But anywho, we love the library.
We go often and I try to stay on top of whatever programs the library is offering, especially in the summer, because they are generally fun, well run, almost always empty and always cost-free.
And though we've spent a nice amount of time upstate, we've never visited a library there. Until this most recent trip, before school started.
We only had time to visit one library on this most recent trip, and we chose the Liberty, NY library over the Monticello library, but only because it was closer to our home base.
We couldn't check any books out of the library because we don't have a library card there, but the kids were able to play on the computers, build with the legos and paint. The library has a really very well-stocked art room where local kids can come each day during the summer to do a different project. That day, the kids were painting canvases - one large canvas, taped off into squares, each kid painting a square. When the canvas is all painted, the library is going to hang it in the lobby.
My boys were not interested in painting, especially when they had the option of using the computers, but my girls were all over the painting project. Thank goodness for my girls because I wanted to paint too and there's nothing that is much weirder than a grown up sitting herself down in the middle of a kiddie art session without bringing kids of her own. In fact, it's not just weird, it might be illegal.
But my girls wanted to paint so I got to paint as well. Happy days.