Let’s use our libraries…

imageSo one of Zachy and mines new weekly trips is to our local library in Hayes. As well as lending books, audio etc they also run a lovely bumps and babies group on a Tuesday which is a great way to meet other parents and have a break from the norm. Plus chatterbooks, stay’n’play and books aloud groups. (See their website link above for more info)
It’s a gorgeous building set in some nice green gardens with tennis courts where we have been for an Easter egg hunt ran by our local West Wickham NCT group and his preschool have been for a teddy bears picnic.
As a lot of us know our libraries are under threat and it’s a very much use them or loose them philosophy that we need to adopt. As many of Zachys friends have gone off to ‘big school’ this September he feels a little left behind, to be honest he would be ready for an Easter intake if they still did that these days so I felt he needed some extra stimulation. We have decided to visit our library every Thursday after preschool as it’s on our way home and get out two books of his choice (with a little guidance :)) This has many benefits including giving him some control, some fresh reading and amongst others saves our already overflowing bookshelfs which consists of lots of peppa, Thomas, mr men and until recently ‘that’s not my’ books of which the latter have moved next door to Flo’s room although still walk back!

We took an easy and reliable Peppa Pig book the first week. Just this last week, one stage 1 reading book – ‘the sad princess’ which encourages reading with short sentences and short words and another ‘the magic porridge pot’ (my fav as it turns out!) which is for children who can read basic sentences.
Another exciting part for Zachary, as if picking books isn’t enough, is taking it to the counter with his special card and having a chat with our super friendly librarians 🙂

I’m really looking forward to continuing this with Zachy as I always found visiting my library as a child super exciting!
Do you have any recommendations for this stage of learning as it’s all new to us? 🙂

Also just to note I didn’t feel the need to ask is it wine o’clock yet after our library visit 😉

6 thoughts on “Let’s use our libraries…

  1. Ah, this sounds lovely! My daughter and I have enjoyed our library visits since she was a toddler -she’s just started school. I’ve been reading chapter books to her at bedtime for a few months now, which she’s really enjoying and it opens a whole new world of book options up for her at the library and Waterstones! My son’s just turned 2 and just sees the library as a play area! He does like books at home, though, so I’m planning to take it for short visits and I’ll select a couple of new ones for him each week to get him reading different stories, though of course he’s just inherited a lot of his sister’s old books! Love library visits, though, and I have happy childhood memories of them, too.

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    • I hadn’t thought of chapter books yet for Z but I guess if we sat down during the day together (when I’m not at work) or had an earlier start to bedtime that would be a good move. – Thanks for that 🙂

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  2. We love our local library too here in Cardiff.
    They have a lovely children’s section and if we have time to spare, we will sit and read a few books while we are there and then take home some books – they can have up to 10 each… we do a lot if reading in our house! I have such fond memories of going to a library as a child, it’s brilliant to be able to do it with my own children now. X

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