What’s in the Children’s Department?

A peek inside the happenings of a typical public library children's department.

Librarians work hard to develop kid-friendly activities and help families find books. Here are eight excellent ways your library can help a child form a lifelong love of reading!

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1. Programs

Libraries host programs that encourage children of all ages to read. Early childhood programs include storytelling, arts and crafts, or homework help. They also host young adult programs like book clubs, creative writing workshops, or poetry readings.

2. Storytime

Storytime hours and storytelling programs are when librarians read books aloud to visiting children and their families. These might be for any age group, level of sensory experience, and level of family involvement.

3. Book Displays and Lists

Librarians develop clever ways to encourage children to engage with books. Book displays immediately catch people’s attention, regardless of age. Interactive book displays are especially effective for children.

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4. Events

Libraries are community centers with kid-friendly activities that foster positive social interaction. Whether a teenager participates in your local library’s book club or a young child meets a friend in the kid’s section, libraries provide social opportunities for children.

5. Fun Play Areas

Many libraries have children’s sections fully stocked with books, toys, puzzles, and kid-friendly bookshelves that allow children to explore easily.

6. Computers

Computers are fun to interact with but are also a vital resource for students. Thankfully, libraries provide free computer access for all children at every grade level. Children are likely to welcome to use the local library’s computers and Wi-Fi. Many libraries have computers that are solely for children to use.

7. Friendly, Helpful Staff

Librarians are essential resources for children. Librarians can recommend age-appropriate books to children, assist them with research materials, and encourage them to participate in fun activities.

8. Reading Incentive Prizes

Librarians have caught on to hesitation surrounding reading incentive programs. As a response, they’ve gotten creative with prizes to encourage more children to participate. Fun examples of rewards include gift cards, candies, or toys.