Every Monday we walk to our town's local library. When I was a kid libraries were my favorite places to hang out. My house was always kind-of-hectic and the library was my escape. It was a magical place for me - my path to another world.
Even now as a grown-up when I enter a library, any library, I feel this sudden burst of joy and anticipation - I just may stumble upon something wonderful! Gail Borden, our local library, is a magical place. Their childrens' areas are huge. They have a large play area full of imaginative toys for younger children. They also set out new games and crafts each week for older children. I don't think my kids see library as the escape the way I did as a child, but they relish going. I delight in the fact that we share this common affection.
Right now our library is even more impressive than usually. It's currently hosting a museum quality exhibit, The Robot Zoo. There are 8 robotic animals throughout the library. Some of them the kids can control with remotes. It provides a fascinating and unique insight in to how animals' anatomies work. There is also other hand-on-activities scattered through-out the library that compare animals muscles to simple machines. Every week, we seem to discover and learn something new.