Getting the most out of your public library over Spring Break

Are you (involuntarily) taking a staycation this Spring Break and worried about what to do with the kids? 

There’s one place you can go that has fun for all ages—your local library. And it’s free! Here are just a few things your library might offer:

Story time: These classes feature age-specific stories, simple songs and finger play. Some also have free-play time, which is great to interact with other parents. 

Kids’ play area: Most libraries have an area for little ones. Some have puzzles, toys, puppets or blocks; others are quite extensive with climbing structures and kitchen sets. 

Board games: There often are tables around the youth services area to play games, such as checkers or chess. You may even find another child looking for an opponent.

Computers: Wish you could Photoshop a picture? No need to buy the software. Libraries have an assortment of specialty software on their computers, such as Photoshop, iMovie and Publisher.

Digital Studio: If you’re like me, you might have VHS tapes of family movies sitting in boxes. Chances are, your library (or one nearby) has a studio where you can convert your tapes, photo negatives and vinyl records to digital files.

Classes: Check out your library’s website or newsletter to find out what classes are offered. (A couple of years ago, I took a class on how to do my own makeup.)

Performances: Many libraries host free performances, including concerts, magicians and wild animal shows.

Museum passes: Many have passes for free or discounted entry to museums through Museum Adventure Pass. They are on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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