- Reading challenges for ages 0-13.
- Activities and events at the library for children and families.
- Books, books and more books (and librarians and booklists to guide the way!)
We have three different reading challenges this year. Two are for ages 3-13 (you can do both!) and one is for ages 0-2. Click here to see learn more about these challenges.
New this year! You now have two options for participating in our reading challenges. You can use the traditional paper log OR participate with our new digital program powered by Beanstack which allows you to track online or through a mobile app. Both programs are identical in requirements and prizes – so choose one way to participate. Paper logs are available beginning May 28 and the digital challenges begin the same day. To learn more about the digital option click here.
Are you a camp or day care leader? Be sure to get our flyer for camps and day cares as participation guidelines for programs and reading challenges differ for groups. We cannot accommodate more than 5 children from any one day care or camp at any of our activities and events. This includes two groups of five from the same camp or day care. - Day Care & Camp Flyer
Key Dates to remember
Our regular program schedule will be from June 3 – July 26 with no programs the week of July 4th. See calendars for details.
Baby Time: Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Baby-friendly play time followed by songs, rhymes, puppets, stories and interactive fun for children ages 0-2. Large Meeting Room. Baby Time Flyer
Time for Twos: Tuesdays at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Songs, rhymes, puppets, stories and interactive fun for children ages 2-3 followed by a time for play and socialization. Children’s Department. Time for Twos Flyer
Treasure Time: Wednesdays 11:15 a.m
Children ages 3-6 years explore the treasures we find in books mixed with songs, poetry, puppets, science and social learning. Our program is followed by a time for open-ended play and socialization. Large Meeting Room. Treasure Time Flyer
*Curiosity Club: Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.
Children ages 6-10 years will explore longer fiction and nonfiction picture books followed by discussion and hands-on activities. *You must arrive NO later than 2:45 p.m. to participate in this program See flyer for details. Large Meeting Room. Curiosity Club Flyer
*Middle Grade Book Club: Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.
Youth ages 10-13 are invited to a book discussion followed by hands-on activities. *You must arrive NO later than 2:45 p.m. to participate in this program. See flyer for details. Large Meeting Room.
Middle Grade Book Club + Writing Workshop Flyer
Middle Grade Book Club Fact Sheet for Parents
The goal for our age-specific programs is to provide a developmentally-appropriate space for children. We understand that this can be challenging with children of multiple ages in the family so we have intentionally created multi-age programs and as flexible as possible guidelines to help meet your family’s needs.
*Most of our programs require an adult to attend with the child. Programs with an asterisk are geared for children to attend independently. Younger siblings cannot attend these programs. Parents should remain in the library during the program.
Sing, Play and Dance Mondays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. for ages 0-5
This is a lively program that builds early literacy skills through music, rhymes and interactive fun. Program is followed by a time of play with activities for all ages 0-5. Sing, Play and Dance Flyer
Story Builders: Mondays 2:30-5:30 p.m. All ages welcome but geared to ages 4-13 years
2:30 p.m. Story
2:45-4:00 Building Time
4:00 p.m. Story
4:15-5:30 p.m. Building Time
We will start by reading a book together and sharing some conversation. After the story we will have independent time to explore available building materials including legos, magna tiles, KEVA planks and more. Arrive by 5:15 to build. Our building space closes at 5:30. Story Builders Flyer
Art of the Story: Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 p.m. All ages welcome but geared to ages 4-13 years
2:30 p.m. Story
2:45-4:00 Art Time
4:00 p.m. Story
4:15-5:30 p.m. Art Time
We will start by reading a book together and sharing some conversation. After the story we will have independent time to dive into our weekly art projects. Arrive by 5:15 to do art. Tables close at 5:30. Art of the Story Flyer
Pajama Story Time: Thursdays 7-8:30 p.m. All ages.
Put on your pjs and come hear stories, meet our community partners, make art, and build. Pajama Story Time Flyer
Family Book Club – Saturday June 22 at 11 a.m. and July 13 at 11 a.m.
See the calendar for the book being read for each date. Books will be available for checkout in the children’s department. At our session, we will play a life-sized board game about the book. Afterwards we will have our KEVA planks out for a time of building. Family Book Club Flyer
Picture Book Trail at the Ridge Nature Area (Southern Conservation Trust) Open June 1 – July 31.
Take a walk on a short trail near the picnic table area at the Ridge and read The Forever Garden by Laurel Snyder while you walk. See our Picture Book Trail flyer for more details.
Feed the Universe: Summertime Food Drive
The library partners with Fayette Samaritans to collect non-perishable food items May 28-August 3. Drop off donations inside the library. Summer 2019 Food Drive Flyer
Parents of babies 0-12 months are invited to join Piedmont Hospital for an informative program. Second Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m.
Practice your reading skills by signing up to read with Oreo or Gracie. See calendar for dates and times. (Ages 6 and up)
Reading R.A.C.K. (Reading Advice for Caregivers and Kids)
Our library staff is always happy to help you find books and materials and make suggestions. Additionally, in our children’s department we have a rack with a variety of notebooks with book lists, book marks and other resources we have created to guide your child’s journey of reading and learning.
Line-Up Your Next Great Read
Line-Up Your Next Great Read is a bulletin board we have hanging in the back of the children’s department. There is a line hanging on the board with laminated reading lists attached with clothespins. Feel free to take down a list to help you browse and return the list when you are through.
Many of our booklists are also available online through Beanstack. You will find these lists under your Recommendations tab when you are on the reader’s main page.