My First Library Card: A Proud Mama Moment

Friday, March 19, 2010

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Groucho Marx

I love to read and so does Phil. Before we got pregnant we talked about wanting our future kids to love it as well. Tyler has had his own library since he was an infant. We still have some of my Dr. Seuss books on his bookshelf. When I was younger, my mom would take me to the book store for the latest Sweet Valley High book and I'd finish it by the end of the day. She'd jokingly-but-kinda-not tell me to slow. it. down. At the time, I couldn't figure out why she'd want me not to read. But now that Tyler is flying through chapter books, I totally get it. Our reading addiction isn't cheap!

So, I took Tyler to the library and he got his own library card. Of course I was a proud mama but more so because HE was proud to have his own card and thinks it's a big responsibility. He keeps his card in his wallet. He reminds me when his books are due.

It's been great introducing him to some of the same books I read when I was his age. We go to the used library book store since kids books are usually .25 or .50. It's a habit I'm happy to indulge, although it's strange having to tell him, "alright, enough reading, turn off the light and go to bed already!"

What are you doing to encourage reading at your house? 
*Sorry for the crap cell phone photos


  1. We're also big readers around here. My two eldest kids are constantly begging to go to the library, but I keep resisting mainly because we're awful about keeping up with and returning library books. (We lost two last summer, and I think I'm still carrying a fine from the start of the school year!) So we've been going the buying the books from B&N route instead, but given my daughter's voracious appetite for books this solution is going to put us in the poor house!

  2. I remember being 4 years old and practicing writing my full name over and over because you couldn't get a card until you could sign your full name. I was SO excited! Congrats Tyler!


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