Youth Services Department
What's to Read for Kids, Families and Teens
We have collections for preschoolers, emergent readers, late elementary readers, middle and high schoolers - plus materials useful for parents and caregivers. If you need information relating to kids and teens, we can help you find the right book, movie, CD or database!
Our collections feature classic literature for children as well as cutting edge popular materials including graphic novels, audiobooks in CD and Playaway formats, children's and teen bestsellers and award-winning books for youth. Specially themed displays connect kids and teens to the books, movie and CDs they love.
Activities for Kids, Families and Teens
Kids can use their imagination as they captain our paddlewheeler; visit Longfellow, our 9-ft. tall giraffe; check the time on the whimisical Hickory-Dickory-Dock-Clock; play puzzles and board games or just settle down to read a book.
We offer a full range of free events year-round for families, kids and teens.
- Storytimes for babies and infants +
- Drama workshops, storytimes and book character parties for preschoolers +
- Afterschool workshops on science, knitting and crafting for school age kids +
- Fun events and projects for teens =
- Over 1100 events each year that reach over 30,000 children and teens!
We have six internet computers for kids and teens up to age 15 and laptop computers available for in-house check-out to 13-17 year olds. We also have four game computers for younger children to play games featuring favorite pre-school characters for younger children.
What Else is Cool and Fun?
Our very friendly staff makes each child, parent and teen feel welcome at the library. We love helping everyone find just the right book, movie and music and enjoy playing "book detective" to track down the answer to your questions.
We promote strong partnerships in cooperation with other youth serving agencies and by visiting schools and daycares to spread the joy of reading. You might see us storytelling at the mall or a park, or talking about literacy and learning to parents at a local agency. If there's an opportunity to promote reading and strengthen literacy efforts, we'll be there!