We decided that every Monday morning (and probably other random days during the week as well) would be a great time to go to the library with some of the kids' cousins. Plus, as a bonus, I get some adult interaction, too! It really worked out perfectly today since we are experiencing less-than-summer-like weather, and I was not about to spend another day stuck in the house.
I have very distinct memories from my childhood of visiting the library, especially during the summer. We always joined the summer reading programs, went to different events and activities, made crafts, etc. The library is a resource that I would be so lost without! Our public library has the cutest children's area, with little chairs, blocks and toys to entertain the very little ones, puzzles, and even a giant Lite Brite! (That was a hit today!)
We signed up for the summer reading program at our library last week and check out about 10 books every visit. I let Leo pick some for himself (usually just a random grab from the shelf) and I always try to incorporate old favorites of mine for him! I also pick a few board books that Xander can look at without destroying. We usually go through those 10 books in about a day or two. These boys love to have books read to them, and Leo has even started "reading" to himself, which is just the sweetest thing ever!
I have been a part of a book club for the past several years thanks to my friend Holly, and it has reignited my love for reading! Most of the time, though, I am listening to audiobooks because lets be real---I don't have much time to sit and read an actual physical book these days. But, regardless, stories are being heard rather than just shows being watched, and the actual book club meeting part is such a refreshing night out/in with good friends, food and drink! If you aren't a part of one, you should definitely look into joining or even starting your own book club. It is so much more than just books!
Reading and visiting the library is one habit that I hope to continue, and that I hope my boys continue to enjoy and explore throughout their lives!