Travelling with your family by plane, train or car is always an adventure. I have always relied on the library for travelling material whether it’s a book or e-book to read in the airport or music and books on CD to pass the time in my car.
When my two boys were small we often rented a cabin in B.C. and to pass the eight hours to get there we would load up on book CDs like Robin Hood Crusader or Giants a Colossal Collection of tales and tunes, it was preferable to have a story with giants but really any adventure story would do. That was more than a few years ago but the library still has the tools to make an eight hour trip not feel like 16 hours. The kids e-library has loads of stories, games and activities to keep kids occupied and they might just learn a few things.
If you have more than one child it may require multiple devices or a little bit of compromise. It is nice when you can find a story, game or activity that the whole family can enjoy. The classic folk and fairy tales are always a good start, Jack the Giant Killer was always a favorite.
If your child is enrolled in an immersion program at school the kids e-library has Muzzy Online an animated language learning course for children in seven languages plus English. Encyclopedie Decouverte World Book kids en francais and Enciclopedia estudiantil Hallazagos World Book Online kids in Spanish both are excellent resources to help kids learn a second or third language or just keep their current skills sharp.
When kids are first learning to read it can be a struggle to keep them reading over the summer. The e-library has lots of games and activities to help the most reluctant of readers stay engaged. Bookflix and Pebble Go will keep them happily reading and playing vocabulary games. Of course some parents will have the opposite problem trying to keep their kids supplied with enough books because they have an avid reader. Luckily the library has books and e-books for the whole family including Mom and Dad.
While at the cottage we quite often found the need for some good nonfiction books like a good birding book, Birds of North America Western Region and the kids always needed a book on insects to identify all the creepy crawlies they find in the woods or on the beach.
Fishing is another popular activity summer activity and it is usually a good idea to identify that fish you just caught. Some fish can only be caught at certain times of the year so it maybe handy to have a book on identifying fish such as Fish of Alberta by Amanda Joynt.
Zinio will keep you supplied with the latest magazines and Hoopla will keep you supplied with music and movies. It is going to be a very busy summer at Calgary Public Library!