Children's Programs

Tween Program

Thursday, May 18 at 3:00 pm, Friends Room
Our monthly tween programs are just for children 8 - 12 years of age. This month will feature a Paper Engineering Challenge. The program will last 45 minutes to an hour and snacks will be provided for children.

Children’s Summer Library Program

Read books, win prizes, have fun! The Children’s Summer Reading Program Registration starts May 30! Children ages 0-12 can participate by signing up at the Children’s Desk to receive a log to keep track of the books they read or listen to over the summer. Throughout the summer kids receive prizes for the time that they read. National research has shown that children who read at least six books over the summer score higher in both reading and math when they return to school in the fall. This program continues through July 31 and also features weekly activities for the whole family including movies, game nights, storytimes, puppet shows, musical performances and magicians. All programs and activities are completely free of charge. Come into the library to pick up a flyer, or check the library website at for more details.

Family Magic Show

Monday, June 5 at 6:30 pm Barnes Park Amphitheater Bring the whole family for a special Summer Celebration featuring Arty Loon performing comedy magic, amazing illusions, spectacular juggling, hilarious puppetry, and tons of audience participation. The performance will take place in the Barnes Park Amphitheater. All ages are welcome. No registration required!

Family Game Nights

Mondays, June 12, 19 and 26, 6:30 to 7:30 pm Visit the Library for an evening of board games and family fun in the Friends Room. No registration required.

Mad Science at the Library

Thursday, June 22 at 4:00 pm Connect with your friends through the power of electricity! In this show, Mad Science presenters will focus on electric based experiments that will literally make your hair stand up. Children will experience science hands on and learn about the contributions of inventors Robert Jemison Van de Graaff and Nikola Tesla. Programs are free of charge and no registration is required, however attendance is strictly limited to the first 100 people. Program will be held in the Friends Room. All ages are welcome!

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.

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