For Free Things to Do, Book a Trip to the Library

By: Dalia Colon


Every summer, my friend Kiva takes off two weeks from work to spend with her 4-year-old son, Nathan. I call it "Camp Mommy."

In preparation for Camp Mommy 2012, Kiva recently picked my brain for inexpensive things to do. I steered her straight to her local library and a few days later received the following email:

I took Nate to 2 library events yesterday and today. I was very impressed! Wasn't bootleg at all, very professional :).

Kiva now knows what thousands of Florida families are discovering: that public libraries offer much more than just books. Particularly in the summer, the library is a repository of activities for babies, kids and teens. Typical offerings include:

  • Story time.
  • Family game time.
  • Cooking classes and contests.
  • Magic shows.
  • Arts and crafts.
  • Concerts.

Most of the programs are free, and usually a library card is not required. So whether you're a Florida resident or just visiting, check out the offerings at these local library systems:

If you do have a library card, it never hurts to check out a stack of books, DVDs and audiobooks for a rainy day or summer road trip.

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