Friday, April 8, 2016

Library with Toy Section

My kids suddenly love going to our local libraries. My 4 and 5 year old really, really love it! You'd think it's all the reading and educational programs, but no!

Here they are now:

Playtime in full swing!

As you can see, there isn't one book in either of their hands. They have discovered the play area that now comes standard in the middle of our children's libraries. At first, I wasn't thrilled about this change.

To me, it was similar to when Barnes and Nobles added a huge retail section to the middle of their children's book section. Part of me felt they were focusing on toys and not books, sales and not reading. Now, the library doesn't actually sell or loan toys, they've just incorporated them into the library experience.

I must say the concept is growing on me. It's a time to play with others and associate the library with fun. Plus, we never leave the library without picking books to take home and read, read, read. We've embraced the toytime expectation that now comes with a trip to the library.

What do you think about the library evolving into a "playplace" too?

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