Babies, Toddlers and Children
Black History Month
Motown Music, African Dance and Soul Food
This February, celebrate Black History Month by being a part of our read-in, sharing your migration story or by joining us at one of more of the following programs:
- DJOBI Wake Up Ensemble
- A Day with Lady K (Motown music)
- Dances from the Motherland (African dance)
- Soul Food Sampling (from J'Mae's Home Cooking)
- Sacred Steel Band
Enter Now - March 23
You get to spend the day with your BFF (book friend forever)! Which character will it be? Will you choose to invite them to your world or will you go explore theirs? Hogwarts, Wakanda, Wonderland - the only limit to this year's writing contest is your imagination.
The Library's Writing Contest is open to students in grades K-12 and is sponsored by the Library Legacy Foundation. Winners will receive cash prizes!Enter Now
Ready to Read
Our Ready to Read initiative helps parents prepare their children (ages birth to preschool) for kindergarten while providing the information and tools needed to build important early literacy skills.
There's no better place to hear a story than at the Library! Please join us for a variety of ongoing, regularly scheduled Storytimes, including Babytimes, Music & Movement Playdates and more!
101 Picture Book Challenge
We picked 101 of our favorite picture books and we want you to read them! Our list includes classics, new titles and everything in between. Sign up online or pick up a challenge book at any Library location.
Around the box and across the finish line! Kids (ages 4 – 6) will determine where the Code-a-pillar goes as they’re introduced to coding by sequencing a Code-a-pillar to move around the room.
Do you know a child who loves unicorns? Bring them to the Library and help find the missing unicorn, while making new friends!
(Th) Feb. 7 | 6:30 p.m. | Sanger
(W) Feb. 20 | 4 p.m. | Heatherdowns
(W) Feb. 27 | 7 p.m. | Point Place
(Tu) March 19 | 6 p.m. | Oregon
(M) March 25 | 10 a.m. | Waterville
(M) March 25 | 6:30 p.m. | Waterville
(Tu) April 2 | 4 p.m. | Washington
(Tu) April 23 | 4 p.m. | Birmingham
Create a unique work of art with Sharpie markers and your imagination! We will be decorating and improving upon ordinary objects.
(Sa) Feb. 9 | 2 p.m. | Sylvania
(Tu) Feb. 12 | 6:30 p.m. | Kent
(Tu) Feb. 26 | 4 p.m. | Birmingham
(W) March 6 | 4 p.m. | Lagrange
(Th) March 7 | 4 p.m. | Toledo Heights
(Tu) March 12 | 6:30 p.m. | Sanger
(W) March 13 | 4 p.m. | West Toledo
Programs for babies, toddlers and children
Code-A-Pillar Play Hour
Saturday Feb. 23
at 10:00 a.m.
Around the box and across the finish line! You will determine where the Code-a-pillar goes. Kids will get an introduction to coding by sequencing a Code-a-pillar to move around the room. For ages 4-6.Event Details for Code-A-Pillar Play Hour
Monday Feb. 25
at 10:00 a.m.
This storytime focuses on developing your baby's early literacy skills. Babies 0-18 months will be introduced to songs, movement, rhythm and rhyme designed to foster a love of books and reading.Event Details for Babytime
Monday Feb. 25
at 10:00 a.m.
Children ages 3-5 (and their favorite grown-up) will enjoy stories, songs, movement and more in this fun program designed to get them ready for Kindergarten.Event Details for Preschool Storytime
Cool Tools to Borrow
Telescopes | GoPro Cameras | Kids Tablets
Looking for something to keep the kids entertained for hours? Look no further than your Library! We offer a growing list of cool gadgets and tools that you can borrow and take home including:
- Playaway Launchpads (pre-loaded learning tablets just for kids)
- GoPro Camera Kits
Educational resources at the Library
Does your child need help with school assignments or improving their grades? Are you a teacher or childcare worker looking for books for your classroom? Find information about our Homework Helper program, teacher assignment alerts, book kits and more!
Inventive takes on the classic fairy tale The Three Little Pigs.Continue Reading: Peculiar versions of the Three Little Pigs
Play is intertwined with early childhood development in so many ways. Continue reading to learn more about the play and learn areas at the Library as well as the many important benefits of play.Continue Reading: The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Development
In celebration of Black History Month, we compiled a list of picture books to read with your child by noted African American authors. Some inspire young minds, some are just for fun, and all are perfect for enjoying together.Continue Reading: Fantastic Books for Kids by African American Authors