A couple weeks ago, my daughter got her very own library card. This was an extremely big deal, and still is. It did get lost in her room (as things tend to do) but was found quickly today, for her return trip to the library.The return trip involved, of course, returning books - something she'd never had to do before, but now knows about.
Then she decided she wanted some science books, so I showed her where the kids' non-fiction shelves were, and she picked books about germs, centipedes, mosquitoes and grasshoppers. Then she picked up "Franklin is Messy" from the fiction shelves.
The librarian pointed out the shelves for circulating magazines and new books, and we finished up with 2 issues of "Spider" magazine (it's not about spiders; it's the follow-on to "Cricket" for slightly older kids) and a huge thick book containing ALL the "Thomas the Tank Engine" stories that had just arrived.
We got to checkout, and after watching the circulations lady stamp the other books, she noticed that there were no stamps in the front of the Thomas book. I was just about to point out that she was the first one to check it out, but she blurted out, "Am I the first one to ever get that book?" and was tremendously excited about it.
We wound up with a bit more than she could easily carry on her own, but that's mostly due to the Thomas tome. And she's down to a "mere" dozen books out at once, which is an improvement over her first-week binge of 20 books.