Candy Burns and her family have been regular visitors to the Main Library in Burlington ever since it first opened in 2008. They use the Main library the most, but they also go to the Scheben Branch and the Florence Branch to attend programs.
“I have five children and we use the library a lot, said Candy. We love the storytimes, puppet shows, magic shows and we especially loved the Native American Celebration last year. We are a one-income household and the library has allowed us to pursue so many opportunities without putting a strain on our budget — live plays, professional acting troupes, local school performances, a high energy jump rope team, comedians, science labs and dissections, hands on fun, live animals…I could go on and on.”
Candy makes use of the library’s resources to homeschool her children. She checks out books, Playaway Views, and educational DVDs to help supplement their studies and she and her children attend the homeschool program held at the library each month. She also checks out theme kits to use with her preschoolers. Theme kits contain ten picture books, a DVD, a game, a hands-on activity such as a magnet board and laminated cards with activity ideas. They promote literacy while teaching kids about the world around them.
Candy says the children’s Department is kid-friendly, “Children are allowed to be children here. They aren’t told to be quiet and they can explore hands-on activities like the sensory table. My children love the play area and how they rotate the toys.”
“When I tell my children that we are going out they always ask if the Main Library will be one of our stops. When I say yes, you can see and hear the excitement in their eyes and voices. It’s fun to hear them talk among themselves about what they plan to do when they get there and which book or movie they are going to check out.”
Candy says her favorite thing about the library is the staff, “They are always friendly and helpful and listen to my suggestions. They are like extended family.” She says it’s a special treat when her children get to see one of their favorite library staff members, “There are hugs, jokes, silly stories shared…just a really good time for them.”
“The library is a great meeting spot, we see our friends here. Lots of times I meet my girlfriend here and we hang out while the kids play. We love the library. We make memories here,” said Candy.