Welcome to the Kids' Page

Youth Services is one of the liveliest departments we have to offer. Children and families make use of a wide range of services including  storytime sessions, crafting days, movie showings, programs & events, an amazing print & digital collection of reading materials, and much more. Materials circulated in our system for juvenile readers are the highest each year, showing families are vital for the success of a library. Learn more about our youth department.

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Weekly Storytime Descriptions for Families

  • BABY STEPS (AGES 0-1): For infants from birth to age 1 and their caregivers designed for interactive discovery and play including stories, activities, and stimuli of all kinds. 
    • Tuesdays at 10:30AM | South Branch Library
  • MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE (AGES 0-3): Award-winning literacy program utilizing a variety of activities such as rhymes, puppets, and songs. 
    • Thursdays at 11:00AM | Main Library
  • PLAY & LEARN (AGES 0-3): Engage in one of the latest library trends in a program offering sensory play for children to help  develop and refine the use of their senses. 
    • Mondays at 9:30AM | Mockingbird Branch Library
  • HISTORIAS EN ESPAÑOL & INGLÉS (AÑOS 3-6): Venga a disfrutar historias, música y más en inglés y español en esta hora de cuentos bilingue! Con la lectora invitada especial Isabel Trujillo. 
    • Miércoles at 10:15AM | Mockingbird Branch Library
  • PRESCHOOL STORYTIME (AGES 3-6): Listen to stories, join in fingerplays, sing, and watch puppets and other visual presentations. 
    • Wednesdays at 11:00AM | South Branch Library
  • TODDLER TIME (AGES 2-3): For children ready for longer stories to prepare them for all regular programming. 
    • Mondays at 10:00AM | Mockingbird Branch Library
    • Wednesdays at 11:00AM | Main Library
    • Thursdays at 11:00AM | South Branch Library
  • WIGGLES & GIGGLES (AGES 1-3): Join us for a fun and educational program combining music, dance, and rhythm with structured learning. Children will develop confidence, coordination, and social skills while expressing themselves in a relaxed environment. 
    • Tuesdays at 11:00AM | South Branch Library

About the Youth Department

  1. Main Library
  2. South Branch
  3. Mockingbird Branch

Childrens Area - Book Collection 1Ellene Cudd, Youth Librarian
Randall Minnick, Youth Services

This area of the Main Library is located on the first floor and houses all of our children's books from beginning readers through middle school. Here you will find knowledgeable staff ready to answer any of your questions.

This area houses children's computers, accessible by patrons with a valid library card, as well as AWE Early Literacy stations equipped with educational gaming for youth.  Additional items available to keep youth entertained includes games, quick activities, and puzzles.

Although not a primary space for programming, craft activities are sometimes conducted in this area. You will also find our storyroom, which is where the majority of storytimes and youth programs are hosted. This room is filled with wall-to-wall murals to promote children's literature and is a great space for kids, parents, and staff to interact together in events.

Also Ask Us About

All library branches offers a regular lineup of programming for youth up to 12 years of age.  
Visit out Events Page for our program offerings.

Library Tours

Tours are available for any group wishing to obtain a better understanding of the library's services. These tours will introduce groups to how the library functions, the services offered to them, and more. For youth and local student tours, sessions may also include incorporating storytimes and/or other activities to engage youth. Call to setup a time, or for more information.

  • Main Library: 325-677-2474
  • South Branch: 325-698-7565
  • Mockingbird Branch: 325-437-7323

Literacy Kits

All branch locations offer access to a selection of literacy and activity kits for local youth.  Each comes with a variety of interactive materials, which may include books, CDs, and activity binder, and additional content.  Available kits are for those that promote literacy, homeschool education, phonics, and more.  They remain in popular demand at all locations so feel free to take advantage of them.

School Presentations

Youth staff at each branch not only put on great activities inside the library, we're also available to visit your school to tell your students about the programs we offer. Give us a call and see how we can assist you and schedule a time for a visit.