Programs for Kids

This page lists the regularly scheduled programs for children. Please check the Events Calendar for special programs. Programs are planned with certain age groups in mind and reflect the developmental ages indicated. For this purpose, we ask that you check the recommended age level prior to attending a program. If you have any questions about the programs, please call the children's department at (325) 676-6067.

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SEPTEMBER - MAY SCHEDULE


Baby Steps: ages 0-1; Thursdays, 10:15-10:45
This program is specifically designed for infants and parents. Stories, activities, and stimuli of all kinds are presented in the program. Call for information.

Lapsit: ages 1-2; Thursdays, 11:00-11:30
This program is designed for kids who are past the infant stage but not quite toddling. Parents join their kids for rhymes, music, short stories and more.

Toddler Time: ages 2-3; Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:45-11:15
For toddlers who are ready for longer stories. Parents are encouraged to share this time with their children.

Pre-School Storytime: ages 3-5; Tuesdays, 10:45-11:15
Held year-round, storytime offers children ages 3-5 the opportunity to listen to stories, join in fingerplays, sing, and watch puppets and other visual presentations.

Tween Time: ages 8 - 15; 1st Monday of the month, 6:30 - 7:15
This program is for kids who are not quite old enough for the Teen programs. Activities include fun crafts and games.

Family Fun @ Your Library: all ages; 3rd Monday of each month, 4:00
Extra special programs for the whole family. Join us for stories, games, crafts, and a variety of activities at each of these monthly programs.

Daycare Storytime: call to make arrangements
Storytime is also offered to the daycares of Abilene. Daycare Storytime provides services to children who, because their parents work during the day, would otherwise not benefit from the Library's services. Daycares arrange regular storytimes that fit into their schedules. Often, staff uses specific themes to fit the daycare's educational unit.

Out & About: call to make arrangements
To bring storytime to kids who can not get to the library. Storytellers make regular visits to childcare facilities. Call to set up a time.

Storytelling Kits: for childcare workers, state-licensed childcare providers, and teachers only
To bring services to the children in daycare, the Library has 66 storytelling kits. Each kit contains 4-5 books on a topic along with physical props, enabling the daycare worker to conduct a quality storytime in their facility. Storytelling Kits loan to teachers, childcare workers, and state-licensed childcare providers only. Check with the Librarian to see if you are eligible.

Library Tours
Library tours are available for any group wishing to obtain a better understanding of the Library's services. Tour groups include public and private school classes, Scout troops, childcare workers, and Children's Literature classes from the universities. General tours cover the entire Library. Special tours are also arranged to cover a specific topic or area.

In-School Registration
Coordinating with the schools, the Circulation and Children's Departments attend PTA meetings where parents and children can register for Library cards.

MOCKINGBIRD BRANCH

Toddler Time: ages 2-3; Tuesdays, 10:45-11:15
For toddlers who are ready for longer stories. Parents are encouraged to share this time with their children.

Pre-School Storytime: ages 3-6; Thursdays, 10:45-11:15
Held year-round, storytime offers children ages 3-6 the opportunity to listen to stories, join in fingerplays, sing, and watch puppets and other visual presentations.

Tween Time: ages 8 - 15; 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 4:00 – 5:00
This program is for kids who are not quite old enough for the Teen programs. Activities include fun crafts and games.

Family Fun @ Your Library: all ages: 6:30-7:00
Extra special programs for the whole family. Join us for stories, games, crafts, and a variety of activities at each of these monthly programs. Dates set at Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28, & Dec. 19.

Daycare Storytime: call to make arrangements
Storytime is also offered to the daycares of Abilene. Daycare Storytime provides services to children who, because their parents work during the day, would otherwise not benefit from the Library's services. Daycares arrange regular storytimes that fit into their schedules. Often, staff uses specific themes to fit the daycare's educational unit.

Out & About: call to make arrangements
To bring storytime to kids who can not get to the library. Storytellers make regular visits to childcare facilities. Call to set up a time.

SOUTH BRANCH

Pre-School Storytime:
ages 3-6; Monday & Wednesday, 10:45-11:15
Held year-round, storytime offers children ages 3-6 the opportunity to listen to stories, join in fingerplays, sing, and watch puppets and other visual presentations.

Family Fun @ Your Library: all ages; 1st Thursdays of the month 6:30-7:00
Extra special programs for the whole family. Join us for stories, games, crafts, and a variety of activities at each of these monthly programs.

Tween Time: ages 8 -15; 3rd Monday of the month; 6:30-7:30
A fun time for the ‘tween crowd. Crafts, games, activities, and snacks for kids ages 8 – 14.

Daycare Storytime: call to make arrangements
Storytime is also offered to the daycares of Abilene. Daycare Storytime provides services to children who, because their parents work during the day, would otherwise not benefit from the Library's services. Daycares arrange regular storytimes that fit into their schedules. Often, staff uses specific themes to fit the daycare's educational unit.


For information about any of the programs, call the Children's Department at (325) 676-6067


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