A favorite Christmas song of mine, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, always provides a deep feeling of love. The lyrics tell us that the feelings of Christmas are always with us, even if we are not present with loved ones.
Have you seen the cute “Little Free Library Neighborhoods”? They are so great! Here is their motto on why they exist:
“To promote literacy and the love of reading by building a free book exchange worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity, and wisdom across generations. There are nearly 40,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing millions of book annually.”
Don’t you wish you had thought of this idea? I sure do! But even though I didn’t think of it, I am sure glad my family and I can enjoy its ramifications.
Well, if you haven’t heard of them, seen them or used these pretty little things, I want to tell you about them. They look like a little house for books. They are a bit bigger than a birdhouse and have a window that is a door that you can open to take and return books. They can be placed almost anywhere as long as you have the okay. Once you find the location, you must have a steward or caretaker- someone who makes sure it is always in working condition.
You can build one yourself, have someone else build it or buy one online from Little Free Library, Ltd. Just be sure if you don’t buy it online, that you make sure you register it. Then let others know about it and add your Library to the world map.
If you are not interested in making your own but would like to see what the hoopla is all about, you can search for one near you online at www.littlefreelibrary.org.
Now, how do they work exactly? Well, if you see a Little Free Library you can add books or pick a few to read. Books also do not have to be returned to the exact same library. The idea is you keep the libraries full and in use to keep reading alive!!!
Looking for easy ways to sneak in a short reading activity? Here are some quick tips you can easily incorporate to help nurture a successful reader.
Listening is a treasured skill and can often be a forgotten skill if not practiced. Teaching children to listen and creating times when active listening happens can really help a reader’s mind grow.
Sometimes your kids would rather be outside, right? And, sometimes, so would you! There are lots of fun ways to bring reading to the outdoors.
One easy way is to create a reading space outside. Maybe it’s just a quilt and a couple pillows, or a lawn chair where you can kick back and relax. What about just laying out a beach towel, throwing up a tent or even finding a good tree to read in its shade? Any of these ideas would entice a child to bring a good book outdoors and enhance reading enjoyment.