Before big bookstores sprouted up in almost every city, parents took their children to the public library to jump-start the imagination. Libraries may not be as popular as they once were, but many communities still offer free programs for young readers.
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Contact your local branch to see if they host a story time for different age groups. Some branches even put on free puppet shows, summer classes and sing-alongs! With free Internet, magazines and books at their fingertips, parents will also find ways to occupy their time.
To continue the fun at home, start a family book club! Once everyone has finished reading, dress as your favorite character for the discussion.