Children don't come with instructions, but that doesn't mean you have to raise your child alone. We have books and videos to help you get through those early days, the tantrums, all the way up to the Birds and the Bees. We support early literacy in pre-readers with special services and programs for them.
Storytimes are for babies, toddlers and children up to age 5. The Children's Library offers other programs for children up to age 12. Some programs are registered which is done during an open registration period. Others are weekly Drop-In Programs for anyone to join without prior notice. View Storytime listings
For children ages 5 to 9-years old, borrow an Elementary iPad. The apps are organized into folders similar to our non-fiction section. App topics: coding, creationg, facts, fun, interactive books, math, reading, and science. View the current selection of apps
Keep your 8 to 12-year-olds busy with a Tween Tab and sneak in some learning while they play. These iPads feature games related to history, poetry, coding, STEM education, literature, languages, sports, eBooks, and more. View the current selection of apps
100 Before One
The Children’s Library invites all parents of newborns to join the 100 Before One challenge. Help your baby become a lifelong reader by joining the challenge and reading 100 books before your baby’s first birthday.
Parents that register their babies for 100 Before One will receive a free tote bag, booklists, a DVD of baby rhymes, a Highlights baby magazine, and a folder to keep track of the books your child has heard.
Early Literacy Texts
Sign up for our weekly early literacy texts to get easy tips sent right to your phone. Your librarians will send a text every Monday with something simple you can integrate into your daily life that will help prepare your child under 5-years-old for reading and writing. Sign up for text messages
Start your very own book club with Book Club Kits from the Children's Library. Choose a book, checkout five copies, and receive a discussion guide in your kit. The guide includes a book summary, discussion questions, and further activities to enhance the reading experience.