September is Library Card Sign Up Month and the elementary schools in my district are partnering with our local public library to host A Night at the Library for each elementary school. Our night was Tuesday, September 8 and it was a big success. Despite a rainy afternoon, we had several families come out.
There was a guided tour of the children's department, a raffle to win a goodie bag, opportunities to sign up for a library card, and time to explore and have fun with friends and family. We had several families who got their first library card and checked out books. It was great to see students of all ages bonding over their love of reading, tinkering with gears and puzzles in the play area, or exploring educational games on the computer.
One of my goals this year is to do a better job at promoting activities hosted at our local library. There's a LEGO group, chess, bedtime stories, puppet shows, and much more. Plus, my students were excited to learn they weren't limited to checking out just 2 books at a time like they are at school. At our local library, the limit is 50! And they were excited to learn that it's not just books that can be checked out, but also DVDs, books on tapes, and even ukuleles.
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