At the young age of 19 months, Gavin received his learners permit! Yup, I’m a proud Mom. I have taught him the value and importance of his learners permit – an impressive milestone in his childhood. He will use his permit to travel to unknown destinations and immerse himself in worlds that only his permit can give him access to…
All while never stepping foot behind the wheel of a car!
No, Gavin’s learners permit does not give him permission to drive. It gives him access to learning. You might also know it by another name – a Library Card!
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. I invite you to celebrate with me and Gavin. Hurry down to your Town’s Library to get a card for your baby or toddler today! Note: Some libraries may only allow a child to take out a card if they can sign their own name. If that’s the case, just be sure to sign-up for a library card in your name instead!
A library card has so many benefits, many of which I had forgotten about. With a library card, you can have access to magazines, newspapers, videos, books and more. You can even borrow puzzles and games! The best part – it’s all free!
Most libraries have a separate section dedicated to children, creating a fun learning environment for even the youngest child. At our local library, there are learning toys on the tables and fun pictures and decorations on the walls. Gavin LOVES wandering around and pulling books off the shelves to look through.
Among the books we borrowed during our first visit to the library was a Thomas the Train magazine! I didn’t even know there was a magazine dedicated to Thomas the Train, but now I can borrow it every month without having to pay for a subscription.
A trip to the Library is an easy, free and fun family activity. We like being able to sit and read books with Gavin to see if they hold his attention before we bring them home. Our library even had a full event schedule for the summer including book readings and musicians. But best of all, the Library holds an unlimited supply of books for Gavin to enjoy, so I know when he gets bored with his favorites at home, a trip to the Library is in order! Yep, you read it right, I said unlimited supply. My library is connected to a network of other libraries, so if they don’t have a book we want to read, I’m sure to find it available at another library and can have it sent to right to mine!
So be sure to celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month and take out a free library card today! (PS: Library cards aren’t just for kids! Some libraries also rent digital books. So if you love your Kindle, Nook or other e-reader, you might find a good book to borrow too!)
Now that you’ve got your library card in hand, let us know what your child’s favorite books are by commenting below!