to “do it herself” than for the bug to look just right! haha)

A Quest for Knowledge Fun At the Library

She impressed me by taking this interesting fact…

A Quest for Knowledge Fun At the Library

…and incorporating it into her artwork!  At first glance, you might think she made a “stinger” for her bee, but that would be because you hadn’t just embarked on a quest of learning at your local library!  If you had, you might’ve picked up on a few interesting little facts, such as the crazy length of a bee’s TONGUE! (It never occurred to me that a bee would have a tongue)

A Quest for Knowledge Fun At the Library

She was so proud of her creations!

More Ideas:

There are so many great ways to introduce your kids to the wonders of the library and this is just one of them!
Depending on the ages and interests of your kids, you might want to try some of these ideas:

- find poetry books and choose a poem to memorize
- find storybooks and choose one to read to each other
- check out the DVD and CD sections- you can find a lot of fun there!
- take a bunch of books out of the library by the same author or illustrator
(read them and find similarities between their books)
- when reading children’s picture books, take time to point out the author
& illustrator’s pictures and talk about them!
(this could lead to an interest in being an author and/or illustrator themselves!
Check this post out to see how you can encourage that!)
 A Quest for Knowledge Fun At the Library

I hope this post has encouraged you to try some new, fun ways to encourage your children to learn about their interests while becoming familiar with the library! 

Heather LynneYou can visit me at Raising Memories , to see more of the fun things I’ve tried with my kids. :)

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COMMENTS
  1. February 13th, 2013 at 10:51 am
    Bethany says:
    We love our library! We are there once a week. Though it's not huge, it offers a lot of great programs and a good selection of books. My kids love the storytimes. We've been going since my oldest was about a year. I use the library for all kinds reading material: fiction, cookbooks, crafting, sewing, parenting, and magazines. I like that even if my library doesn't have a book they can get it through inter-library loan. I can get just about anything that way.

    My favorite authors are Lauraine Snelling and Lynn Austin.They both write great historical fiction.
  2. February 13th, 2013 at 11:25 am
    Rachel says:
    Such cute ideas - I've got to take my niece and nephew on a library date and do some of these.
  3. February 14th, 2013 at 12:31 pm
    Stephanie says:
    This post take me back to my first library card! I felt really special and grown up to get to choose my own books as a child. Technlogy has made it too easy to not go to the library, but there is no replacement for it. Thanks for the reminder!
  4. February 14th, 2013 at 1:24 pm
    gina says:
    I have yet to take my 4yr old to the library but I bet he would love it! I think I will take him this weekend - thanks for the push =)
    • February 19th, 2013 at 8:00 am
      gina says:
      I took my 4 yr old this past weekend and what fun!!! Gosh, I havent been to a library in 15+ years! We had a blast and came home with 5 new books to read - so happy we went!
  5. February 15th, 2013 at 12:14 am
    Hilary says:
    i love it! we need to do this more. you know i love that arthur episode! T is so small here!!!! her creations are adorable. sierra would love it!
  6. February 15th, 2013 at 11:37 am
    ashley says:
    Great ideas Heather. I need to get my girls to the library more often. Thanks for the post.
  7. April 14th, 2013 at 10:14 am
    Tavleen says:
    Nice way of getting the interest of kids...I would love to try this on my daughter
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