One summer I thought it would be fun to visit all 51 MORE libraries over summer vacation. While we only visited 4, this is still a worthy goal and one I’ll keep on the bucket list.
My family and I are so very fortunate to live in Western Wisconsin and have easily access to the Indianhead Federated Library System, a consortium of 51 libraries. The closest one is an easy walk from our home and the farthest is about a 90 minute drive. We can search for and request over a million items AND get them delivered to the library of our choice– really!
I’m not just taking books here, folks! Remember your CD of favorite 80s music that got lost in a move? Looking for the original Broadway recording of your wife’s favorite musical and can’t find it on Netflicks? Your kids got a fascination with the human body? Or dinosaurs? Want to be an inventor? Want to make cards or scrapbook but don’t want to invests in stamps or fancy paper punches? Thinking about learning how to play a ukulele? There’s kit for that!
Librarians have built kits focused on one topic; each kit has a variety of books, activities, and sometimes even a movie all in one sturdy tote. They have done the work for you — all you need to do is check it out. Some of these kits even have Makey Makey boards!
Libraries are the great equalizer, putting pricey resources in the hands of anyone with a library card.
Believe it or not, you do NOT need to buy every Wii, Xbox, Playstation, or Nintendo DS your kids beg for because you can borrow those from a library, too. Audio book in a variety of formats are also available. Are you thinking of buying a baby carrier and want to try some out? The Rice Lake Public Library has several for you to test drive.
Social justice important to you? Many libraries have a Food for Fines month. During designated times, members can bring in non-perishable food items in exchange for $1 or $2 off their library fines. Please make sure food is not expired. Fines are forgiven & hungry people in your community get food — that’s what I call a win-win.
And those librarians? Those folks get their very own page. In the mean time, what do you value about your library? Do you have a favorite? What do YOU love about your library?