Teaching Your Children How to Be Responsible when Borrowing Items from the Library

Lee Hansen By Lee Hansen, 11th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2panrucg/
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Read how you can teach your children to be responsible library patrons and enjoy the library for years to come.

Borrowing Items and Getting a Library Card

Borrowing things from the local library provides a great teaching lesson in instilling responsibility in your child. One day I talked with a mother who was at the library with three of her children. She boasted gleefully of how they loved to read or be read to. As a former library employee I was delighted to hear such enthusiasm. All too often children are enticed by the latest video games or technological devices. It is for this reason that reading for pleasure often becomes somewhat of a distant or outdated memory.

Although each child had their own individual library card and book bag, she felt it better for them to check out all the books on one card. But the children weren't having that. They were adamant about using their own card. And isn't that just like a child? They want to be independent sometimes. The children won out.

They can choose the books and items they want. Of course the items chosen would have to be "Mom-approved". By doing this, the child can express his individuality.

Organization and Keeping the Library Receipt

Keeping up with their items would allow them to take care of them by putting them in a book bag when they are finished using them. A special area should be designated where these items can be placed for safe-keeping.

By keeping the library receipt the child will know when books and other items are due. Most libraries also have a website that patrons can utilize to renew their items online. Have a calendar nearby where they can mark due dates. Returning items on time saves them money and avoids them from paying those annoying late fees for each day an item is overdue.

No Eating and Drinking Around Books

Stress the importance to your children not to eat or drink around the books because they could be damaged if they spill something on it. As a result others would not be able to borrow those items in the future. They should wash and dry their hands thoroughly before handling.

Avoid Fines and Save Money

Let them know that they should not write or color in borrowed books or deface them. Also inform them that when they do damage items they have to pay for it and possibly lose their library privileges temporarily.

Limit the Amount of Items They Borrow on Their First Trip

For a child going to the library for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. There are so many things there that will capture their attention. To avoid that allow them to take only a few items out initially. As they show they are responsible, then gradually let them take more things out.

Let them know that borrowing books and other things from the library saves money because they are free for them to use.

Frequency

Parents should determine how often to visit.There are always interesting programs and special events that take place there too. But let them know that with privilege comes responsibility. And this lesson goes well beyond the library. It will take them through life.


Credit: Pictures from Wikimedia Commons

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Avoiding Library Fines, Book Bag, Bookbag, Borrowing Items From The Library, Children, Children At The Public Library, Due Dates, Getting A Library Card, Library Patrons, Saving Money, Staying Organized, Teaching A Child Responsibility, Teaching Lesson, Technological Devices, Technology, Video Games

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Retired
11th Aug 2014 (#)

So well done. Yes, your tips throughout serve as examples for life conduct, as well. I can think of no finer place to start -- outside the home -- than libraries. Great pictures, too!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan. The library is definitely a great learning tool for life conduct. I wish more people would glean from it.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Aug 2014 (#)

Nicely done...outstanding far reaching life lesson...thanks Lee...

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author avatar Lee Hansen
11th Aug 2014 (#)

Appreciate you stopping by D. Hopefully parents will find these tips useful.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
12th Aug 2014 (#)

Great article! I hope everyone reads this and takes note of all the wonderful tips. I love the library. Great pictures.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
12th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy. I hope it helps people to be more aware.

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author avatar Mimi91114
13th Aug 2014 (#)

When my kids were little I read to them a lot. As they got older I brought them to the library and their love for books grew. I like your tips, they are very helpful for new/young library enthusiasts.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Mimi. The library is a great place to acquire a love of books. The earlier the better.

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