Children's Services

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.

Early Literacy (ages 0 - 4)

Learning begins at birth and parents are a child's first and most important teacher. Early literacy encompasses what children need to experience before they learn how to read and write. This begins in the first three years of a child's life and is related to the interaction children have with books, everyday language, singing, scribbling and playing. Help your child get ready to read with simple activities every day including:

  • Talking with children is one of the best ways to help them learn new words and information.
  • Singing is a natural way for children to learn about language.
  • Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read.
  • Writing and reading go together. Scribbling and writing help children learn that written words stand for spoken language.
  • Playing helps children put thoughts into words and think symbolically so they understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences.


Independent Literacy (ages 5 - 11)

The library offers reading recommendations, online resources, booklists, programs, and student support.  Libraries serve as extensions of the classroom, offering resources students need to succeed in school.

  • Book Suggestions are available from knowledgeable library staff both online and in-person.
  • Educational Support can be found through free online resources, programs, collections, as well as library spaces for studying and learning.
  • Parent Support is provided through workshops, online resources, and knowledgeable library staff.
  • Resources can be found through online and print materials as well as knowledgeable staff.


TumbleBooks is a collection of animated, talking picture books. TumbleBooks can be read by you or to you! The collection includes story books, books in French and Spanish for language learning, non-fiction books, graphic novels, puzzles and games.


Bookhive lets you search hundreds of children's book reviewsby title, author, reading level, interest category, and number of pages; new reviews monthly.

Get Set 4 K

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


StoryPlace is the Library's bilingual website for young children.  Listen to stories and explore interactive online activities and games. 

Autism Reference Collection

You can find the Autism Reference Collection in Spangler Library at ImaginOn. (Live Homework Help)

Get free homework help from a live, online, qualified tutor—up to 10 free tutoring sessions each week! All you need is a library card and an Internet connection. You can use Live Homework Help from home, school and even the Library.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

A database, in e-book format, of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for research topics on the arts, biographies, education, and more.

Boys Rule Boys Read

A place for boys to find terrific books and tell other boys about great reading.

Storytime & Children's Programs

Literacy Activities

Saturday, November 28 10:00 AM

Participate in a variety of self-directed literacy activities that support the five early literacy practices as identified by the Every Child Read to Read program: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Every Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Paws to Read

Saturday, November 28 10:30 AM

Children boost reading skills and confidence by reading to a certified therapy dog.

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Paws to Read

Saturday, November 28 10:30 AM
Mint Hill

Children boost reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to a volunteer therapy dog.

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Recent Blog Posts

Books that would make great gifts

Friday, November 20, 2015
Looking for gift ideas? Books always make a great choice. Dana Eure is the Library's Associate Director of Lifelong Learning, and she offered several librarian picks in a guest appearance on WCNC's "Charlotte Today" Monday, Nov.

Contact Children's Services

Phone: 704-416-4639
Emily Nanney, Children's Services Coordinator

Phone: 704-416-4606
Barbara Cantisano, Early Literacy Coordinator

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Hours of Operation

Monday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: Closed