Did you realize that this past week was National Library Week? Living in the electronic age, have libraries become obsolete? Are they less used than they once were. But, as I peruse the library website that services Phoenix, I can see that libraries are still current and are keeping up with the times. They have so many online services and extra benefits for patrons to use, all for the price of $0! So, in honor of National Library Week, and because we are all book lovers who have been library users from our youth, today's Friday Fave #57 is all about libraries!
When my own children were young, I would take them to the Phoenix library, especially during the summer, when school was out. During the school year they could use the school library, and I didn't want to mix up which books went to which library. Of course, if they needed something special that the school didn't have, we would go to the city library. But, during the summer, it was always great to keep the kids reading and to participate in our library's summer reading program. They won little prizes until finally at the end they could win Diamondback Baseball Game tickets after reading a certain number of books! Once, I took them to hear a cowboy tell stories at the library and he actually brought in his real horse wearing a diaper! My children were fascinated!
So, given these experiences over the years with my kids, I polled my girls to find out what they love and remember about the library:
I love when libraries are partnered with Libby and I can check out audio books from home
I also enjoy aimlessly wandering the aisles and finding books I've never heard of, to read."
If you haven't heard of Libby, it is a free app that lets you check out audio books onto your phone or mobile device for free! Here is the link to find out about it.
Alicia also says it is awesome to be able to check out movies from the library. We used to do that a lot in the summer when my kids were young. It was a great way to stay indoors and be cool in our hot AZ summers! Alicia remembers, "That’s how I watched the Ramona movies!"
I was amazed about the seed library when Madalynn told me about it. I am excited to check that out! I just learned that our library (Cholla Branch) has a craft night that is totally free on Tuesday Nights! There are e-classes offered and special speakers.
The culture passes Maddy spoke of are an awesome way to get free passes to museums and other attractions around the city. You have to be quick though, because they go fast!
We will leave you with a quote from Albert Einstein.