Spring Break at the Library
Are you starting to get a little bored with this Spring Break? There are plenty of fun things to do at the library! Here are some ideas, using current and vintage photos.
Before you go, see if there’s an interesting library program going on when you’ll be there. If you forget, ask a staff member when you get there.
After that, play at the train table, build with Duplo bricks, make an imaginary meal in the play kitchen, play on the computers or with the two tablets, do puzzles, or play old-school checkers.
Try the activities at the Imagination Hub. Right now there are five interesting things to do together. Something new every week!
Pick a book and cozy up to read it together!
Take time to pick out some books and other things to check out and take home. There are movies, STEM Games, board games, audiobooks, music CDs, magazines, and Playaway Views. You might even want to check out a bag to carry them in. ‘Bringing the library home’ will help the rest of your Spring Break be more fun! Ask, if you want help finding something. Staff members are friendly and know where things are. The Library shares collections with more than 100 libraries in Indiana, so if we don’t have something you want, we can probably borrow it for you to pick up here!
If you have extra time, ask for a piece of scrap paper and a pencil, then make a nice doodle. Bring it to the desk in the Children’s Room so we can see it.
Before you leave, pick up a Mystery Bag and do some STEM together (or take it home to do.) Ask at the Children’s Room desk for a mysterious paper bag with a STEM related challenge card and the materials needed to complete it. Work together to figure out the answer to the challenge. For example, from binder clips and crafts sticks, a tower or building might emerge! They are available until 3-31 any time the library is open.
Finally, take a peek into the Little Free Library just outside the library on Simmons Street, then find and visit some of the library’s other Little Free Libraries. On this map, scroll down and zoom in to see the where they are. Finding Little Free Libraries is a good excuse for a nice long walk or bike ride. What’s a Little Free Library? Small boxes where you can take a book and/or leave a book. There are quite a few scattered around Plainfield in handy places; we work with local organizations to add more and keep them fresh and full. All LFL books are free – if you find one you like, it’s yours.
Here are a few scavenger hunt type ideas:
See if you can find the giant monkey in the Children’s Room. (Hint – you will see it through glass and wearing a royal crown.) This way, when someone asks what you did on your Spring Break, you can say you searched for a giant monkey named Leonardo Fragonard.
If you see these people, ask them what they are doing in this picture. 🙂
Walk around the Children’s Room and see how many times you can see the library’s book logo.
See if you can spot the library Director Montie Manning! Clue; He won’t be sitting down looking at a book.