Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Local Library Dress-Up Event

Our local library hosted a costume/dress-up program for the kids last night. It was a 2-hr. long event with books being read in different rooms by very animated speakers (in costume, of course), a scavenger hunt, and various activities on every floor, in most of the rooms. There was also a cotton candy machine, and though the line was long, it was our first taste of it this summer, and well worth the wait. :)

Dressed up for the library event last night.
My son dressed up in a pirate costume and thoroughly enjoyed the craft tables and story rooms. Usually there are not a lot of people at our library, so I really didn't expect a big turn out. I was wrong, there were tons of people in attendance!! I guess a free activity night for the kiddos in the summer (in a safe environment) is always a good idea. :)

My daughter got into it a little bit too by painting around her eye. It turned out great (she even added a little glitter) but she didn't want me to post pictures... and so I shan't. ;)

The library is a great place to go for summer events and things to do. Our offers a reading program with prizes, movie days complete with popcorn and a drink, crafts, and a regularly scheduled story time. My 5-yr. old LOVES to go (even if there's nothing going on he wants to go), and I like to take him. :)

If you haven't utilized it as a source for keeping the kids entertained over Summer Break, I suggest giving it a whirl. Most events are free, and it's a great way to encourage summer reading.


86 comments:

Val Young said...

cute!

Manzanita said...

Enter, a wave of a memory when I used to take the kids to the library for all kinds of activities. Back then, no computers so we actually had to place ourselves in contact with other humans for social events. Imagine that!!!! Haha

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Val. :)

mail4rosey said...

The little ones still love the hands-on activities & imagination play (the kitchen and puppets he loves) but the computer in the kids' play room is def. a fave. ;)

Brian Miller said...

oo we love the library..i am glad they are diversifying as well...considering libraries have been rumored for years to be heading the way of the dinos....our library does a great job creating programs for kids and teens....

mail4rosey said...

I'll be sad if the libraries go.

Janine Huldie said...

I love it and seriously the local library is always a great place for free activities and this one looked like it was truly a blast!!

mail4rosey said...

I liked that they had some activities just for the older kids too...usually events like these focus on the littles but there were things for my teen to enjoy too. :)

Sandee said...

I so remember doing wonderful things like this during the summer months. My son will be 43 in a few days. My how time flies.

Have a terrific day. ☺

mail4rosey said...

Time DOES fly! All four of my kiddos have loved the library. :)

Christy Maurer said...

The library is a great place to go in the summer! They have such great programs :) He looks like he's having fun!

mail4rosey said...

Hardly anyone shows to the weekly events, I was glad this one had a nice turnout. :)

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Seems like your library is a great place for community gathering. Nice cute click!

Lizbeth McGow said...

Ahoy Matey! Seems like little one had fun last night! Our local library is so far away from my home is not even funny..to bad because mine would have enjoyed activities like this! He looks adorable!

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

Our library has tons of events....for older kids. I wish they had more for the little ones. Everything seems to be 5 and up.

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myshelomitashop said...

I wish we have that kind of fun in local library..hmm...I don't think we even have a local library here X_X'

alissa apel said...

That looks like he had fun! Mica just finished their reading program and got some gift cards and a free book.

Maria said...

your son makes one cute pirate! i love that you're always out and about and showing your children all that life has to offer. you're an aweosme mama.
thank you so much for being such a sweet friend and support, rosey! i think of you often and am thankful to know you. <3<3<3
maria

Lena said...

What a great activity! My kids are into pirates right now too. I have a feeling, that's what we are going to do for Halloween :)

Pat Hatt said...

Never knew they did so many things, keeps kids reading and provides a safe place, nothing wrong with that.

My Journey With Candida said...

Pirates must be the craze right now because my Grandson is into them also. What a cute pirate he is!!! LOL... so fun when the libraries make it fun to read.

mail4rosey said...

I do like our library. Thanks for the visit. :)

mail4rosey said...

Ours if further than I'd like too. Mine was within walking distance when I was a kid. :)

mail4rosey said...

Ours is little to about six...the much older kids usually get the short end of the stick (except for the reading program).

mail4rosey said...

:( I love having access to the resources, I'd miss it if we didn't have one.

mail4rosey said...

Woo hoo, I remember you saying he was participating. That's awesome that he's done already!

mail4rosey said...

I'm thankful to know you too, Maria. You're an obvious sweetheart, and your whole family just seems awesome! :)

mail4rosey said...

He didn't do the pirate lingo but everyone around him did when they saw him, lol.

mail4rosey said...

Agreed. It's structured, safe, learning fun and the kids really enjoy it (especially the elementary school crowd).

mail4rosey said...

Pirates never go out of style, do they? :)

Robin Wilson said...

I think that is a wonderful event and I hope that our local library will follow suit! The pirate looks great!

Ann Jones said...

We love going to the library, I take my kids almost everyday :)

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

Our library does a weekly activity for the kids and I love it. They even had ice blocking last year!!!

mail4rosey said...

It is nice that they cater to the kids. There's really a ton to do every single week.

mail4rosey said...

If we lived closer we'd go more often!

mail4rosey said...

Ice blocking would be awesome.

Pride In Photos said...

