It is National Library Week (April 14-20, 2013.) The Idaho Falls Public Library has been celebrating all month with contests, prizes and activities. They are holding an essay contest on 'why I love my library.' My children are sitting at the table busily writing their essays in hopes of winning a $25 gift certificate.
All of this is causing me to reflect on why I love the library.
Since moving to Idaho Falls we have been very involved in the library community. Oran, Skyler and I attended a children's class for "early readers." It was a six week class that we attended on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We heard stories, did art projects and got to bring home (and keep) books, CDs, and games that went along with things we had talked about in the class.
We've attended "parties" and "activities" as well as story time and free community classes.
Ryan and I had the privilege of completing the "Love and Logic" parenting classes at the library. We attended weekly classes for 6 weeks and really enjoyed the teachers as well as the things we were able to learn.
I feel that libraries are an essential public good. People need a place to go where they can learn, grow, develop new skills and have new experiences. It seems like prices of everything continues to climb. Admission to museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and theaters are sky rocketing. For a family of 7, like mine, the thought of buying so many tickets to an event or exhibit is painful.
Public libraries are free, non-commercial, gathering places that are open to everyone, regardless of income. People of all ages can gather together to use computers, read books, and attend classes. The library is where education continues after school ends. It's where
readers are grown from the time they are young and where doors are open
to welcome everyone.
If knowledge is power, than the library is a substation, buzzing with electricity, with the books just sitting on the shelves waiting to light up our minds.
I have been able to read countless books over the past year and a half. I love the ability I have to search the library catalog from the comfort of my own home and request books that I would like to read. It is so nice to see the books I have requested with my name on them, patiently waiting to be picked up.
Books are an expensive commodity, and if I had not been able to borrow books from the library, free of charge, there is no way that I could have fed my love for the written word over the course of my lifetime.
We have read several books together as a family. I love instilling in my children a love for books and feel a little thrill whenever they would rather read another chapter in our current story than watch a movie. Every story opens a window into a new world. We have enjoyed visiting all of these strange new places contained in the pages of the books found on the shelves at our local library.
We also have a love for the ever expanding DVD collection at the Idaho Falls public library. We can check out up to 10 movies a week, and if we bring them back on time, it is completely free of charge. That's way better than Redbox or Netfix!
Another reason I love the DVDs, although it's a bit of a love/hate relationship, is that they can only be checked out for a week and cannot be renewed from home (like other library materials.) This fact alone keeps us returning to the library at least once a week.
I love being on a first name basis with so many of the librarians. Yesterday "Miss Kim" greeted my children by name. It brought warmth to my heart knowing that my children felt important and welcomed at the library. Jamayla, another librarian, knows to expect us on Thursday afternoons and often sets aside a few books that she thinks my boys would enjoy.
Although Idaho Falls is not necessarily a small town, being involved at the library, for me, has given it more of a "small town" feel. Because of the library I feel involved in and connected to my community, and I love it!
I am a mother of five energetic little boys. They keep me very busy, but every day is a new adventure. It's fun to watch them learn and grow. Viewing the world through their eyes has helped me re-discover the joy of childhood.
It's hard to believe that we've already been married for ten years. Time goes by so quickly! We have both grown so much in that time. We are so happy and the best of friends.
Tate is "Monkey Number One" according to his Dad. He is 8 years old and our little thinker. Tate loves being in the GATE (gifted and talented education) program and enjoys cub scouts. He is a wonderful artist and loves to draw pictures and read the scriptures. He's a happy littler 3rd grader and we love having him at our house.
Canton is our second born. He has more energy than the rest of us put together. He loves to explore and discover the world around him. He is so funny! He has a great imagination and is constantly making us laugh with his ever developing since of humor. He's in 2nd grade. He's learning new things everyday and loves sharing his new knowledge with anyone who will listen. He loves to invent and is always sharing ideas for his next big invention.
Our third little boy is growing up so fast! He's 5 years old and in kindergarten. He love to read and draw pictures. He's always making "books." He likes to play video games and is a little obsessed with The Legand of Zelda and Super Mario Brothers. His brothers are his best friends and they have fun creating new adventures. We love him lots, he's such a fun boy!
Is our fourth little guy. He is so much fun! He had such a fun personality. Skyler is constantly making us laugh with the things that come out of his mouth! He loves his brothers and anxiously waits for them to return home from school each day. He likes watching "Caillou" and "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" on PBS. As long as he can watch his 2 shows everyday he's a happy camper. He likes helping and always asks if he can vacuum.
Five boys - oh my! Briar joined our family in December of 2012 . He is such a sweet little guy. We all think he is pretty neat and look forward to getting to know him better as we watch him learn and grow!