I never thought I would be that person who would visit the local library on a regular basis. As a habit, I don’t like to check out books from the library. I like to be able to keep the books I’ve read. Maybe I’m a book hoarder… whatever.
Anyway, when I went home for a visit in January, I was talking to my husband’s aunt, and she told me about how she takes her granddaughters to the local library for a kids’ class. She said that it was completely free, and she showed me some of the art work that the kids had done there. I was pretty impressed.
So, when I got home, I did a little research on our local library. I found the toddler class that my daughter now attends each Friday. We go in around 10:30 am, and the class starts. We sing a bunch of fun songs, play with instruments, read books, and play with all kinds of toys. Plus, my daughter gets to socialize with children her own age, which is something really important to me. She is super shy, and I worry that she’ll struggle making friends when she gets into school.
Anyway, my library recently introduced a second class called Bright From the Start. Apparently, it’s a nationwide class offered in libraries across the country. They do a lot of the same stuff, but they include more art projects, and they bring in specialists to talk about young children. For instance, they have a nutritionist, child development specialist, and a speech and language specialist already scheduled to come in during the next few weeks. The class is only five weeks long, but I think we’ll learn a lot from it.
To anyone looking for a free and fun activity for their kids, I highly recommend looking to your local library. They have so much stuff to offer, and they usually have classes for babies, toddlers, school-aged children, and adults. Why wouldn’t you want to join in?!