Youth Services

Reading to young children for as little as twenty minutes a day helps to develop language skills, improve listening and comprehension, and prepares children to read by themselves. Older children improve their vocabulary, strengthen their writing and verbal skills, and develop their knowledge of the world. Reading aloud to your children is the most effective way to create a lifelong love of reading and learning.

The Young People’s Area is located on the second floor of the library. Our youngest patrons can find board books, picture books, and easy readers in the De Angeli Room. Fiction, non-fiction, audiobooks, magazines, and reference materials are located in the central section of the Young People’s Area for middle and older readers. Graphic novels and young adult fiction is located on the Frazer Avenue wall between the adult periodicals and the children’s section.

We have two levels of Literacy Enrichment Classes for young children:

Building Blocks is a program for children 18-35 months old, which meets on Friday mornings. Building Blocks features stories, songs, finger plays, and playtime.

Three, four, and five year olds are invited to join us for Ready to Read, which takes place on Thursday mornings.  Ready to Read features stories, songs, finger plays, snacks, playtime, and a make-at-home craft package. In this program, children will concentrate on listening comprehension, language skills, and peer socialization.

Both classes begin promptly at 10 am in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room.

To register for these programs, email  Please include your child’s name, age, and your phone number, and indicate the class you are registering for in  the subject heading.  We look forward to seeing you soon!