Guest Author - Michelle Anne Cope
Spending a summer vacation day or two at the library is not a crazy idea. In fact, it can be a very cool idea.
Letís start with the cool factor, on the hottest of days, yes, most libraries have air conditioning. You can sit in a chair or table with your favorite book, graphic novel, or magazine.
Also, most libraries have WiFi, so you will also be able to read your ebooks, or check your favorite sites on your electronic devices. You could also sign-up to use one of the library computers. You might be thinking these are things you could do at home or at a friendís house. Youíre right, but sometimes, itís fun to be out of the house with people you know, and the possibility of meeting new people.
But what about the other fun and cool library stuff? Well, most libraries also have Summer Reading Clubs. This is a great time to catch up on some of your favorite books as well as new ones you would like to read ó not have to read. The clubs have membership categories from early toddlers to adults.
Summer Reading Clubs are also a good way to add project time to your community service list. You could help out with the club by keeping track of the books read by other club members and hand out prizes like pencils, folders, books, and even gift certificates to area businesses and events in your city. You might also want to suggest some of your favorite books for others to read, and ask the librarians if you could help with any other chores for the club.
Throughout the summer, libraries will also host other fun events like puzzle contests, craft classes such as making book marks or puppets, puppet shows, story times with teen readers, poetry contests, and board games.
If at some point during your summer break you decide you would like a summer job, the library is the best place to learn about creating a resume and looking for jobs in your area. They might also host classes about interviewing skills.
Be sure to check the bulletin boards and the check-in/check-out counters for posters, flyers and pamphlets for things you can do at the library and around your community.
I truly hope you take a day or two this summer and spend it at your local library. Make a post in our forum telling me about your day, or any other exciting activities and events your library may offer.
You can also ask a question in our Teen Site Forum or just stop by to say hi!
I wish you all a great week!