Welcome to the Kids' Page

There’s always something for kids to do at your library, and our children’s staff know just how to get families excited about visiting the library. Browse our kids’ area to see what we offer.

Weekly Storytime Schedule (September - May)

Storytimes & Activities Offered During COVID-19

Days & 
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
PH: 325-676-6067
South Branch
4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
PH: 325-698-7565
Mockingbird Branch
1326 N. Mockingbird Ln.
PH: 325-437-7323
MondayNo Events11:15AM Preschool StorytimeNo Events
TuesdayNo Events11:15AM Toddler TimeNo Events
Wednesday11:00AM Toddler TimeNo EventsNo Events
Thursday11:00AM Mother Goose on the LooseNo EventsNo Events

Storytime Descriptions

  • BABY STEPS (Ages 0-1): Stories, activities, and stimuli are presented with parental participation.
  • MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE (Ages 0-3): Award-winning literacy program utilizing a variety of activities such as rhymes, puppets, and songs.
  • LAPSITS (Ages 1-2): Staff will share rhymes, music, short stories, and more, designed to keep a child’s interest.
  • PLAY & LEARN (Ages 1-3): Sensory activities to facilitate exploration and stimulate a young child’s senses.
  • TODDLER TIME (Ages 2-3): For children ready for longer stories to prepare them for all regular programming.
  • HEAD TO TOES STORYTIME (Ages 2-5): Storytime focusing on body recognition, gross motor skills, and all things head to toes.
  • PRESCHOOL STORYTIME (Ages 3-6): Listen to stories, join in fingerplays, sing, and watch puppets and other visual presentations.
  • RHYTHM & RHYME: Educational program combining music, dance & rhyme with structured learning at your library in a relaxed environment.

Regular Programming for Youth

Learn about our regular programming for youth up to 12-years-old, listed alphabetically by program name. Note that regular programming is subject to change during the Summer Reading Club months.

  1. Programs A to H
  2. Programs I-O
  3. Programs P-Z

ArtWalk Night Crafts

ArtWalk Night in Downtown Abilene is a great community event where you can find live music, great vendors, fun activities, and more each evening its hosted. Youth are encouraged to drop stop by your library and make a fun craft based on the theme of the ArtWalk festivities, organized by the Center for Contemporary Arts. 

Main Library | 2nd Thursday at 5:30PM

Chess Club

If you're a tween with an interest in playing chess you may want to become a part of our Chess Club.  Meeting three times a month, participants will not only challenge their peers to friendly games, but we'll also learn new techniques, watch demonstrations, possibly hear from guest speakers, and develop new skills through video.

Main Library | 2nd Tuesday at 4:00PM
South Branch | 3rd Tuesday at 4:00PM
Mockingbird Branch | 1st Tuesday at 4:00PM

Daycare Storytimes

Storytime sessions are offered to daycares to provide a personalized session catering to your group or curriculum. This is also a great time to allow kids to look for books to checkout and learn about library services. Contact staff if you're interested in scheduling a single visit, or setting up a schedule.

Main Library | PH: 325-676-6067
South Branch | PH: 325-698-7565
Mockingbird Branch | PH: 325-437-7323

Family Board Games

Families are invited to meet up for some classic board gaming fun. We'll have a host of games to play as way to promote family bonding, while getting to know other families in the community too. Nothing beats traditional board gaming fun, and feel free to bring your own games from home.

Main Library | 1st & 3rd Fridays at 4:00PM

Family Coloring Club

Families are invited to join the library for a monthly coloring club session designed to promote family bonding through coloring activities. We will supply the coloring pages and materials, but you can feel free to bring in your own if you'd like. Plus, attend a Preschool Storytime session immediately following this program.

South Branch | 3rd Wednesday at 10:00AM

Family Fun (Storytime)

These programs are designed for the entire family as an enhanced storytime event featuring stories, songs, games, crafts, and a variety of activities to entertain youth. Themes change each session so come to one or attend them all!

South Branch | 1st Monday at 5:00PM
Mockingbird Branch | 3rd Monday at 6:00PM

Family Movie Showings

Join your library branches for a regular lineup of popular movies for the entire family.  Light snacks are served, or feel free to bring your own outside food. Visit our Movie Schedule for a complete lineup of upcoming movie showings.

Main Library | 3rd Saturday at 3:00PM
South Branch | 2nd & 4th Saturdays at 11:00AM
Mockingbird Branch | Varies