Not sure if I should xpost this in discipline, but I hope y'all can give me some ideas. I grew up within walking distance of the local library. I have very fond memories of walking to the library (by myself) and picking out books---reading for hours and hours. We lost lots of books as kids and my mother would scream and yell at us. It was a mess, but I still loved to read.
Fast forward to me as a mom. We can't walk to the library, but I do go often. My children used to love to read. Over the years, we've had to pay a LOT in fines and lost books, and now I'm yelling too. After the last "lost book", I told my 8 and 6 year old they would have to pay for the next book if it is lost. I have provided a shelf in the living room and a special bin in their room for library books and we only check out 2 each. Our house is not large and they never take books out of the house.
So it happened last week. My dd lost her book. She gets $3/week in allowance and saves all her money so she has the money to pay. We went to the library and the book was $5 and they assess you a fee of $5.50 on top of the price of the book. She was miserable paying for the book. She didn't want to. Furthermore, she can't find another book, but she is blaming it on me since I read it to her last.
So she announces she never wants to go to the library again and doesn't want to read anymore!! Not the outcome I was looking for!!!
My children don't watch a lot of tv, so they naturally draw to reading, but now she is not reading anything.
How do your families manage the library?? Should I just be on top of every book so they don't have an aversion to checking out books?? Should I just buy books at garage sales etc and forget the library. With the amount I paid in the last year I could have lots of used books!!