Fantastic Library Finds For Families

Go way beyond books and discover all that your public library has to offer


What is your earliest memory of the public library? Getting your very first library card? Choosing a stack of books to take home? Listening, legs crossed, to storytime?

Libraries are community hubs, and they are so much more than just books and computers. They are wonderful places for families to be familiar with. If you haven’t been to your library lately, now’s the time to get acquainted!

Prenatal Library Finds

Your public library is a great source for authoritative, well-written information on all sorts of pregnancy-related topics. The shelves are well-stocked with pregnancy, childbirth, prenatal nutrition and wellness books, baby name guides and DIY manuals for creating sweet nurseries and cute custom onesies. You might also find DVDs on prenatal fitness and yoga, and CDs on meditation and Hypnobirthing. If magazines are your thing, you’ll probably find a subscription or two on pregnancy and parenting as well – some libraries even offer free magazine apps!

Bring Along Baby

Once your baby arrives, visit the library to borrow expert-authored books on topics like infant care, breastfeeding, starting solids (look for baby- and family-friendly cookbooks, too), and the holy grail of all baby-related subjects: sleep! And many parents have picked up sanity-saving skills by watching the DVD version of The Happiest Baby on the Block. Take time to read up on health topics for yourself too, such as postnatal fitness, adjusting to parenthood, and postpartum depression. There are many excellent “mom-moirs” out there – dig into one and take heart knowing you’re not the only one who has endured the ups and downs of early motherhood. There’s also a growing number of books written for expectant and new dads.

Babies are never too early to be read to, so borrow lots of sturdy board books and read them whenever and wherever. Finding your repertoire of soothing songs is a little rusty? Your library probably carries a good selection of lullaby CDs. And if you’re feeling up to getting out of the house, many libraries also offer song and rhyme programs for the tiniest of patrons.

Kids And The Library

As your baby grows, so do the opportunities for using your library. The kids’ section is a wonderful place to spend an hour just browsing and reading, with a huge variety of materials for children of all ages. There’s likely to be a great selection of children’s music on CD, and kid-friendly DVDs of TV shows and movies are also available (and often come with a French-language track, which is a bonus for bilingual families). Contrary to what stereotypes of libraries say, kids are welcome to be kids at the library – everyone knows they make noise!

Libraries offer tons of programs for children of all ages, some that are geared for parent and child to do together, while others encourage independence in the child. And of course many libraries run family story hours in addition to age-based ones. By the time kids are in elementary school, they may be able to participate in library-run camps during the school holidays, and teen reading clubs have soared in popularity over the last few years.

However old your kids are, it’s never too early or too late to start making the library a part of your life. Promote literacy and a love of learning, save money, and make some memories with your kids at your public library!

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