If you aren’t prone to wandering the stacks at your local library then it might not be the first place you think to visit with a crying baby. Keeping quiet is not something you need to worry about at the children’s section of your local library. The library is one of those city resources that is just waiting for you and baby to discover, they are ready with helpful information, story times and even have a free book is waiting for you.
Who doesn’t love something free?
The Ottawa Public Library’s Raise a Reader program has a free book for your baby and its a pretty good one. The one we received is called Peekaboo Kisses. Its one of those touch and feel books that has been “thoroughly loved” in our home. With bright coloured pages the book is filled with different textures to feel, a mouse to squeak and a mirror for baby to look in. All you need to do is visit your local children’s library and tell the librarian that its your babies first visit. You will receive a bag filled with information and a free book. You can also register your child for a library card which I think is pretty cute and learn about all the great programs the library has on for families. When looking for baby friendly places the library really is the place to go. Its stroller accessible, has family washrooms, lots of seating and is a great place in the city if you need to let your little one move around or for a parent to take a break. So go pick up your free copy today. When I spoke with the librarian she mentioned that last year (2013) they only gave out a third of their free books. The library is an amazing place especially with young children so check out yours today and start raising a reader.