Public libraries.....it's not just about checking out a book anymore. The public libraries in the Central Florida area have a wide variety of programs available for all members of the family....even teenagers. Most of these programs are at no cost ....all you need are your free library card and in some instances, pre-registration. Check to see what's available at the library in your local area.
For the younger set, babies to 5 year olds, OCLS provides weekly story telling and activity programs at its branches throughout the county.
The popular Kids Connect program offers 6-12 year olds on-going story, game, craft and activity programs that vary from month to month. Kids can even practice their reading skills in a non-threatening environment by reading aloud to a lovable furry certified therapy dog in the Paw to Read program.
A teen advisory board actually helps to develop the teen library programs at OCLS. Acting and film making, gaming nights (Nintendo, Wii, Xbox360,etc), activities and crafts...a large variety of programs are available for teens. There are also opportunities to earn community service hours for high school community service requirements.
The WT Bland Library in Mt. Dora has a number of regularly scheduled story, craft and activity programs for younger and older children...there's even a LEGO Club. Check the program and events listing.
Seminole County libraries have regularly scheduled storytime programs designed to teach pre-reading skills and increase attention span. there is also a preschool program emphasizing music, puppets, and stories especially designed for children with special needs and their families.
At its multiple branch locations Osceola Library System has a full program of weekly storytime programs for toddlers to pre-school age.
Regularly scheduled Got 2 Game and Anime @ the library events are available for teens at branches through out the system.