Post # 1
Hi Bees! I have to confess that I haven’t been back here since I’ve been married but I have a question for moms and I don’t know that many moms yet! 🙂
This summer I have an internship at a local library and am visiting parenting groups to promote the library. I know why parents and children visit the library but–
What are some reasons why you do NOT visit the library?
Is it because it is a time constraint? Not enough children’s programs? Is the environment too forbidding?
Post # 3
@CMSnails: Excited to see responses. I am working on my Library master’s.
Post # 4
My baby isn’t born yet…six more months to go! But I thought I would respond…I LOVE the library. I get all my books there (including the pregnancy and birth books). I plan on buying very few baby books and taking our little one to the library weekly to get new books. I also plan to attend story times and such when they’re older.
If you have a good local library, they can be such a fabulous, FREE resource!
Post # 5
I always loved visiting the library and going through all the books. To be honest after college I haven’t really visited due to time constraints.
My grandma asked for opinions on what to do with my little cousin to keep her occupied while babysitting this summer and I of course recommended the library. Apparently that didn’t go over with my cousin (10 years old)…very sad. 🙁
Post # 6
library = studying
that’s why. (although I don’t have children, but that’s proably the last place I’d want to take them
Post # 7
Honestly I am terrible at returnign books. I also prefer to keep my own library. So there is nothing that the library can offer me.
Post # 8
I loved the library and would take my nephew there pretty often, till I got an iPad. Tons more selection, I can re-read or read slow, and nothing is ever all checked out. Plus with local budget cuts, my nearest library is way on the other side of town. And I don’t end up owing $$ when I forget to return stuff or lose it.
Post # 9
I loved the library growing up (still visit weekly)- I come from a family of readers. I was surprised to hear my 2 year old niece hadn’t visited a library yet – it seems they were worried about her behavior being disruptive or trying to claim all the books. But she gets plenty of books in her life 🙂
I know for a lot of single parents who might not have access to their own books its simply lack of, or time constraints of, public transportation. I’ve heard of Imagination Library with Dolly Parton that mails age appropriate books – very cool.
Post # 10
I LOVED going to the library as a kid. I stopped when we moved when I was 12, and the closest library was no longer a bike ride away.
Post # 11
I don’t visit is because I work there 🙂 but seriously, I think that a lot of parents don’t realize how much the library has evolved with the times. At least in the system I work for we try to maintain a much more retail environment, aren’t always shushing people, providing tons of programs, and are trying to be more of a community center.
Post # 12
I don’t go because if I borrow the books, I can’t keep them forever and keep rereading my favorites. I love being able to be reminded of a book, run to my bookshelf, and read the applicable passage immediately. I love being able to dog-ear the pages and write notes in my books. I love being able to just kind of pet them sometimes when I walk by.
…In other words, I love books, and I’m a jealous b**** who doesn’t share well with others.
Post # 13
I work in both a public library and a school library, in two very different towns, and I think it’s a bit of what the patron’s perception is, and what the library actually offers.
I agree with @MrsDibs, I feel like a lot of people have NO IDEA what the library can do for you these days. Sometimes I feel like the teens in my town have zero-idea that I am so desperate for them to come to my programs that I would host ANYTHING they wanted to do.
Post # 14
I LOVE the library! Our local library has a pretty extensive mums/bubs program and I can’t wait until our baby arrives so we can start going to some of the different programs. They also have a super welcoming environment with bright coloured foam blocks to rest babies on, colourful rugs, and fun mobiles hanging from the ceiling in the children’s area. It is a lovely environment for children.
I would guess though that the main reasons why people don’t go to the library are either from a lack of knowledge of what programs are there, or difficulty getting to the library. I know before I randomly wandered into our local library, I had no idea they had so many mums/bubs groups for all different age groups of kids. Maybe if there were flyers in local doctors offices, at maternity hospitals, community health clinics etc, more parents would realise what all the library can offer.
Oh, I live in Australia so I have no idea what American libraries have to offer so not sure my answer is exactly relevant.
Post # 15
The library in town is open limited hours. Also the books are old. For kids it doesn’t matter as much, but I don’t bother with the adult section because they never have the new releases by popular authors. When they do, there is a 12 person deep waiting list.
We happened to go today and I was surprised in the children’s room just how old the books were. Copies I swear I took out 25 years ago. The puzzles and toys they have for the kids seem a little blah and not in the greatest condition.
Post # 16
My library doesn’t have much selection :/ I bring my kid to the kid center, that’s pretty fun, but for me the adult section is pretty bad. Everything I want to borrow is either not even an option because they don’t carry it or it has already been checked out and about 10 people have put a reserve on it ahead of me. Lame.
ETA: I DO go there to study, though! If I need to get away from my house, I used to head there with my books to study and finish homework because it was much quieter than my house haha.