My friend Cheryl from On The Old Path started a new linky called Field Trip Fridays a few weeks ago. Since I don’t have a car during the day while Louis’ at work, my options are limited. Recently, however, I decided to take on the library.
I believe in looking for the silver linings.
Our library is tiny, and when the time comes to do research with the kids for school, we’ll have to make use of the inter-loan system. However, a small library means that when you’re 3 against 1, mom has the upper hand because the kids are confined to a single room. Ha!
A small library also means that it’s usually close to empty during the day (less people for the kids to bother = less mommy guilt about kids making noise) and the librarian always greets us by name, even if it’s been almost 2 months since we’ve been there. Sweet 🙂
One thing I don’t understand about our library is that they have a table of toys right beside the kids’ section. Yes, I know, toys are useful for library story-hour when you need to entertain a baby or toddler who can’t sit through the story. But for the rest of the time? It means that I can’t get my kids to look for books because they’re focused on the toys. I spent the whole walk over to the library talking to them about how we’re going to look for books and what books do you want, and reminding them that we are there to look for books! Not play; if you find a couple of books, then you can play for a few minutes.
We found a few books..and I actually got the kids away from the toys for a few minutes at a time (and even got them to look at books and give me input on ones I thought they might enjoy!) Practice makes perfect? It was still fun to get out, and the kids behaved fantastically!