Happy New Year! It's time to make those pesky, little, unrealistic resolutions that we take oh-so-seriously for about four or five days until either the baby gets sick or the car breaks down or whatever unforeseen circumstance pops up.
But someway, somehow we manage to get by day-by-day, year after year.
After speaking with our Youth Room families, I have discovered that many parents decide to set goals or resolutions that involve the library.
They understand the importance of helping facilitate a life-long love of reading for their child. Therefore, regular library visits become a part of their family routine. But it often becomes more than that.
The library can become a "sanity-saver" for parents.
For example, it can be the perfect solution on rainy Saturdays when older kids need time away from electronic gadgets.
And our Family Place play area for children age 6 and younger can provide a child with "new-to-me" educational toys, and a unique social opportunity to interact with other young children in a safe, clean, family friendly environment.
Last but not least, moms often connect with other moms and make new friends too!
Below is a list of more great reasons why visiting the library regularly should be one of your family's New Year's Resolutions. Whether you're looking for educational enrichment, or just a chance to get out of the house, you and your children are welcome.
Top Reasons to visit the Youth Room
1. Meet other children and caregivers.
2. Spend some time in our fun-filled Family Place play area.
3. Talk to Weezy, our library pet guinea pig. He's adopted from the Humane Society
4. Play a board game. Twister is a favorite.
5. Complete a puzzle. There's plenty of space to work on a huge floor puzzle.
6. Check out a DVD.
7. Take a look at our BIGBOOKS.
8. Check out an audio book.
9. Explore our literacy kits with developmentally appropriate materials.
10. Hop on a computer and surf the web.
11. Find a great book.
12. Get some work done. We have plenty of tables and chairs.
13. Bring your own device and hop on our WiFi.
14. Browse our collection of children's flip-through e-books.
15. Participate in a program - story time, movie matinees and more.
17. Try a book from the Braille and Large Print selection.
18. Browse the magazine rack for the latest in kid's news.
19. Check out our CD recordings.
20. Last but not least, get out of the house!
Please visit or call the library Youth Room 946-0417 with any questions.
Adrienne Brown is the Children's Services Supervisor at the Altoona Area Public Library. She lives in Altoona with her husband, Christopher, and their two dogs.