This is the fifteenth post in a series on being part of a Big Couple through Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you haven’t read the previous posts and would like more context, please click here for an archive of the posts.
As you may know, I work for a public library.
Each library in our system has a mix of system-wide programs and branch-specific programs. One consistent branch-specific program we have is our monthly Family Craft Night.
I wish our schedules had worked out to where we could take our Little to Family Craft Night each month, but so far, we’ve only been able to make it to one.
On Tuesday, June 23rd, Daniel and I headed to pick our Little up from his home and make the drive to my workplace. He was fairly quiet on the way there, but I think it was mainly because we were driving on a side of town he hadn’t yet visited.
Once we got to the library, we made our way to the Community Room. My supervisor was just starting to pack up since the big wave of patrons had already gone through by the time we got there, but she and the volunteers were kind enough to hang around and help us make musical crafts (our theme for the Summer Reading Program this year is Beatz & Bookz).
Ryan enjoyed making the different musical instruments, and he formed a one-man band.
As much as he enjoyed crafting, he was really excited to sign up for the Summer Reading Program.
We got him signed up and we took turns reading books out loud to each other so he could earn his 40 in-house points for the day. With his points, he purchased an animaze stamp, which kept him entertained the entire drive home.
After we got back to his house, he recruited one of his younger sisters to join his band, and they paraded up and down their street. Hopefully they didn’t annoy Mom too much… 😛
Overall thoughts and lessons learned:
-Crafting is a good way to chat with your Little.
-Allow your Little to read to you (or read to your Little!); you both can enjoy and talk about the story.
-Libraries have lots of free programs Bigs and Littles can attend!
Are you (or have you been) part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program? Did you ever visit the library with your Big/Little?