This is a personal experience from 2012, programs and facilities change and your experience may be different.
Our public libraries are a great resource for parents, and the Antioch Public Library is no exception. Even the layout is family friendly; kids have their own section so they can actually enjoy themselves, and us moms aren’t chasing them around, mortified and hysterically “shushing” them. About one-third of the main floor is dedicated to kids. The area features a pirate ship to climb on and read in, small tables with puzzles, accessible bins of board books at toddler level, kid’s computers, a cozy reading area with bean bag style chairs, and private family bathrooms. The library has a great selection of movies in addition to the thousands of children’s books to choose from. But in my opinion, the best feature of our library is the classroom.
The Antioch Public Library has a number of free story time programs available for kids and families. Registration is required for most, and begins at the first of each month (there are a few walk-in story times available). I speak from experience when I tell you the programs fill up fast, especially in the summer. I recommend calling on the first and signing up for any classes you might be interested in. Programs are divided into age groups, and feature stories and songs following a theme, and a craft for kids three years and up.
My three-year-old and I recently attended an animal-themed Toddler Time (24 to 42 months) for interactive stories, songs, and a project. The room is laid out just as you would expect any kindergarten classroom to be. The structured part of the program lasts about 25 minutes, but the child and caregiver are welcome to hang around a bit to visit with other families or take as long as they like to work on their projects.
Library Storytimes are a great opportunity to meet other moms and get out of the house while spending quality time with your kids. Little ones have the chance to socialize and explore in an environment that encourages reading and creativity. Plus there’s the bonus that the painting isn’t happening at your kitchen table!
What’s your favorite program at the Antioch Public Library?