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July 29, 2009

Free Books You Say?

Even though I’m quickly approaching the age of which we dare not speak, I’ve embraced the digital world completely with open arms. Capital of Bulgaria? Google it. Need a doohickey for that whatchamacallit on your desk? Amazon to the rescue. Heard a great song on the radio? Download it from iTunes. Out with the old and in with the new.

So on this rainy summer Wednesday with a six year old quickly edging towards the precipice of “spoiledville” with an accelerating onslaught of “I’m bored,” what’s a parent to do? Panic? Good start, but ultimately not helpful. Punish? Short term relief spoiled by years of therapy bills. Any more TV or computer time and his brain could turn to mush (according to Hulu). There’s no delivery service for rainy day entertainment (in my budget at least) so we need an outing!

Trying to be good parents and encourage some modicum of learning over the summer, we’ve done bits of math and reading here and there. My ever present guilty conscience tells me not enough though, so what to do? Being out in the country, our options are limited. Playdates don’t run a plenty out here and more TV is off the table. What about that place where they have books, magazines, movies and even computers to use? What’s it called again? Oh, that’s right. The Public Library!

Load up the car and five minutes later we’re browsing kids books, animal books, and even a movie or two. Plus the added bonus of a gold star for an educational outing. I have to admit that’s it’s been a while since I’d been to the library and I’m sure there are parents out there screaming at me through cyberspace saying “Duuuhhhhh – everybody goes to the library!” Well, why didn’t you guys tell me, then?

In a digital world of instant gratification via TVs, DVDs, iPhones, downloaded movies, Xboxes, Playstations, Wiis and the like, the public library is one to remember. An outing with a payoff in all respects! Heading out the door with books for reading (one for me too!) and even a movie for later, smiles lit up the cloud covered sky and disaster was averted, if for one more day.

For you New Yorkers, check out all the good stuff at the New York Public Library at http://www.nypl.org/. Everyone else – Google (or even Bing) it of course!