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 and is available one week before the program.

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

This program is for ages 6-12.

Baby Storytime

CHECK THE CALENDAR FOR DATES AND TIMES.

Check the calendar for dates and times.

Babies (newborn to 18 months 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 Classroom. Check the current calendar for dates and times. The Storytime calendar observes all school holidays and closings, including those for extreme weather. 

Siblings are welcome to Baby Storytime.

Toddler Storytime

CHECK THE CALENDAR FOR DATES AND TIMES.

 Check the calendar for dates and times.

Little ones from ages 19 months to 42 months of age will listen to stories, sing songs, watch puppets, enjoy felt boards, and more. We will have a lot of fun together as your little one develops a lifelong love of reading!

Toddler Storytime takes place in the Classroom. Check the current calendar for dates and times. The Storytime calendar observes all school holidays and closings, including those for extreme weather. 

Siblings are welcome to Toddler Storytime.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays | 9:30AM-10AM

Keep an eye on the calendar for dates and times.

Preschool Storytime is for ages 43 months – 5 years. (Older or younger siblings are welcome!)

Preschoolers 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, at 9:30. Storytime is held in the Classroom.

The Storytime calendar observes all school holidays and closings, including those for extreme weather.

Homeschool Hangout

Check the calendar for dates and times

Homeschool Hangout is a structured program designed specifically for homeschooled families with children in kindergarten through twelfth grades (unless otherwise noted).

This program will take place in the Classroom. Please check the calendar for dates, times and age requirements as some programs may be for older children, and some for younger.

Registration is required and will be available one week prior to the program.

Tinker Tuesday

Tinker Tuesdays Will Return in September!

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 and will be available one week prior.

  • First Tuesdays -Write Now (ages 8-12)
  • Second Tuesdays – Story Lab (ages 6-12)
  • Third Tuesdays – Adventure Book Club (ages 9-12)
  • Fourth Tuesdays – Lego Club (ages 6-12)

Join a Waitlist

Is the program that you want to register for filled up? Join our waitlist and a staff member will contact you as soon as a spot is available.

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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