Children's Services

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kids summer reading program

Discover the wonderful world of literacy in our children's area. The children's area is primarily for children from birth through elementary school and their parents or caregivers. We encourage parents to use the Every Child Ready to Read Initiative of the American Library Association: play, sing, talk, read, and write with their children.

Listed below are the many programs and services available. For more information contact us at (308) 385-5333, visit the library calendar, or stop at one of our service desks.

Weekly Programs


Lapsit (Play and Read)

Mondays at 10:00

Ages 1-2


Baby Toddler Lapsits

Tuesdays at 10:30

Ages 0-2



Tuesdays at 6:30

All Ages

wednesday storytime


Wednesdays at

10:00 and 11:00

Ages 3-5



Thursdays at 10:00

All Ages


Saturday Storytime

Saturdays at 11:00

All Ages


Monthly Program


HomeSchoolers' Program

Second Monday of the Month

from 3:00 - 4:00

Preschool - 5th Grade

Special Programs

Bear Fair

Dr. Seuss's Birthday/Read Across America Week

Prime Time Family Reading Time

Tours and Outreach

Edith Abbott Tea Party

Winter Break Programming

Spring Break Programming

Summer Reading Program

Children's Service Areas

Children's Help Desk

AWE Computers (Educational games for preschoolers)

Homework Station/Computers

Bookingham Palace (our special kids' program room)

Baby Zone

Craft Station

Discovery Center (lots of educational and fun toys and activities)

Family Rest Rooms with Changing Tables Available

Parent/Caregiver Computers and Print Station

Nursing Room


  • Audio-Visual (Audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs)
  • Picture or Easy Books
  • Character Bins (Picture books by popular authors and/or featuring popular characters)
  • Dr. Seuss Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Graphic Novels
  • Magazines
  • Series Shelves (popular series in fiction and non-fiction)
  • ParenTalk (parenting books and information)


Special Reading Initiatives

Babies Need Words Every Day

BornLearning Brochures (co-sponsored by the United Way and Library Foundation)

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Every Child Ready to Read

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read to Your Bunny