Kids Read

"Owl Babies" Plumbs Depths of Fear & Love

As any parent or teacher will tell you, children feel things deeply - particularly fear and love. One classic picture book explores these emotions in a sensitive and gentle way. In "Owl Babies" by Marting Waddell, three young owl siblings must wait for their mother as she hunts in the woods.

While the youngest cries, again and again, "I want my Mommy!", the older owls explain why she is gone. (Who among us hasn't wanted our Mommys, even as grownups?)

Homework Help (& More) Is a Click Away!

Public libraries are natural places for learning, so it's not suprising that you can find a plethora of learning-related resources for children on, including...

  • Live tutoring online every day 2 to 11 p.m.

A squad of certified tutors are available every day from 2 until 11 p.m. to help with homework and explain concepts. All tutoring is done online (through the web site link above), making it convenient and immediate.

Play, Learn, Read @ the NEW Central Library!

It's been three years in the making, but the Central Library's renovation is complete, and we're open for business! Come on down and check out all of the great NEW elements, especially in the Children's Department.

Here are three features for children and families you should be sure to check out:

  • Book Bins

Little hands and eyes can flip through child-sized bins of books directly at their eye level - filled with beautiful, funny, lovely picture books chosen and curated by professional children's librarians.

A Mother Goose for Modern Times: Mother Bruce

Bruce is a grumpy bear just looking for some organic eggs. What he gets instead is the devotion, love, belonging - and frustration - that comes with having a family, whether he wants it or not.

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins is a delightful picture book that will appeal to preschool and older children because of its humor, particularly in just how grumpy Bruce is - and how unexpected his role as "mother" to a group of goslings is.

Build YOUR Reader with these 5 Activities

Academic research about early literacy development can be a little heavy on, well, academic terms. But it really all boils down to one idea: there are five basic activities you should do with babies and young children to set the foundation for future reading and school success: