Children's Programs

Join the Library’s CS First Coding Club Fall Program for Youth 

Are you between the ages of 9-14 and interested in learning how to code?  If so, this is your invitation to join the CS First Coding Club at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library this Fall! Starting September 14 through November 2 on Thursdays, students, ages 11-14 will meet at 3:30 – 4:30 pm and students, ages 9-10 will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the Computer Lab. No experience is necessary: design and program your own video games and animations using Scratch code. Learn important gaming and computer science concepts while building racing games, mazes, and other fun digital projects. The CS First Coding Club is part of the Library’s Southern California Edison Building 21st Century Skills for Tweens and Teens’ grant. The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library provides access to technology tools with the goal of promoting education and success for everyone in our community. For more information about the free program, contact the library at (626) 307-1358.

Little Explorers

Thursday, September 7 at 11:00 am, Friends Room
Infants through preschool aged children are invited to discover all the fun that can be had with pool noodles! Each program will last 45 minutes to an hour. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear play clothes that can get dirty, as some activities may be messy.

Children’s Computer Classes

Wednesday, September 13 at 3:30 pm, Computer Lab
Monthly computer classes for 6 - 11 year olds that will teach kids the basic computer skills they need to complete homework assignments. The program will last 45 minutes to an hour and be held in the Computer Lab. 

Afterschool Art

Thursday, September 14 at 3:00 pm, Friends Room
Get creative at the library! Learn about Pointillism and create a work of art using only dots! For ages 5-12.

Back to School Tween Program

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm, Friends Room
School has begun! We will be celebrating by welcoming ages 8-12 to join us in decorating a notebook. Light refreshments will be provided for children who attend. 

Homeschooler Meet Ups 

Monday, September 11, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Children’s Department                                                                      
Meet up with other home school families at the library every second Monday of the month. Share ideas, discuss issues and meet new friends! No registration is required. 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

The library runs a year round reading program for children who have not yet entered kindergarten. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their child before he or she enters school – a goal experts say helps prepare children to be successful readers once they enter school. Reading to children helps to develop important literacy skills that provide a solid foundation for learning and academic success. This program has no end date except when a child enters school. For further information, please call the Children’s Desk at (626) 307-1358. To participate, parents can:
1. Sign up at the Children’s Desk of the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library to receive a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading log and tote bag.
2. Read together and write the titles on the reading log. If you read a book more than once, you can record it each time. Books read at library storytime, at daycare, or books that are read by others to your child also count!
3. After each 100 books, bring your reading log to the library to:
• Place your name on our giant Rainbow of Readers Board.
• Collect your next reading log.  
• Receive a prize. Prizes include magnets, pencils, finger puppets, books, flashcards and other small incentives.