Libraries offer summer learning, entertainment

The sun is shining, the fish are biting and bicycles are more than ready to ride.

But what to do with your kids when those and other summer time activities begin to wear out their welcome?

We at The Mining Journal think a trip to the local library is just the ticket.

As a newspaper, we are avid proponents of literacy and literacy programming. Giving a child a book to read can be one of the greatest gifts in his or her young life.

But libraries go way beyond just card catalogs and stacks of books these days. With a multitude of programming at Peter White Public Library in Marquette, Negaunee Public Library, Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library, Forsyth Township Library, Munising Schools Public Library and others, we hope parents take some time to bring the kids to the library for a day of fun activities that may just so happen to include a little learning.

With summer reading programs, kids can rack up points to earn books of their own by reading, or being read to. Hands-on activities abound as well, with LEGO programs and visits to some local libraries from Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials or the Moosewood Nature Center. Because while it’s great for kids to get outdoors and have some fun, it’s also important for them to understand just how precious the abundant natural attractions we have in our area are, for our economy as well as our own overall well-being and health.

So if you see your kids drawing aimlessly in sidewalk chalk in the driveway, or find them splayed out on the couch watching yet another re-run of their favorite cartoon or are simply tired of hearing them say, “I’m bored,” take them down to your local library. It will be well worth it, we’re sure.

– The Mining Journal (Marquette)