I wanted to do a focus piece on the Boca Library. There are two Boca Library locations: Spanish River (1501 Spanish River Blvd) and Downtown (400 NW 2nd Ave).
I started taking my daughter to mommy and me classes at the library when she was just an infant. Over the years, she is 7 now, the library has become a place we go at least once a week.
I am amazed when I speak with other people and they say they never go to the library! The library has SO much more to offer than just books! They offer an extensive list of free classes for both children and adults. I personally, have taken the 3-D printing class and walked away with my own 3-D keychain! My daughter has taken a lot of the classes, including coding which has been amazing for her to learn. When they finish their first coding class they move on to the next level and I can’t wait to see where this skill takes her. And the fact that these classes are free blows my mind. If you are interested in taking a class, here is a link to all the classes they offer: Classes
In addition to classes, the library hosts a wide array of special events geared towards children and adults. Last week my daughter went to the Magic Show at the Downtown library and loved it. Here is a link to their calendar.
I remember when the Elmo faze hit our house. We had to have every Elmo DVD there was. I started buying them here and there…then I learned that the library had DVDs to rent for free (New Releases are $1). I can honestly say since that moment I think maybe we have purchased a handful of DVDs. The fact that you can rent up to 16 DVDs at a time is just amazing! You can also renew them up to 3 times as long as their are no holds on them. We saved so much money on buying DVDs and now our movie selection is constantly changing.
Another great program they have is their rental program of American Girl Dolls, Cake Pans and Literacy Backpacks. Link: Special Collections (American Girl Dolls, Cake Pans, Literacy Backpacks)
If you have a young daughter, you know the obsession with American Girl Dolls! The Spanish River and Downtown Library both have their own set of dolls and they let you rent them on a weekly basis. Every doll comes in their original clothes and with all their original accessories. They also come with the doll’s book and a notebook that you can journal about your week with the doll. My daughter loves reading the journal. Its such a great experience for them.
The other day we were talking with the librarians at check out and I looked up to see all these cake pans on display. I asked them what that is about and they said you can rent them. I found this hilarious. Where in the world did they come up with this idea?? Ha. My daughter saw the cake pop pan and she had to have it. So we ended up checking it out (side note: the pan has sat on our counter for 2 weeks and we have yet to make anything in it. Ha) But I do love the concept of it. Especially if you wanted to make a specialty cake and didn’t have the pan for it. All pan rentals are for one week (you can renew up to 3 times) and they need to come back in the same condition you received them. They have MANY pans to choose from, but I took a couple pictures so you can get an idea of what they have to offer. Also please note, all cake pans are at the Spanish River Location. If you want to pick them up at the Downtown Location, it will take a day or two for the transfer.
Lastly they offer Literacy Backpacks for your child to check out. They are geared more towards pre-school/Kindergarten age and they consist of a book, a game, a CD, manipulatives, etc. My daughter was to old for these when they were released, but we did check out a bag once because she didn’t believe me that she was to old (stubborn 7 year old!) and I was impressed with all that was in it.
I have only just scratched the surface on what the library has to offer, there is so much more….like free wifi, free digital music through Hoopla, Free E-Books, computers, used book store (Downtown location), conference rooms, event space (weddings, parties, etc), the list goes on….
For me, not only do I love what the library has to offer, but I love the employees. The librarians in the kid section are so patient and uplifting. They always greet you with a smile and are ready and able to help. They have little kids constantly asking them to look up a book by a title they can’t remember, but they do remember there is a fish in it…haha and they do their best to help them find that book. They know a lot of the children who come weekly by name and are always so happy to see us. Its really special. The same goes for the people who check us out up front. They are always so friendly and we have had some fun discussions about the books we are checking out, etc.
Have I sold you on the library yet? Ha! Ready to get a card? Here is a link to sign up: Getting a Library Card
What do you get for signing up you ask? Click HERE to go to their webpage that explains it all in depth…below is a summary:
- 7-Day books: 8
- Compact Discs: 16
- DVDs: 16
- Video Games: 16
You may borrow up to a maximum of 100 items.
The only downside to checking out things at the library is you have to remember to return them in time! To help with this, I HIGHLY suggest signing up for email alerts!!! Managing my library account online is a life saver. I probably wouldn’t use the library nearly as much if they didn’t have this feature. From home you can put items on hold, renew items, and pay late fines. Since life is so hectic, this is the only way I can stay on top of it.
Let me know, what is your favorite thing about the library?