Children’s Services


Summer Reading Program 2015: We sponsor a very popular eight-week Summer Reading Club. Children register at the library for this free activity and enter one of three reading divisions:
  • "Beginner" for our very youngest patrons, who are not yet able to read on their own
  • "Reader" for our school-age readers in grades 1 – 6
  • "Challenger" for children in grades 2 – 6

Barks & Books: Children are invited to read to a gentle and friendly dog visitor on the second Thursday of each month between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Please note: Barks & Books takes an annual break in August.

Preschool Storytimes: This very popular program brings babies, toddlers, pre-school children, parents and caregivers together for stories, songs, puppets and crafts. Days and times are:

  • Monday mornings: at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday evenings: at 7:00 p.m.
    • Please Note: Preschool Storytime takes a “nap” during the first two weeks of August as everyone gets ready for the beginning of the school year.

Baby Rhyme Time: Baby Rhyme Time is Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. and runs every Tuesday. Sessions last 30 minutes and are divided into 3 separate parts: Lap Time, Reading Together, and Free Play. There is no pre-registration for this free program.

1-2-3 Play with Me: A Parent/Child Workshop Series: Families with children ages three and younger are invited to register for the Library’s popular five-week Parent/Child Workshop featuring noted resource professionals on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:15 am on March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st, 2015. The interactive workshops include toys, crafts, books and play in addition to discussions of parenting issues and concerns.

    Registration begins February 2, 2015 - Enrollment is free, but in-person pre-registration for all classes is required, so sign up with your friends & family soon.
    Family Place topics will include:
    • Emotional
    • Physical
    • Development
    • Health
    • Nutrition
    • Literacy
    • Music
    • Play

Reference & Research

Personal reference assistance: Library staff is always ready and able to assist our young members of the public in finding information, both print and electronic.

Study space: Children use our library after school as a place to study, do homework and research topics for schoolwork.

In-Library Class Visits: Teachers and leaders of youth organizations bring children to the library to listen to stories, do research and find books.

Children's Book Lists

Caldecott Award Winners
Newbery Award Winners
ALA Notable Children's Books

Recommended Children's Websites

American Library Association - Great Websites for Kids
California State Website - Just for Kids
California State Websites - Grades K - 5
Discovery Kids
NASA Kids' Club
National Geographic Kids
National Public Radio - Book Club for Kids
PBS Kids
U.S. Government - Official Kids' Portal
U.S. Government Websites for Kids - Ben's Guide

Children's Collection

The Children's Collection includes board books, picture books, beginning readers, fiction, non-fiction audio books and DVDs. Our fiction collection includes popular books and classics for both leisure reading and academic support.

Children's Online Databases

In addition to print materials, our online databases support both recreational and educational inquiry. Databases include: Biographies, MasterFILE Complete, NoveList, ReferenceUSA, and World Book Online. You can access these excellent resources in the library and remotely at home and school. Remote access requires a library card and a PIN.

For more information about children's programs and services or to make a suggestion, please contact Christine Smart, Youth Services Librarian or by phone at 626-355-4672.