Registration is NOT required
Ages 5 and older
2nd Wednesdays @ 3:30pm
4th Fridays @ 3:30pm
Ages 2 and older
1 Friday a month @ 3:30pm A Block Party is an hour long free play session with a set of universal wooden blocks, people, vehicles, animals, scarves and other accompanying materials where preschoolers have the freedom to build and play as they wish.
- Friday, April 29 @ 3:30pm
- Friday, May 20 @ 3:30pm
Registration is NOT required for weekly storytimes
Ages 18 months-3 years
Mon, April 18-May 23 @ 10:30am
Thurs, April 21-May 26 @ 10:30am
Ages 0-18 months
Fri, April 22-May 27 @ 10:30am
Registration is NOT required
Some programs have space limitations and are filled on a first come/first in basis
3rd Thursdays @ 6:30pm
Dance Me A Story
1 Monday a month @ 10:30am
A special movement storytime hosted by Lisa Oster from Darlington Arts. Please wear socks, as we remove our shoes!
*NO DANCE ME A STORY IN APRIL OR MAY*
Book Lists for Kids
- Grades PreK - 8 | Notable Children's Books for 2016 from ALSC
- All Ages | Book Trust's Best Book Guide of 2015
- All Ages | Scholastic's Top 100 Children's Books of All Time
- All Ages | 2016 ALSC Book & Media Award Winners
- Newbery Medal & Honor Books - Honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
- Caldecott Medal & Honor Books - Honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
- Coretta Scott King Award & Honor Books - Given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
- Michael L. Printz Award & Honor Books - Awarded for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
- Pura Belpré Medal & Honor Books - Presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
- Schneider Family Book Award - Honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
- Classroom Read-Alouds - These fun books are perfect for Mystery Readers, teachers, or anyone else reading aloud to a group of elementary school-aged kids.
- All Ages | Scholastic's 2016 Summer Reading List
- Grades K - 2 | Summer Reading List Ideas from ALSC
- Grades 3 - 5 | Summer Reading List Ideas from ALSC
- Grades 6 - 8 | Summer Reading List Ideas from ALSC
- Grades K - 2 | Graphic Novels Reading List from ALSC
- Grades 3 - 5 | Graphic Novels Reading List from ALSC
- Grades 6 - 8 | Graphic Novels Reading List from ALSC
Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers:
- Babies Need Words Every Day Booklist fr0m ALSC
- 101 Great Picture Books for Preschoolers
- It's Never Too Early: Great Books to Share With Babies and Toddlers
- It's Never Too Early: Great Books About Nutrition and Activity
- Informational Picture Books
- Easy Reader Books
ALSC is the Association for Library Service for Children which is a division of the American Library Association.
Check out children's program across the county with Eventkeeper, interact with TumbleBooks or BookFlix (which are best accessed through the DCLS homepage here), or work on early literacy, math, and science skills with Cruise Into Kindergarten by clicking on the buttons below:
The Youth Services Department is always in need of donations to support our programs. We always appreciate donations of crafting/art supplies as well as gift cards in any denomination to local stores. Have a gift card with a dollar or two left over? You can donate that too! Any amount to any store can be used for supplies, snacks or prizes for youth programs.
Tips For a Successful Storytime
1. Please arrive early to allow time to get settled, go to the bathroom, etc. Storytimes for younger ones are only 20 minutes long, so all our time together is valuable.
2. Participate with your child! Children learn from watching. Feel free to sing and read along. Storytime is a chance to interact with books and the experience will be so much richer if you help your child participate.
3. Minimize distractions. Please turn off all cell phones and tablets and save toys and snacks for after the program. Visiting with other parents is best saved for after storytime as well.
4. Keep reading! Check out new books each week. Asking questions and extending themes helps reinforce new information in your child’s mind. Kids love to tell you what they learned or what they remembered from storytime!
To Book A School/Daycare Visit
Please contact our children's librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 610.358.3445.
If you'd like to have your class visit our library, we welcome the opportunity to teach kids about the resources offered here.
If you're interested in a visit to the library, or having a librarian visit your school, please contact the librarian with the date you are interested in, age of children, group size and any particular topic or theme you may be studying.
- Weekly storytimes do not require registration!
- Most programs do not require registration! Any that do will be noted on the event poster and monthly calendar. Please call (610.358.3445) or stop into the library to sign up.
- Always check the current month’s calendar to make sure storytime is occurring. We try to maintain a schedule and conduct storytimes as regularly as possible but sometimes they may be cancelled.
- Anyone from anywhere is welcome to join us – you do not need to be a member of the library to participate in our programs. However, we cannot host daycares in our weekly storytimes. Please contact the children’s librarian (email@example.com) to set up a visit or an outreach to your location.
- Age ranges for storytimes are suggestions and are not adhered to strictly. The stories and songs presented in each storytime have been chosen based on these ages; however, each child is different and the parent can determine where their child is developmentally. On the border between Infant and Toddler? Try one of each and see which fits best for your child!
- Siblings are always welcome to attend programs.
- Our Facebook page will be updated for closures due to weather as well as any other cancellations of programs.