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Things to do at a Library Besides Checking-Out Books

by | April 17, 2019

Going to the library opens up a whole world of possibilities, even outside of the pages of your new favorite book. With Summer vacation approaching faster than I can believe, spending time at the library is a great way to keep the kids occupied as well as enjoy some unexpected perks! If you’ve only ever gone to a library to check out a couple of books, you’re missing out. Here are a few unsuspected things to do at a library that you might not have known about.

Things to do at a Library Besides Checking-Out Books
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Things to do at a Library Besides Checking-Out Books

Check-Out Upcoming Activities

Many libraries host great, family-friendly events ranging from evening salsa classes to toddler afternoon story time. These activities are usually free so there is no reason not to take advantage of these resources at hand. My library back in California also hosted yoga as well as ESL courses.

Enjoy the Kids or Teens Center

Kids and teen centers in the library exist for a reason and I know that growing up, I appreciated them. In the kid’s section, you can expect to find a plethora of great children’s books organized by reading level as well as interactive and educational computer games. In the teen’s section, there are plenty of YA novels, comic books, magazines, and computers available for browsing or doing homework.

Volunteer as a Book Clerk

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Things to do at a Library Besides Checking-Out Books

If you or your teen will have some extra time on your hands and want to give back to the community, try volunteering as a book clerk. Volunteering at a library isn’t a difficult task and help is always needed. Not only will it look great on college applications for your teen, but it also can teach them a lot about responsibility, commitment, and help them build confidence.

Join a Club

Did you know that many libraries host certain clubs, such as book clubs for seniors or weekly/monthly language tables? Check your library’s front desk or website to keep track of any clubs you would be interested in joining. Don’t see any that spark your fancy? Speak with the library and try to start your own based on what you love- perhaps a vegan club!

Do you go to your local library often? What can you do there besides check-out books? Got more to add to the list of things to do at a library besides checking out books? Let me know in the comments below.

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Gabriella Anaya

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