National Library Lovers Month: For the Love of Reading!

By Amelia Bowles
People sitting on bean bag chairs reading in a library

For all of the little readers out there, they may be thrilled to know that February is National Library Lovers Month, but you may not know how to help them celebrate. Fortunately, Gainesville has much to offer for those who love to read. So, without further ado, here are 5 ways to help your kids participate in National Library Lovers Month!

Attend District Library Events

The Alachua County Library District offers events for children of all ages, including story times for younger children, book discussions for teens and crafts! You can learn which events are being held by visiting the district calendar.

Support Dolly Parton’s Book Library

Gainesville Thrives has partnered with Dolly Parton’s Book Library to provide the Gainesville community with books for children ages 0-4, monthly. This program is free of charge to the families receiving the books and is funded by donations. If you’d like to register to receive books or give the gift of books to a family in Gainesville, you can do so by visiting the Gainesville Thrives website.

Visit a Nearby Little Free Library

If your child has books that they have outgrown, consider taking them to a Little Free Library in Gainesville! You can use this map to find one. Your child can donate their books to the library and find something new to enjoy!

Write a Story

If your kids love reading, there’s a good chance that they have amazing imaginations. And what better way to use that imagination than to write a story of their own? And though some of them may feel that they are too young to write a book, age is no matter! According to the Guinness World Records, the youngest person to write a book is Saeed Rashed AlMheiri from Abu Dhabi, UAE. Saeed was only four years old! The book sold over 1,000 copies when Saeed received his record. So, sit down with your child and ask them if they want to tell a story. Creating and writing can be so satisfying, especially when your child has something to show their family, friends and teachers!

Show Your Librarian Some Love

Consider helping your child to do something nice for their school or neighborhood librarian this month. Your child can write a story about or for their librarian, give them a gift card to their favorite coffee shop, help organize a time that their class could make cards for the librarian or make them a pretty bookmark with construction paper, string or beads.

Whatever you do, know that getting your kids excited about reading is one of the best gifts that you can give them. Whether they are reading, writing or using their love for libraries to make someone’s day a little extra special, your children will have a wonderful time celebrating National Library Lovers Month this February.

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