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Feb 09th

The public library-A great place for students to camp out

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booksIt seems unbelievable that we have only about a month of summer vacation left! Where has the time gone? If you have kids, you may already be dreaming of the day when they are back in school, rather than being home and complaining about boredom. If all of the scheduled summer camps are over and you are nearly out of ideas for keeping your young ones out of trouble and mentally stimulated, check out all of the wonderful, free offerings at your local library.

Cool Book Clubs: Throughout the entire year, the Hennepin county library system has book clubs available for all ages and all interests; Kids Book Club, Kids Jr. Book Clubs, Teen-Only Clubs, Girls-Only Clubs, etc. For instance, your son, in the 4th through 6th grade can join the Guys Read Books Club and discuss preselected books which capture the interest of boys in his age group. The same options are, of course, available for your girls. This is an excellent way to build their reading and communication skills.

Cool Storytimes: In addition to Baby and Toddler Storytime, there is also Family Storytime, which includes music and movement and World Language Storytime, where different languages are spoken. One of the best things we can do is to help foster a love of reading at an early age. Visit your local library for details on times and locations or visit online at

Cool Contests: Read Write Draw is a contest going on through August 21 and it’s for kids from kindergarten through high school. They read a book and create a short review. Each review gives the child a chance to win a free book, as well as help other kids find out about interesting books. Sounds like fun, right?

Cool Tutoring: Did you know that during the school year, there are free tutors at the library? You don’t even need an appointment. In addition, there is online tutoring available at the library or from your home. Visit your local library or go online to receive more information and a demonstration.

Have I convinced you that your local library is the place to be for the rest of the summer (and throughout the school year)? I hope so! Get yourself and your children plugged into the beneficial and free services that are available to you. Our kids’ brains should not go on summer vacation, so make sure that the rest of the summer is spent sharpening their reading and math skills. Your child will feel more confident and look forward to having a great school year. Enjoy!

Marcia Humphrey is an interior decorator and home stager who specializes in achieving high style at low costs. A native of Michigan, she and her husband, Lonnie, have three children.


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