Rosey this is adorable!!!! I love the library...could spend hours there if a girl didn't have to work♥

Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

Oh what fun! I love the library. We spend a lot of time there. I can't think of a better place for the kids. There are always great activities going on. One of our favorites is drop in chess where you can just enjoy a game of chess with friends or with anyone who pops in. :)

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Libraries still hold a great place in society, hopefully it stays that way

mail4rosey said...

I used to spend a lot of time there when I was a kid. It was one of my most favorite places to be. ;)

mail4rosey said...

That would be fun to have the drop-in-chess. I've never heard of it, but I like the concept. :)

Theresa said...

Libraries often have some of the most fun activities for the kids to do. I just grabbed next months list from our library and am looking forward to quite a few events! Some of ours do get super busy, so you have to preregister for those. Glad lil man had a great time!

mail4rosey said...

Agreed. I love to visit a library, one thing that has not changed since childhood.

mail4rosey said...

They do have some unique things. We've seen shows, exotic animals, authors, etc. You're lucky your library gets busy. I was happy to see ours full for that event. :)

Ai Sakura said...

That's a great pirate costume! Our libraries have some activities too but I don't think anything as big as this.. and I doubt we'd ever have cotton candy haha

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I'm a lifelong library lover. When our kids were growing up, our library wasn't doing much in the way of activities, but it's kinda neat nowadays to be in there during story time, and to hear kids laughing and having a good time.

Binky said...

I find it quite amazing (and gratifying) at how popular libraries are in this age. Libraries have done a good job keeping current.

Masshole Mommy said...

I love those kind of events at the library. It's great when the community comes together for the kids like this to have fun!

Dana said...

Sounds like fun! Our library is also hosting a summer reading program. My kids love it! Today we'll be heading to our local branch to go to storytime, and then later this afternoon we'll be going back there to see a magic show. Libraries are wonderful places, aren't they. :)

Have a great Monday!

ChatterBlossom said...

These types of things at the library were some of my favorite things as a child. So much creativity and fun!
-Jamie
ChatterBlossom

John DeBellis said...

Looks like a fun place to be

MommaYoung said...

This sounds like so much fun! My girls would be in hog heaven!!! Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

That looks like so much fun! We have been to the library about once a week this summer, and it's something that Elliott really enjoys. I rarely check out books for myself, since I prefer reading on my kindle, but we certainly get a lot of use out of the library for kids stuff. If there was a library closer, we would probably utilize it even more (we drive 20 miles to go to the library).

Our Neck of the Woods said...

This looks so fun for the kids! What a cute photo :)

Self Sagacity said...

Oh man, how cute is that. I hope we will have a chance to do this with our local library this year.

~ Noelle said...

how fun...
we went to the library today... but he was not listening, so we didn't go and get a book... lol

Colette S said...

Reason #1mil and some why I love love love our library!

This is such fun! Glad your little one and your daughter had such a good time!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

How fun! I love the library, ours has just been rebuilt and is so super fancy and lots of activity I think it's great that they offer that....but sadly no Cotten candy!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

We totally took advantage of the library when my kids were young. I loved their reading programs and special activities so much!

Char W said...

Oh, that looks like it was a lot of fun! Unfortunately, our local library is smaller and subjected to budget cuts so it is now only open Tue-Thu from 11 am to 7 pm and Sat from 9 am to 5 pm. They are still able to do some fun activities though and we have taken advantage of a few of their events, like the summer reading program and story times!

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

What a fun activity for the kiddos and I'm sure he loved dressing up.

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Kristi Maloney said...

That's so great. Glad he had a good time. Our library has programs like this too. My older son really likes to read and my youngest not so much!

Chatty Crone said...

Cute little pirate there and I am glad that your daughter had fun too. sandie

Cheriese said...

I used to love going to the Library nights when I was a kid, I used to always dress up as a Disney Princess!!

Veronica Lee said...

Sadly, we don't have much fun activities in our local libraries. Love the cute pic, Rosey!

mail4rosey said...

This was a much bigger event than they usually put on. :)

mail4rosey said...

I loved the library when they didn't do things like this. It's even better now that they do. ;)

mail4rosey said...

The kids like to go. Even the older one sometimes. :)

mail4rosey said...

Agreed. :)

mail4rosey said...

We were going to a magic show at our local library last week too, but it was too crowded (standing room only) so we went on up to the playroom. :)

mail4rosey said...

I like that they're easy ways to make the kids happy, and they learn some stuff too. :)

mail4rosey said...

They did a good job. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for visiting. :)

mail4rosey said...

Ours is a hike too. The one very close to us is very small and rarely has events. ;)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Tammy. He had a nice visit.

mail4rosey said...

I like that they're so easy to make happy when they're little. :)

mail4rosey said...

We left the mall last week for a (very rare) temper tantrum my little one was having. ;)

mail4rosey said...

I have a one million list too for the library. ;)

mail4rosey said...

I love big, beautiful libraries!

mail4rosey said...

I love that everything is free. :)

mail4rosey said...

The one closest to us isn't open all that often. We hardly ever go there because it's soo soo soo tiny. But they do make the most of the space they have.

mail4rosey said...

Getting dressed up was the best part. ;)

mail4rosey said...

My kids all loved it at one point, but the two grown ones don't read any more. Maybe someday they'll get back to it. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks, Sandie. :)

mail4rosey said...

I saw some Disney Princesses there. :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks. We're lucky to have it. :)