The public library is a really great place to enjoy free benefits of education, socialization, relaxation and recreation. You’d be surprised at the free activities provided by some of the nation’s public libraries! Phone your local library and ask for a tour. You can also ask how to keep in touch with all the activities they offer. It may be as easy as checking their website or they may have pamphlets to hand out.
Here are some of the fun things we discovered happening at a variety of different libraries. See what’s in your area! You and your loved one could both benefit from partaking in some of these free events and offerings.
- Story time for young children, where a volunteer reads a book while young people put on a puppet show to illustrate the story. Your loved one could participate by reading a story.
- Movie night once a week. All you have to do is bring yourself and your own treat, if allowed. Some libraries even supply a small treat to be eaten after the movie.
- Homework help for kids during the school year.
- Teaching English as a second language classes. These courses need volunteers who are willing to come in and have conversations with the students who are learning English. This is perfect for both the students and the seniors because the student needs an English speaking person to talk with and the seniors usually love to talk and have someone to talk to who will listen and answer back. It’s a perfect match!
- Special art classes.
- Special speakers from the community speaking on interesting topics.
- Game day where everyone can come in and bring their favorite game and play with other library patrons.
- Learn how to…activities. It may be a lesson on how to juggle, how to make a whale from homemade clay, how to pack healthy school lunches or how to learn a new language.
- Family fun time. These are activities to interest people of all ages and can be done as a family. It might include scrapbooking, journal writing, how to trace your family tree and so on.
Libraries are about much more than just books. For those who love books but struggle with reading, there are books on disc. You can follow along in the book while playing the disc that is a recording of someone reading the book. You can also check out books with extra-large print. See what else your library has to offer! You or your loved one’s in-home care provider could make a regular habit of bringing your loved one to the library for an activity, to check out a book or movie, or simply to socialize.
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