Programs for Kids

Our kids’ programs delight and entertain children with engaging stories, reading, and learning that instills curiosity and wonder about the world around them.

Read to a Therapy Dog

SECOND WEDNESDAYS | 3:30PM-5 PM

Therapy Partners, Inc. partners with the library to provide this program on the second Wednesday of each month from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required.

Children in first through sixth grades will have 15 minutes each to read to a therapy dog, giving them an attentive, always appreciative audience.

Baby Storytime

CHECK THE CALENDAR FOR DATES AND TIMES.

Babies ages 0 to 2 years old listen to stories, sing songs, watch finger puppets, enjoy felt boards, and more. We will have a lot of fun together as your baby develops a lifelong love of reading!

Baby Storytime takes place in the Claborn Children’s Room. Check the current calendar for dates and times.

Please note that the Claborn Children’s Room is closed to the public during this time. Our staff will happily assist you with any needs until the programs are finished.

Siblings are welcome to Baby Storytime.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays | 9:30AM-10AM &
10:30AM-11:00AM

Preschool Storytime is for ages 3-5. (Older or younger siblings are welcome!)

Babies and preschoolers (up to age 5) have a ball weekly as they listen to stories, sing songs, make crafts, and more! Storytimes are entirely free to attend for county residents and do not require pre-registration. Two sessions are held each Wednesday, the first from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and another from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Storytime is held in the Claborn Children’s Room.

The Storytime calendar observes all school holidays and closings, including those for extreme weather. The Claborn Children’s Room is unavailable while programs are being conducted. Our staff will happily assist you with any needs until the programs are finished.

Polar Express
Pajama Storytime

December 16th
Ages 3-11
(Siblings welcome!)

Join us on Friday, December 16th at 5pm as we catch the Polar Express!  

This pajama storytime is geared for ages 3-11, but siblings are welcome.  All participants are encouraged (but not required) to wear their favorite pajamas as we listen to the classic tale of ‘The Polar Express’.

All Aboard!

Homeschool Hangout

Grades K-12
Fridays 11:30-12:30
Community Room

Homeschool Hangout is a program designed specifically for homeschool Families.  The group meets every Friday from 11:30-12:30 in the library Community Room.  This program includes homeschoolers of all ages, from kindergarten through twelfth grades!

Tinker Tuesday

Tinker Tuesdays are classes for children incorporating S.T.E.A.M. (Science, technology, engineering, art, math). The classes rotate four focus areas each month to suit the ages and specific interests of participants and are listed below. Registration for each class is required.

  • First Tuesdays Lego Club (ages 6-11)
  • Second Tuesdays Craft Club (ages 6-11)
  • Third Tuesdays Mega Fun Club (ages 3-5)
  • Fourth Tuesdays Story Lab (ages 6-11)

Games and Educational Resources


Click the links below to visit the many online resources available to children for reading, homework help, virtual field trips, and more.

The Brown Bookshelf

Build awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers.

Disney Junior Online

Games featuring Mickey, Jasmine, Han Solo, and more

FunBrain

Hundreds of educational games, books, comics, and videos

Homework Alabama

Online tutoring and academic resource

International Children’s Library

Children’s books in a vast number of languages

Khan Academy

Personalized learning help

Meddybemps.com

High-quality educational resource for families with young children

Newbery Awards

Find distinguished contributions to American literature for children since 1922

Outstanding International Book List

A yearly list of outstanding books from all over the world, assembled by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)

PBS Kids

Curriculum-based entertainment

Social Justice Books

Multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators

Virtual Field Trips

Visit other states, countries across the globe, and even other planets

We Need Diverse Books

Children’s book lover organization that advocates literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people

If you have questions or suggestions about our programming for kids, contact Amanda Coleman, ALCPL Youth Services Coordinator, at acoleman@alcpl.org or 256-232-1233.

ONLINE RESOURCES

  • Homework Help for Kids
  • Job Seeker Resources
  • Family Research Tools
  • Learning & DIY Guides
  • Legal Resources

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