The Christmas holidays are almost upon us, but there’s no need to panic! If you’re at a loss of how to entertain yourself (and the kids) this season, the library is a fountain of endless entertainment. Here are some things you can do:
1) Borrow a book.
Okay, okay, we realise we’re recommending the bleedin’ obvious here, but there’s never a better time to catch up with your reading than right now. In fact, why just borrow a book? Borrow five books! Borrow all the books!
If you don’t know what to read, you can very easily find recommendations anywhere and everywhere, for example:
- Ask your librarian what the hottest titles are.
- Check out Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 for the best books of the year.
- The New York Times also has a list of their top picks of 2016.
- If you want it easily broken down into genres, the School Library Journal’s list would help.
2) Join a library event.
Don’t really have any vacation lined up and feeling bored and uninspired? Plenty of libraries have events catering to people of all ages this Christmas holiday. Activities such as book clubs, movie screenings, computer and IT skills workshops would do well to both entertain you and engage your mind.
- Check out what’s on in the City of Melbourne here.
- The City of Glen Eira Libraries has a 1000 Books Before School initiative to encourage parents and carers to read aloud to their children in the crucial first five years of life. This is year-long, but you can always start now.
- Kids can learn to make a Christmas bauble in ten minutes at the Watsonia Library.
While many events are free, though, booking might be required for some. The earlier you lock it in, the better!
3) Trace your family history.
If you’re ever curious about your ancestry, many libraries have access to family history resources such as Ancestry or Find My Past. You can even make this a family challenge and try to complete a family tree by the end of the holiday season!
4) Learn a new language.
There are countless benefits to learning a new language, from developing self-confidence, improving your learning skills, making yourself more employable, to giving your brain a boost.
If learning a language from books isn’t your thing, well, libraries usually have access to language learning e-resources, CDs, CDROMs, and even foreign films. Find a format that works for you, and you’re set!
What are you planning to do this holiday season?