A great way to get free books and free activities for your kids this summer is to check out the summer reading program at your local library. (Yes, I have a master’s degree in library/information science, so libraries are near and dear to my heart! In fact, I worked in a library up until about a year ago when I quit my job to stay at home full time with my son.)
Almost all libraries in the United States offer some type of FREE summer reading program for kids of all ages – from birth through teens. The programs are different for different age groups, and they all ROCK! My son wasn’t even a year old during last year’s summer reading program, and we had a blast. We read 20 books together last summer! He won a free book, a free t-shirt, and a free toy. Not to mention he got several free food / drink coupons for local restaurants! There are lots of great FREE activities for the kids at libraries during the summer too. Everything from musical programs, to puppet shows, to free movies.
Of course, you will hear of other corporate sponsored summer reading programs, and those are great too. But in my opinion, it is hard to beat the wonderful programming and summer reading resources available right in your own backyard at your local library. So stop by today, or give your local library a call. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the great things they have to offer your family this summer! And you will never regret giving your children a head start through reading!