Children

  • Columbus Metropolitan Responds to Hunger: Summer Meals and More

    As a library looks ahead to its busiest programming schedule of the year, why would it consider becoming a summer meal site? At Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), staff realized kids were hungry from the time they arrived at 9am until they left at ...

  • Hunger and Libraries: Snacks, Backpacks and More

    Autumn is an excellent time of year to highlight ways libraries are fighting hunger in their communities, and October is a great month to start planning for summer lunch and learning programs. Below you’ll find a list of some resources for learning m...

  • 'Virtual Story Time' Offers a New Way to Experience Books


    Story time is a popular tradition at public libraries throughout the country, but story time events at the Tennessee State Library and Archives have a special twist: instead of performing with groups of eager children crowded at her feet, the li...

  • Play is Learning: The Renovation of a Children's Room

    The Kirkwood Public Library (MO) recently embarked on a renovation of their Children's room. Through generous private donations and the library staff's planning efforts, a well-thought out and designed space was created for the community. The idea th...

  • Money as You Grow Book Club: How to Help Families Build Their Children’s Money Skills

    Most parents and caregivers agree it's important to prepare their children to be financially smart. They want the best for their children, and that includes the skills to manage day-to-day finances and keep on track for achieving what they want in li...

  • Expanding Opportunities for Incarcerated Parents and Their Families at the Free Library of Philadelphia

    The Free Library of Philadelphia has spent several years working on building a relationship and programs with the Philadelphia Department of Prisons on a program to connect incarcerated individuals to books and to their families. The library recently...

  • A Children's Garden at Avon Lake Public Library

    The Avon Lake Public Library (OH) created a children's garden. They provided the opportunity for young patrons to learn about farming, farm animals, and raising food, as well as the experience of digging in the dirt and planting, harvesting and eatin...

  • Board Games: Rapid Review Roundup

    Welcome to Rapid Review Roundup! In each Roundup I will pull five games of a similar theme, mechanism, or age demographic and provide a brief overview of each. I'll discuss how they play and what I think of them. In this edition, let’s examine some c...

  • Program Idea: Homeschool Libratory

    A program for homeschooling families is something your library can do that is of great value to the community. It costs little. And it drives a lot of traffic and circulation. But best of all, we really look forward to this happy group of young patro...

  • Libraries Provide Much Needed Access to Nutrition in the Summer

    According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 13.1 million children under 18 in the United States live in food-insecure households. And even as the number of children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals increases, according to the Foo...