Children's Programs

For more information about programs for children, contact the children's desk at (626) 307-1358.

In-N-Out Reading Program

Saturday, October 7 - Saturday, November 18

Read five books and receive a certificate for a free burger from In-N-Out. Children ages 4-12 are eligible to participate. Sign ups begin October 7th and the program ends November 18th.

Family Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Saturday, October 21 - Tuesday, October 31

This year the library is getting into the Halloween spirit by having a pumpkin decorating contest! It’s easy and fun for the whole family. Be scary, daring, spooky, funny, or zany with your pumpkin. All submissions should be book themed and NO CARVED PUMPKINS ARE ALLOWED. Families may bring their decorated pumpkins to the Children’s desk to be entered into our contest from Saturday, October 21st - Tuesday, October 31st.

Costume Contest and Pumpkin Judging Party

Tuesday, October 31, 3:30 pm, Friends Room

Everyone is invited to come vote for your favorite pumpkin and participate in our costume party and contest! Light refreshments will be provided for those who attend.

​Little Explorers

Thursday, November 2, 11:00 OR 11:30 am, Friends Room
Infants through preschool aged children are invited to explore fall themed sensory bins! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear play clothes that can get dirty, as some activities may be messy.

​Children's Computer Class

Thursday, November 8, 3:30 pm, Computer Lab
Learn how to make holiday cards using Microsoft Word. The program will last 45 minutes to an hour and no registration is required. For ages 7-12.

​Afterschool Art

Thursday, November 9, 3:00 pm, Friends Room
Children ages 5-12 are invited to join us in creating a collaborative masterpiece.

Homeschooler Meet Up

Monday, November 13, 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.

​Robot Car Tween Program

Thursday, November 16, 3:00 pm, Friends Room
Kids 8-12 years old will develop their STEM skills to operate robotic cars, create a maze, and build their car.

Homework Help

Monday-Wednesday, 3:30-5:00 pm, Children's Department
The Library offers free homework assistance to elementary school children during the academic year. Students may bring in assignments and receive help from high school volunteers. No registration is required but parents must remain with their children – this is not a drop off program.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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.

To participate, parents can:
1. Sign up at the Children’s Desk 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 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 Readers Board.
  • Collect your next reading log.
  • Receive a prize. Prizes include magnets, pencils, finger puppets,books, flashcards and other small incentives.