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21st Century Kids: Building Family Memories

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Young boy cutting vegetables with the family watching
“The only people who truly know your story, are the ones who help you write it.”—Unknown

In the 21st century what constitutes a family unit is varied. However, most will agree: spending quality time with loved ones is very beneficial. Our families are an important foundation that cannot be underestimated. For some, it is a positive experience that sustains them during turbulent times. Building memories does not have to involve spending exorbitant amounts of money. Ask any kid their favorite part of a weekend and most will report time with family was a highlight. This special time is the building block of self-esteem, learning, and a sense of belonging. With this in mind, the Los Angeles Public Library provides wonderful resources to support family togetherness and fun. Here is a list of selections that spark the imagination and encourage family unity.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”—Benjamin Franklin

Building Family Memories

Families Around the World
Ruurs, Margriet

The Unplugged Family Activity Book
Jepson Wolf, Rachel

Gardening With Emma
Biggs, Emma and Biggs, Steven

Animal Exploration Lab for Kids
Reinbold, Maggie

Astronomy Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Activities
Nichols, Michelle

25 Fun Things to do With Your Friends and Family
Mason, Paul

STEAM Lab for Kids
Heinecke, Liz Lee

DIY Circus Lab for Kids
Davis, Jackie Leigh

Cooking Class
Cook, Deanna F.