I took Amelia to the library for the first time last summer. It was like a candy store to her. She wanted all of the books. We would spend some time just reading on the library floor. After she was tired of being quiet we would pick our stack of books and head home. At the time, we lived within walking distance of Target and the library. Of course, we'd make a fun trip out of it. Seriously, those are some of my favorite memories with that sweet girl. Along with actually going to the library with her, so many of our sweet moments spent together are under a blanket on the couch reading those stacks of books from our trip.
Now that Amelia is older, we have been attending a story time at the same library. The group time is only forty minutes long. They do songs, bubbles, a few books, and toys with other two year olds. I enjoy watching her interact with other kids, she gets to practice all those manners and good behavior that she's learning, and I even get to meet some new mom-people. Mind you, conversation doesn't go beyond where I got my baby carrier and how far apart the girls are. But that's another blog post for another day.
After Amelia enjoys the story time, we pick out a bag full of books. I choose some, she chooses some. I usually scan the ones she finds just in case. Trust me, we've had some weird children books come through our home over the last year and a half. We try to go to the library on a weekly basis!
The days following a trip to the library are so wonderful. Because Amelia is a bookworm, she will pour over those books for hours throughout the week. I'm not even kidding. The more I get to know this girl, I'm discovering that she is a total introvert. Just like her daddy. After quite a few minutes of flipping pages and making up her own stories, Amelia is calm, sweet and ready for more two year old craziness. And let's be honest, I don't always mind sitting on the couch with a cup of coffee, just watching her with these books. It's a win-win for all of us, really.
Do you like to attend the library with your children? What kind of activities does your library offer? Do you have any good book recommendations?