8 Reasons the Library is Fun for Kids and Free for Parents

I should’ve went to the library a long time ago when I started reading to my son. I wasted too much time trying to find children books for cheap. A single book at Ross could run up to $4 or more and that’s a little expensive for me to spend on a single book.

It took me longer than expected but I go the ‘aha’ moment when I passed by the library in my area. I passed by that building so many times that it never occurred to me that I need to stop and go in for FREE children books.

Duh Melanie.

I just crack myself up sometimes.

Anyway, I took the time to take my son to the library on a Saturday and it honestly made me feel old.

Can you remember the last time you visited the library?

It has been 15 years since I last stepped in a library and being there with my son definitely made me feel super old.

My son on the other hand was very excited to see books. I’m glad he was excited because I was tired of reading the same books every night. Not only that but he likes me read the same book read to him more than once.

I made him pick whatever book he wanted even if he doesn’t know what he’s looking at. For a 3 year old, he just selected whatever cover photo he liked.

If you’re like me who totally forgot about having a public library in the area, then you may need a friendly reminder about why the public library is awesome to visit with your kids.

I certainly needed a reminder.

8 Reasons the Library is Fun for Kids and Free for Parents

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There is an endless amount of books

I wished I remembered about this sooner. I hated trying to search for used books on Craigslist and I dread buying a new book. There are tons of books to borrow for free which is amazing. You can borrow as many books as you want and return them any time before the due date.

Free events for the kids

The first time we went to the library, there was some sort of Star Wars event going on. A display in the library had Star War toys, there were Storm Troopers taking photos and they were giving away free comic books. It was pretty awesome but I think I was more excited than my son who tried to push me out of the building. He was afraid of the Storm Troopers.

Free Wi-Fi

The library has free internet. It’s so funny when I think about this. Back when I went to the library, there was no such thing as Wi-Fi, but there were computers that we could sign up for to browse on the internet.

Movie rentals

I never realized how cheap it was renting movies at the library. If you don’t mind not being able to watch the newest movie that came out, then the library is definitely a place to check out.

Story time for kids

I want to take my son to Story time one day. It’s always on a day or time that I can’t make. I just want to see if he’s able to sit still and listen to a story with a bunch of other kids.

Computer classes

I thought this was something useful to take. My local library has computer classes at certain days of the week that anyone can sign up for. For something that is free, this is actually a great resource. The classes varies each day but it’s still a great learning tool.


If you don’t have a printer at home that has the capability to scan and print, the library is a great place to start. The only thing that I wasn’t sure about is if it costs something per print.

Free magazines and newspapers

The library has this free section available and the first thought that came to mind was ‘coupons’! I can never get enough coupons from Sunday papers. I have yet to browse through this section and I keep forgetting when I’m actually there. Do you think the library accepts donated magazines and newspaper? I get a lot every week and I feel like its a waste even if I dump it in a recycle bin.

Return your books on time

Borrowing books may be free but late fees are not. Don’t forget to return your books or anything else that was borrowed before the due date. I was a few days away from my due date and I received an email as a reminder. The email provided a list of all the books that I borrowed and even gave me the option to renew the books to return at a later date. It was so convenient for me I loved it!

Have you taken your kids to your local library yet?

Any good books to share with my son? I’m always on the lookout.


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Comments (2)

  1. I love free magazines from the library. My local branches are all online now so I can read personal finance magazines for free from my bedroom! Why isn’t everyone doing this!!! 🙂

    1. No way! I have to check it out and see if my library offers that as well. It would be awesome to read finance magazines at my own time. Thanks for sharing Lily!

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