The local library is an excellent local resource for families and au pairs, whether you have avid readers amongst you or not. In fact, one of the first things I’d recommend for an au pair to after getting settled is to visit the library and explore. In addition to today’s bestsellers, libraries have resources to help with English and learn a new hobby to ward off homesickness. There are plenty of quiet areas to sit and work, events for all ages are offered, and the library is a great way for you to get to know your neighborhood and make friends.
The Indianapolis Public Library has an extensive digital collection that can even be downloaded from home. Other local libraries, in Greenwood, Fishers, and Carmel, boast similar collections and a great array of story-time activities, workshops, and lectures. So, whether you’re in Indianapolis or one of its suburbs, looking for a place to get away or to take the kids, the library is a great, free resource.
Getting a library card is easy– for most libraries, you’ll need your passport plus an item of mail received at your host family’s address in the last 30 days (like your welcome packet from Go Au Pair!) or proof of enrollment in a local education institution.