Children’s programs grow young minds, helping to prepare children for success in school and in life. The library offers a variety of programming for children starting from the time they are born. Programs presented are appropriate for the age of the child and comply with the Pennsylvania Standards for Early Learning and School Readiness.

Summer programs help to prevent the summer slip, keeping kids on their journey to learning and achievement in school.

Due to space limitations, our programs generally require that you pre-register your child to attend. Some programs have nominal fees for registration.

For details on program dates please visit our calendar by clicking here.

Smart Start Story Time

Join Miss Ronice for this free program for parents, grandparents, caregivers and their babies, birth to 23 months of age, featuring books, songs and nursery rhymes. No registration is needed for this free program, however class sizes are limited, and participation is on a first-come first-served basis. Supported by the Lebanon County Library District.

Little Explorers Early Learning Classes

These outstanding programs are offered by Miss Amy, our Children’s Librarian, for children ages two through Kindergarten on a rotating schedule. The classes last for 30-45 minutes. All require pre-registration.

Little Explorers sessions are offered throughout the year as follows:

Winter/Spring – January through March
Summer – June through July
Fall/Winter – September through November

2 Years Old – 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Monday (Tuesday for Summer)
3 Years Old – Kindergarten – 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday
3 Years Old – Kindergarten – 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Thursday or 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Thursday

All children must be pre-registered to attend and the sessions require a $5.00 one time registration fee. (No fee in the summer)

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Early literacy starts with you! Help your child get ready to read!

  • A home life that includes positive experiences with reading and the library ensures positive attitudes for reading once in school.
  • Vocabulary can be developed by sharing books.
  • Researchers tell us that children who hear and use lots of words before they enter Kindergarten are better prepared to succeed at reading and writing.

The library offers a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to help your child excel. Register your child for this ongoing program and you will receive a reading log where you can color a circle for every book that is read to your child. After the first 100 books, your child will receive a plastic book bag they can use to carry their library books. For each 100 more books, they will receive a scented sticker, with a special prize at the 500 book milestone. After 1,000 books, your child will receive a certificate proclaiming their amazing reading record, a free book and the choice to have their picture on our Wall of Reading Stars!

1,000 books may sound like a lot, but if you read three books to your child each day, in only one year, you will have read 1,095 books! It also does not matter if your child wants to hear the same book over and over; it counts as one book each time you read it, since repetition is good for children.

Elementary Age After School Programs

The library offers after school programming to youths in grades one through six through our monthly MakerSpace. Each session provides young people an opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics through hands-on projects. Makerspace is held the 3rd Tuesday of each month from September through April, 3:30pm – 5:00pm.