Children

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

--Jamie Ford, American writer

  1. Programs

Storytime kids as spidersStorytime (postponed)

  • Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am (same program offered each week). 
  • Includes stories, songs, crafts, and more!
  • Especially tailored with preschool children in mind; parents must be accompanied by children.

Saturday Family Fun Day (postponed)

  • Morning Session (9:30-11:30 am) features crafts, LEGO building, storytime, and more!
  • Afternoon Session (1:00-3:00 pm) features a PG movie and fresh popcorn (drinks not provided)
  1. Resources

1000 Books1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Children who are not yet enrolled in Kindergarten may participate in this free, ongoing program which encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their child before he/she enters school.  Visit 1000 Books Before Kindergarten website for reading lists, available apps, and fun activities.  Tracking charts are available at the library. 

BookFlix

BookFlix is a digital literacy resource which pairs video storybooks with non-fiction eBooks on similar subjects.  Lesson plans, games, and other resources are also included.  A valid library card is required to access this resource.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

In partnership with local affiliate Mission Marshall, the library offers registration forms (PDF) for this book gifting program which mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter the family’s income.

eBooks for Kids

Libby for kids features fiction and non-fiction books, award-winning picture and chapter books, classics, series, and more! A valid library card is required.

Jungle Junior

Jungle Junior is an interactive typing game designed to teach kids keyboard basics using colorful videos and interactive lessons.

  1. book lists

2x2 Reading List from the Texas Library Association (TLA) is especially for children ages 2 through 2nd grade. The website also includes a coloring page and suggestions for extension activities.

Best Children's Books of the Year, as determined by Bank Street College of Education, recommends books for kids under 5 (PDF), kids age 5-9 (PDF), and kids 9-12 (PDF) based on a number of criteria.  Visit the Tweens and Teens page to view lists for ages 12 and up.

Caldecott Medal, awarded by the American Library Association (ALA), is given to the artist who has created the most distinguished picture book of the year.  

Coretta Scott King Book Awards are 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. 

Little Maverick is a recommended reading list from TLA of graphic novels designed for children in grades K-5.

Newbery Medal, awarded by ALA, is given annually to the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. 

Read Brightly includes book suggestions for babies through teens as well as includes reading tips and activities.  An emailed newsletter featuring new and notable titles is also available.

Reading Rockets offers a book finder tool that allows readers to create a customized list of books by author, illustrator, age, reading level, genre, topic, as well as by countries and regions.

Tejas Star provides a recommended reading list from TLA to encourage children ages 5-12 to explore multicultural books.  

Texas Bluebonnet Award List from TLA is especially for children in 3rd through 6th grade. 

(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award is given annually by ALA to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English.