It started with Take Your Daughter to Work Day. Then schools became more PC, and it became Take Your Child to Work Day. Not too long ago, someone created Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, and now there’s Take Your Child to the Library Day.
This past weekend, a number of libraries nationwide held the first annual event, which offered story hours, scavenger hunts, craft projects, and guest authors. According to this article by The Norwich Bulletin, a library in Connecticut came up with the idea back in December, and emailed a few other local libraries on its Listserv. The idea quickly spread to the Midwest and as far north as Canada.
About 130 libraries in 15 states and Canada participated in the free event to spark interest in public libraries and raise awareness about reading.
Honestly, I think this is a great idea. But the real beauty of it is that going to the library is always free. We shouldn’t have to hold events to get people to visit.