Welcome to the Children’s Department, a place for stories, imagination, play, and learning. In a fun and open environment, we offer a large selection of books, audiobooks, music, and movies for children from birth through sixth grade. It is our goal to provide resources which we hope will develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. Come and explore!
For children ages 5-10. Are you ready to experience STEAM in action? We’ll learn all about electrical conductors and insulators. Then, using conductive and resistant play dough, you’ll design and build your own electronic sculptures that light up, make sounds, and more. Registration is required and begins January 4.
Can a fairytale or picture book really be used to teach science? See how with Ms. Michelle. We’ll read the book together as a group, learn more about the story through our re-telling, then make a scientific craft of try some hands-on experiments together. This storytime is designed for children ages 3-5, but older siblings are welcome. Registration is required and begins three weeks in advance of the storytime date.
For children in grades 3-6. Learn the science of hot air balloons with some hands-on experiments in flight. After a brief demonstration, we’ll provide everyone with materials so they can make a flying balloon of their own. Registration is required and begins January 10.
For children of all ages. Spend Take Your Child to the Library Day watching a one-woman acrobatic performance by world-renowned Chinese acrobat Li Liu. Marvel at such jaw-dropping feats as hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, ribbon dancing, diabolos, and foot juggling. A limited number of volunteers will get to join Li onstage to create an impromptu ribbon dance and also to try their hand at plate spinning. Registration is required and begins January 13. Sponsored by the Shirley Martin Prown Fund.