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Children's Services, ages birth to 11

Children’s Services includes children from birth to age 11 as well as their parents and caregivers. The library offers workshops, storytimes, books and activities to help nurture a love of reading and learning. We also have children’s areas in every library where parents and children can read, play and learn.

For young children age 0-4

Early literacy

Learning begins at birth and parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. Help your child get ready to read with these activities and resources offered by your library.

Getting ready for school

  • Get Set for K - Help your young child prepare for kindergarten with the Library's month-by-month guide to school readiness.

More fun and free programs

Reading picks

To get you started, we offer these recommendations. For more, ask your local librarian.

  • Bookhive is the Library's website that lets you search hundreds of children's book reviews (ages birth - 12 years) by title, author, reading level, interest category, and number of pages. New book reviews are added monthly.
  • Looking for booklists by age? View our Top Picks book lists for children on Bookhive.
  • Our children's staff write the "Book Corner" articles for each issue of Little Ones Magazine. These articles offer tips for reading to your little one, and give seasonal reading recommendations. Browse the current issue.
  • Autism Reference Collection in Spangler at ImaginOn in the catalog

Online fun and learning

  • Storyplace is the Library's bilingual website for young children. Listen to online stories and explore interactive online activities and games.
  • Tumblebooks offers animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.

For children age 5-11

Fun and free programs

  • Most library branches offer regular events and activities for children of all ages. Art workshops, puppet shows, magic shows, even opportunities to read to friendly, book-loving dogs! Find all this and more at your local library. Search by age, location and interest here.
  • Summer Reading - Free activities, events and incentives encourage children to read and have fun at the library all summer long -- and prevent loss of reading skills over the summer.
  • Sensory programs – include activities specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities.

Student support

Libraries serve as extensions of the classroom, offering all the resources students need to succeed in school.

  • STEM programs - hands-on workshops that spark kids' interest in science and technology. Search by keyword on our Programs page.
  • Live Homework Help – A free, online tutoring service for grades K-12 powered by (For mobile devices search for To Go from your app store.)
  • Places for kids to study and learn at the library.
  • Online homework resources and information. See children's resources.
  • Books, movies and magazines on every subject imaginable, in the library and online.
  • Free computer use and Wi-Fi access at every library.
  • Friendly librarians to guide students to the books and resources they need.
  • Supporting Student Success – Learn about our strategic partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and how we’re working together to help students in our community.

Educational links

Reading picks

To get you started, we offer these recommendations. For more, ask your local children's librarian.

Contact information

Planning a Group Visit to the Library

Questions about Children’s Services? Please contact:

Emily Nanney, Children’s Services Coordinator
Barbara Cantisano, Early Literacy Coordinator

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