Welcome to the Kids' Page
Youth Services is one of the liveliest departments as families visit to make use of a wide range of including storytimes, craft days, movie showings, events, an amazing print & digital collection of reading materials, and more. Materials circulated in our system for juvenile readers are the highest each year, showing families are vital for the success of a library.
Weekly Storytime Descriptions for Families
Baby Steps (Ages 0-1)
For infants 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)
Based on an 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 sensory play with your 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.
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 who are getting ready for longer stories to help prepare them for all regular youth 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)
A fun program combining music, dance, and rhythm with structure learning to help children develop confidence, coordination, and social skills.
Tuesdays at 11:00AM | South Branch Library
About the Youth Department
Ellene Cudd, Youth Librarian
Bettye Chapman, Youth Services
Located on the first floor, this area houses our children's collection from beginning readers through middle school. Here you will find knowledgeable staff ready to answer your questions.
You will also find computers, accessible by patrons with a valid library card, and the AWE Early Literacy stations equipped with educational gaming for youth. Additional items available to keep youth entertained includes games, LEGO, puzzles, coloring pages, and more.
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 programming is 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.
Andrea Compton, Youth Librarian
Rachel Jones, Youth Services
This is one of the bustling areas of the library, used for most storytime programming and special events that don't need to be contained within a room. When not in use for programming, this is a great seating area for the public. Comfortable lounge furniture can be found and youth can be seen sitting in the open space reading books, playing with busy bag activities, having fun on our light board, putting puzzles together, and playing on our AWE Early Literacy stations that offer educational gaming opportunities across a variety of subjects.
This area is not available to be rented out for outside groups, but appears as a facility listing as it's a place in the library that is utilized for library programs. It's surrounded by the children's collection at the library, housing materials for beginner readers through middle school. It's also located in view of the children's play area located inside the Mall of Abilene, so parents are able to monitor their children whether they're inside the library or at the play area.
Amanda Sasser, Youth Librarian
This is the primary area where kids and families spend time in the library. In this area you'll find great seating for the family, access to puzzles, activity bags, and AWE Early Literacy stations providing access to educational gaming across a variety of subject areas.
This area houses the a great collection of reading materials for this age group with materials for beginning readers to middle school. The Mockingbird Branch is also the only location that separates out its juvenile audiovisual collection of DVDs and audiobooks on CD so they too are housed in the children's area of the library.
Colorful walls and decorations helps to make this area of the library inviting, and while located in the front of the facility by the windows, shades are provided to protect you from the sun during certain times of the day. Feel free to come attend a program or storytime in our children's area and see what this branch location has to offer for families.
Also Ask Us About
All branches offer a lineup of programming for youth up to 12 years of age. Visit our Events Page for details.
AWE Early Literacy Stations
Multiple educational stations are located at each branch library to provide youth with access to a host of safe gaming and learning activities to keep them occupied in the children's area. Offered first-come, first-served, these stations feature touchscreen features for a child's enjoyment and parents don't have to worry about their children exploring all they have to offer as they do not come with access to the Internet.
We have a strong homeschool community in Abilene and sometimes parents are looking for fun materials to help supplement their curriculums. A former children's librarian has curated this special collection at the South Branch Library and each self-contained kit will cover a different topic, including materials within to help supplement and enhance studies.
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
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.
Each library branch offers a collection of popular children's books based on the featured award-winning artists that have been on exhibit at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature since it opened. Each are housed separate in the children's collection and feature all the works of these artists, authors, and illustrators, who have also been honored during the Children's Art + Literacy Festival.
Learning to read can be made a little easier through the library's curated collection of phonics kits. Each are designed with books and supplemental materials to help youth build stronger reading skills. Look for them at your library on your next visit to try them out for your own young readers.
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.
The South Branch Library carries a host of self-contained kits on a variety of STEAM topics including astronomy, building, money, shapes, health, and more. More than two dozen kits are available to be checked out and used at home to spark learning in youth in a variety of subject areas. They remain popular and highly circulated so see staff to inquire about them more.
All locations have a great selection of enhanced books referred to as Wonderbooks from Playaway. These popular juvenile reads are the full-sized version of books that include an audio component so that the book can be read to your child or he/she can read along with the audio. Additional educational content is included to help youth in retaining what they hear and read.