Our Youth Services Department serves children from birth – high school. We offer a large collection of print materials as well as ebooks, e-audiobooks, and online resources. You have a full library at your fingertips – even when our building is not open!
We also offer programs, classes, and special events for all age groups too. Click through our website and take a peek at everything we offer!
October’s Book Lists:
October 2021 – Due to the surge of Covid cases, we will not be offering any indoor programming. We will continue to offer outdoor storytimes, grab & go crafts kits, and other “at home” activities. We will monitor the current situation monthly and make any necessary changes to provide safe opportunities for both library patrons and staff.
Stay safe & healthy!
October Family Challenge
Get ready to make some BOO-tiful fashion designs for our Skeleton Runway Virtual Fashion show!
Please visit our Event’s Calendar to register October 11-15, 2021.
General Program Information
Children’s Ages: Many of our programs feature activities intended for a specific age group, and we advertise the specific age range accepted for each program. We use the East Penn School District’s kindergarten cut-off date of September 1st to guide our program age levels. For example, if your child turned 2 on August 13th, 2019, then your child would register for the Wigglers Storytime program. If your child turned two on October 3, 2019, then your child would attend the Books & Babies Storytime program. These age guidelines are in effect for the entire school year so that our classes may grow and mature together as the year progresses.
Registration: Some programs allow for walk-in participation; however, many of our programs require advance registration. This allows us to ensure that your child has a reserved seat and materials for our program. Library staff reserves the right to limit a program to those who have preregistered. Unless otherwise noted, all registrations are available online through our Events Calendar.
Adults & Programs: All storytime programs are designed to be for both a child and adult caregiver; therefore, adults must accompany children to storytime programs. Programs for children in grades K-5 usually take place in our Youth Services program room. Children attend these programs without their adult caregiver in the room; however, an adult is required to stay in the library while the child is in the program. If your child has special needs and requires accommodations or special assistance during a program, please contact the Youth Services Director to make arrangements prior to the start of the program.
Not sure what to read? Looking for something new? Try Hoot Loot!
Hoot Loot is a special service for kids in grades K-5. Fill out the request form (below) to let us know a few things about you. Then we will select 3-5 books (3 if you are reading chapter books – 5 if you are reading Easy Readers) for you to check out – plus a SURPRISE! Read your books, keep the loot! WHOOOOO knows? Maybe you’ll find a new favorite title!
Complete the form, and the library will contact you when it’s time to schedule a pick-up for your Hoot Loot.
Hoot Loot Request Form
**Read 4 books a week, and your child will have listened to 1,000 stories in five years.
**Read one book a day, and you could finish in less than three years.
**Read ten books per week, and you’ll blow away this challenge in less than two years!
Research shows that reading books and sharing stories with your child is one of the best ways to help them enter school with the language skills they need to be ready to learn and grow. You can pick up a log in the children’s area (or download and print one here!) or keep track on your own. Then just start reading – no need to write down book titles. You can check-in online with us via the form below, or bring your log into the library (we will give your child a sticker for every hundred books read). When you reach 1000 books, your child will receive a certificate and a prize. Stop in the Children’s Library to find your child’s name on our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Progress Wall.
NEW! Log your progress online!
Please come in and our librarians would love to help you find books for school assignments and just-for-fun, information for book reports and papers, and much more!
In the meantime, use the link for Power Kids (Like Power Library, but focuses on the kids’ resources) and a few other helpful websites for homework, games and reading levels:
BookFlix Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource for grades pre-K – 3 that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to help build a love of reading.
Brainfuse: HelpNow provides live online tutoring for elementary, middle school, high school, intro college, and adult education as well as offering a Learning Suite & Writing Lab.
CyberSmarts This interactive e-book collection for grades 3 – 6 offers users a safe, simulated Internet experience with hands-on instruction on how to deal with important online safety issues.
Kids InfoBits provides elementary-aged students with age-appropriate, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics such as animals, arts, geography, health, literature, people, social studies, technology, etc.
TrueFLIX The truth. The whole truth. And nothing but the truth about people, places, nature, history, science, and more! TrueFLIX provides eBooks that are enhanced with a related content in a variety of text types and media–including primary sources, fiction, videos, audio clips, images, and related websites. This science and social studies resource for 3rd through 6th graders includes a “Resources & Tools” section which offers lesson plans, quizzes, promotional materials and other downloadable resources.
TumbleBookLibrary: K-6 children’s ebook database. Animated, talking picture books. Story books, puzzles and games, audiobooks, and books in other languages
TumbleMath: K-6 math ebook database. TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere. All in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration. The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.
TumbleBooks AudioBookCloud: All ages audio book database. An online audiobook library collection of streaming audiobooks.
Scholastic “Book Wizard” Reading Level Search (Grade Level Equivalent, Guided Reading, DRA, and Lexile Measurement)
Need help navigating reading levels? Trying to find award winners? Girly Girl, Big Boy or Favorite picture book lists? You’ve found the right place! Choose from library favorites, national award winners, and more.
Understanding Reading Levels and Good Fit (Guided Reading Levels, Lexile, AR and DRA) and finding a “Good Fit” or “Just Right” book. — Use this guide if you’re looking to understand some of the popular “leveling” systems, how to find a “good fit” book, and for a website to help you look up specific book titles actual levels.
Favorite picture books– The classics… Goodnight Moon, Eric Carle, LML Storytime favorites and more! The most up-to-date version of the list found on the turnstile in the Children’s Area of the library!
ALA Book Media Award Recipients– Complete listing of annual book and media awards administered by the American Library Association and its divisions, with links to lists of medal winners and honor books to the present year. These awards include the Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, Alex and Geisel Awards, the most well-known in children’s and young adult publishing.
Caldecott Medal– Annual award administered by the Association for Library Service to Children division of ALA to the artist of the most distinguished picture book for children.
Newbery Medal– Annual award administered by the Association for Library Service to Children division of ALA to the most distinguished contribution to literature for children.
Notable Children’s Book List– Association for Library Service to Children’s Notable Children’s Book Lists. “The Best of the Best” according to the world’s largest association dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.
If you have any questions on our youth services or programs, please fill out the form below and someone will be in touch with you.