I’m a big fan of the library. We check out lots of books, but there are so many other ways to use local libraries. This post is part of a series about the many ways to make the most of local libraries because Libraries Are More Than Books.
It never ceases to amaze me with all of the creative programs, classes, and unique community activities that libraries offer their patrons. Libraries provide so much more for their communities than shelves upon shelves of books (though that aspect of libraries is great too). Recently, I saw Renate from @RenateBakes post about attending a holiday wreath-making class at her local library with her two children.
An instructor led a group of patrons through the process of making their own wreaths from scratch. I love the combination of a hands-on creative project that is also seasonal and useful for home decor. At the end of the season, she can probably compost many of the natural elements too!
I suspect many libraries have programs similar to this one. From wreaths and garland-making classes to flower arranging and painting options, the program diversity among local libraries is vast. If you haven’t already, check out the program schedule for your local library and see what seasonal creative programs they offer.
Thanks to Renata for sharing one of the many ways she uses her local library. Be sure to head over and check out @renatebakes on Instagram. She offers great sustainable living content and bakes some killer sourdough loaves.
She also hosts the Burning Issues Book Club with Bel Canto Books, an independent bookstore in her Southern California community. The Burning Issues Book Club discusses one non-fiction book each month related to issues of environmental and social justice. I’ve been following it since they started, and they have had some fantastic books shared among the group.
Have you ever participated in a hands-on, creative program through your local library? I’d love to hear about it. What did you make? If you’d like to share about it with our readers, reach out to us and DM us on Instagram to learn more about how you use your local library.
Jen Panaro, founder and editor-in-chief of Honestly Modern, is a self-proclaimed composting nerd and an advocate for sustainable living for modern families. In her spare time, she’s a serial library book borrower, a messy gardener, and a mom of two boys who spends a lot of time in hockey rinks and on baseball fields.
You can find more of her work at Raising Global Kidizens, an online space to help parents and caregivers raise the next generation of responsible global citizens.