Children’s Programs

"The library is like a candy store where everything is free".

~~Jamie Ford, American writer (1968-  )

Scavenger Hunt

For this month's scavenger hunt, kids are invited to locate all the turkey critters hanging out in the children's section.  Find all the secret words, unscramble the words to make a sentence, and return the paper to the front desk to have a chance at winning a copy of Mercer Mayer's book Just a Special Thanksgiving.  

Storytime Sessions

Storytime Sessions with Ms. Felicia are on Wednesdays---10:30 a.m. for kids 5 and under & 3:30 p.m. for kids 5 and up. The theme for this session will be "Make A Friend". Come join in the fun! Complete information can be found on this flyer or by calling the library at (903) 935-4465.  


Kids Book Club

Join our book club for 3rd-5th grade readers!  The book for this session is Franny K. Stein: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton.  Books will be distributed on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m., and kids can enjoy the book on their own or read it with their parent.  Then on Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m., we will have a fun time with activities, snacks, and discussion of the book at the REVIEW meeting!  To sign up, call the library at (903) 935-4465. Here's a refrigerator-friendly flyer to print and share!  

Dinovember Celebration

Kids are invited to bring their favorite dinosaurs and come celebrate all things dinosaur in our first ever Dinovember Celebration!  The dino-riffic fun will be on Tuesday, November 24. Here's the schedule for the day:

10:00-11:30 a.m.: Dino Crafts & Activities (come-n-go)

2:00 p.m.: DINOSAUR movie (PG; movie details

4:00 p.m.: Dino-BINGO (with prizes!)

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for pictures of what our library dinosaurs are up to!  

Second Saturday Family Storytime

Come join us on the 2nd Saturday of each month for a special family storytime where every age is welcome!  The next family storytime will be December 12 at 10:00 a.m.  We'll be decorating cookies and enjoying a visit from Santa!  This is free and open to all!  Here's a Santa-approved flyer.


Monday Movie Matinee (for the young and young-at-heart)

November 23 @ 2:00 p.m.: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

                                       December 21 @ 2:00 p.m.: Frozen Sing-Along

Snow Much Fun

We love kids!  We love crafts!  Put them together, and we'll have snow much fun! Kids are invited to come join us for crafts on Tuesday, December 22.  This is a free, come-n-go event between 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and all supplies are provided.

2nd Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Just like last year, kids and their animal friends are invited for stories and songs at our 2nd Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover on Wednesday, December 30 at 4:30 p.m.  When the library closes, the animal friends stay and spend the night.  On Thursday, December 31 at 10:30 a.m., kids are invited to return for breakfast, pick up their animal friends, and hear all about their overnight library adventures!


Special Programs

Children who are not yet enrolled in Kindergarten are invited to participate in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  This free, ongoing program encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their child(ren) before he/she enters school.  Parents can pick up a booklet at the library and keep track of titles read (yes, books can be read more than once and count each time!).  Upon completion of every 100 books read, return the booklet to the library to receive a sticker.  When 1,000 books have been read, bring the booklet to the library for a final time and receive a prize.  Questions?  Email us at or call us at (903) 935-4465.  Here are some online resources available for this program:

1000 Books website | iPhone App | 1000 Books Reading Lists


Reading Lists from Texas Library Association


The 2x2 Reading List is especially for children ages 2-2nd grade.  Print out this coloring sheet and for every book read or listened to, color the corresponding section.  When the coloring sheet is complete, bring it to the Marshall Public Library for a prize!



The Texas Bluebonnet Award List is especially for children in 3rd-6th grade. Print out this coloring sheet and for every book read or listened to, color the corresponding section. When the coloring sheet is complete, bring it to the Marshall Public Library for a prize!

Children's Book Awards

Here are links to quality, award-winning books perfect for kids (and kids at heart)!

Newbery Medal | Caldecott Medal | Children's Choice Book Awards | Coretta Scott King Award

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award | Theodor (Dr. Seuss) Geisel Award | Other Notable Books

Bank Street College Children's Book Committee Best Children's Books 2015 | 2010-2014

















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