Children's Department banner with lily pads and frogs

Located on the top floor of the Library overlooking Lake Anna, the Children's Department is a destination spot for children and families.  Children from birth to age 12 and the adults who work with them will find a well-rounded collection of books, magazines, audiobooks, music and movies, as well as a friendly and knowledgeable staff.  Children will also find a variety of games, toys and activities to complete and play with any time they visit the Library.  With parental permission, several computers with access to the Internet are available.  Additionally, preschoolers can play on our early literacy computer station and older children can play on our AfterSchool Edge computer station.  Both are loaded with hundreds of learning games.  We also offer a full range of programming for children of all ages. 


Looking for a fun and flexible way to keep your children reading year round?  During January - May, the Children's Department will offer monthly reading challenges for kids and families to complete.  No sign-ups are necessary for the challenges, and prizes will be awarded to those who complete the challenge each month.  Simply find out what the challenge is, complete it and visit the library to collect your prize.

February 2019 Children’s Reading Challenge
Read a Winner

Choose a book to read that has won an award for either the illustrations or the story.  Each year, the American Library Association hands out awards in many: picture books and easy readers, chapter books and non-fiction, even audiobooks get awards!  Once you have read (or listened to) your book, visit the library to collect a prize and enter a drawing to win a copy of a recent award winner.  Need help choosing a title? Our Children's Librarians will be happy to help, or you can check out the links below.  Happy Reading!  Prizes must be collected by February 28.

Buckeye Book Award
American Library Association Youth Media Awards (includes the Caldecott & Newbery medal winners)
The Boston Globe Horn Book Awards
National Book Awards


Feburary 27th is National Polar Bear Day! Check out our Polar Bear Pinterest Board for some books, activities, snacks and craft ideas all about polar bears.

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