“Having fun isn’t hard … when you have a library card!”
Cartoon aardvark Arthur was right, and the Plaza Library has become our go-to source for free fun.
Aside from the awesome kids area with shelves of books, fun floor toys, a telescope to view the city, a puppet theater, coloring sheets and crayons and carpet with huge dots to jump on (our favorite), the Plaza Library offers free programming throughout the week.
Story and music time for babies, toddlers and preschoolers take place on weekday mornings (schedule here). Not in the Plaza area? Baby, toddler and preschool programming – as well as reading clubs for older kids – are featured on the library’s kids website.
One of my favorite parts of our weekly library trips are stopping in the lobby coffee shop to cure the tired before choosing our next round of bedtime stories. The library also offers book clubs for the more motivated mamas out there. Me? I prefer to reserve my books online and have them waiting for me on the hold shelf so I can walk in and out without much effort.
Friday nights, though, are our favorite. Every week, the library offers some free family-oriented activity. Often, performers and activities from around the city that normally require planning ahead, reservations and ticket prices are offered at no cost. We’ve seen a show by Paul Mesner Puppets, Richard Renner’s Slapstick Circus, as well as an African drumming performance.
This spring’s highlights include performances by the Coterie Theater, Funky Mama singing, and the Reading Reptile’s Young Writers Contest celebration. The library events calendar is good about indicating what age groups the fun night is oriented toward, though I have found that most are appropriate for the whole family. RSVPs are encouraged online, but not required.