I grew up going to my hometown's library and participating in "Story Time" as a child, and I have continued the tradition with my children. I started taking LP to the library when he was just a couple of months old and MP's first trip to the library was at age Day 6. We are so lucky to have such a great library just 15 miles away. If you live in North Iowa or travel through, I encourage you all to visit the Hampton Public Library. This Carnegie Library offers a wide variety of services for all ages, including these fun and unique things: book clubs, public computers (including a bilingual AWE computer), interlibrary exchange program (they'll borrow a book, movie, etc. from another library for you if they don't have it), eBooks, youth drama club and LP's favorite - children's "Story Time" (which is held on Tuesday nights and Wednesday mornings).
|LP standing outside of the library this summer|
with a prize he got during the Summer Reading Program
Library Fun Fact: In a recent study of which states
have the highest attendance at children's programming,
Iowa was among the top five.
#1 Wyoming, #2 Vermont, #3 Iowa, #4 Idaho, and #5 Indiana.
Story Time is an opportunity for my kids to read books, sing songs, make crafts, make friends, etc. It also gives me a time to build relationships with other parents with children close to my children's ages. If you are from the Franklin County, Iowa area, be sure to check out Story Time, it starts up October 1st and 2nd.
|LP playing with the train set in the children's library|
To conclude today, if you're looking for some books to read, here are MP, LP and my top picks from this summer:
|LP's Top Pick: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site|
MP's Top Pick: Counting Kisses
My Top Pick: The Duck Commander Family
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker
This is a fun book for all truck lovers and that is why LP recommends it! The story goes through the construction site by showing several types of equipment trucks. One by one, each piece of equipment goes to rest so they can be ready for the next day. This book is a great bedtime story to help your busy toddler go to sleep.
Counting Kisses, by Karen Katz
MP recommends this book because she loves how LP, My Farmer and I count and kiss our way through it. Each number highlights a different area of the body to kiss. This is a great book for babies and siblings to do together, and is overall a great way for your kids to relax and unwind before bedtime.
The Duck Commander Family, by Willie & Korie Robertson
Calling all Duck Dynasty fans! If you enjoy watching Duck Dynasty you'll love learning more about the Robertson family. This book goes through the family's struggles and successes, all while showcasing the family's humor and faith. Also, it includes some family favorite recipes! If you haven't watched Duck Dynasty before I encourage you to sit down to this easy read. I guarantee you'll be intrigued about this family after the reading book and will become a fan before you know it.
Gotta go - we're off to the library!