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
You can still support early literacy when you’re not at storytime in the library! Just make sure to Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play with your child at home and on the go. For more information including tips, book recommendations, and songs check out our Early Literacy page.
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
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.
Our youth services librarians have curated a list of the best and most helpful resources to assist your child with their homework. The four study guides on American Colonies and Revolution, Connecticut and Darien, Earth and Space, and Western Expansion are aimed at specific school units. View all of the Homework Help resources.
Scout Visits to the Library
Do your Scouts need to earn their Library Badge? Email the Children's Library to schedule your visit.