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National Library Week: 5 Reasons to Visit Local Rock County WI Libraries

In honor of National Library Week (April 8-14th, 2018) I thought I’d share with you my top 5 reasons why I love our local libraries here in Rock Co.
1. It’s Free: Most of us think books when we think of the library but the library offers so much more than just books, FOR FREE! Libraries have moved with the times and these days it is so easy to reap the benefits of having a library card. Thanks to the Arrowhead Library System (which serves most of Rock Co.) recent partnership with ‘Share’ you can now search for book availability and manage your checkouts/holds/fees right from your phone with the BookMyne app. It gets better; you can even download ebooks, movies, music, and audiobooks at the click of a button using the hoopla app…FOR FREE!
2. Kid Friendly: I didn’t take my oldest daughter to the library until she was 3! There was no way I was taking my loud and wild child to the quiet library. I wish I had known how kid-friendly the library actually was. The library offers kid-friendly spaces that include toys, coloring/craft stations, and cute reading nooks. There are still “quiet zones” in the library, but overall it’s a great place for kids to engage with books/reading while still being themselves (wild and all). Have you visited the new children’s space at the Milton library? It is not only gorgeous, but my kids can spend hours & hours using their imaginations in the awesome play space they have.
3. Encouraging a Love for Books: Research shows that reading significantly supports brain development, especially in the first five years of life. Our local library participates in the “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” program which is a great way to make reading fun for the whole family. My oldest daughter completed her 1000 books and loved picking out her prizes each time we read 100 books. You can sign up at the library or you can download the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten app. Older kids can also participate in reading programs at the library. Our local library offers reading programs during school year breaks and summer break with fun incentives. We look forward to the summer reading programs every year.
4. Free Programs/Classes: Aside from reading programs, the library offers a variety of early literacy programs for ages 0-5 including story time, dance & play, baby lap sit, and so many more. Older kids can participate in groups after school geared toward their interests such as Legos, crafting, and poetry. Even adults can find a group of interest, the Adult Coloring Club would make a great monthly girls’ night out activity!
5. Teaching moments: Going to the library offers a great opportunity to teach your kids some valuable life lessons. In the library my kids are able to practice respect for the environment they are in by using their quiet voices where needed. Borrowing library books teaches them how to take care of things that do not belong to them. My oldest daughter (6 years) understands that it is her responsibility to take care of the books she checks out so that other kids in the community can enjoy them, too. As a stay-at-home mom I love that my toddler can learn socialization skills with other kids attending story time that he otherwise may not get to practice often.
Make some time to visit your local library next week. National Library Week is the perfect time to show appreciation for your local librarians. Help your kids make a thank you card, deliver some sweets, or just stop in to give a thanks and a smile.

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