There are over 33,000 books in the children’s library! Library materials for children are available for all reading levels and interests. The library encourages parents, guardians, and mentors to take an active role in helping individual children choose books that are the best fit for them and their families.
The library offers more than just books! Over 1,000 movies for children are available for physical checkout. There are also over 100 children’s books that are accompanied by audio and video components.
Programs for children are restricted to participants under the age of twelve. Time devoted to children at the library serves a safe space for them to freely think, express their creativity, and learn. Below is an explanation of the library’s regular programs for children. Additionally, over 100 standalone music CDs are included in the Children’s Library. For digital content, please refer to the library’s list of online databases.
Books and Barks: Books and Barks is offered the first Saturday of every month from 1:30pm to 2:30pm, October - May. Members of the Mountaineer Therapy Dogs and their handlers visit the library to read with children. Many children find reading to an adult intimidating, but the never judgmental canine can be a perfect reading partner for children. All children between four and twelve are welcome to read with the dogs! Registration for a fifteen minute time slot is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s back circulation desk.
Kids’ Movie Night: This program is a community favorite and a wonderful opportunity for families to get together for a relaxed evening at the library! New children’s films recently released on DVD serve as the feature presentations during one Friday night a month, (September – May at 6:00pm). Films featured during these events never bare a maturity rating higher than PG. All children between the ages of four and twelve are welcome! Pizza, popcorn, and refreshments are provided. Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s back circulation desk.
Pizza and Pages: This program is a book discussion group for children between the ages of eight and twelve. Participants meet once a month, usually the second Thursday of the month at 6:00pm, to discuss the designated reading. The Children’s Librarian selects the books and multiple copies are available to borrow in preparation for discussion. Pizza and refreshments are provided. Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s back circulation desk.
Story Laboratory: This program brings together books and hands on activities! Specially selected books, based on a designated theme, are read to children while attendees work on a craft project related to the stories. This program is generally offered on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00pm. All children between the ages of four and twelve are welcome! Registration is required and can be easily done by calling the library at 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s back circulation desk.
Story Time: Story Time is an early literacy program for children under three years of age offered every Friday at 10:30am. Books are read to children and their reading experience is expanded with interactive songs and the use of basic musical instruments. All are welcome!
Summer Reading is a special time at the library for all age groups. In June and July every year, the library provides more programs, recommending reading lists, reading challenges, and prizes! Summer Reading programs for children are generally offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays with multiple sections of the same event to better accommodate working parents. Registration is required for Summer Reading as well as for individual events.
If you have questions about books or programs for children, please contact Amy at the library at 304-842-8248.