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Childrens Programs

Winter Reading

Join our online Winter Reading program with Wandoo Reader!  Help your Superhero gain powers by reading and recording your book titles and minutes read. The more you read, the more powerful your Superhero becomes!

Boys and girls ages 5 to 9 can sign up here: 5 – 9 Winter Reading

Children aged 10 to 12 have their own website here: 10 – 12 year olds’ Winter Reading

And Teens have their own website, too! Teen Winter Reading!


The Youth Services staff has planned many exciting programs for various age groups to encourage children to develop a love of reading. Children will benefit most from attending the program appropriate for their own age. Please attend the program that corresponds to your child’s age.  If a program requires registration please call 423-434-4458.

Programs for Children 1 – 5 years old

Mother Goose Time

One-year-old children will enjoy fingerplays, nursery rhymes, songs, and books with a parent or guardian.  There will be an opportunity to share board books and socialize after the storytime.  This program will be offered in February, at 9:30 on Wednesdays or Thursdays and again in April.  Space is limited.  Registration is required.

Two’s Company

This twenty-minute storytime is for children who are two years old.  Children accompanied by a parent or guardian hear stories and participate in songs, fingerplays, and flannelboard activities.  Parental participation is encouraged. Two’s Company is offered at 10:15 am on Wednesday or Thursday. Registration is not required.

Preschool Storytime

Children ages three to five are invited to attend this half-hour program to listen to stories and participate in songs and fingerplays. Registration is not required. This storytime is offered at 11:00 am on Wednesday or Thursday.

*There will be no storytimes the week of February 18th and the week of February 28th – March 5th.

Pajama Time

Come in your p.j.s and bring a stuffed animal friend to this half-hour storytime for families! Stories and songs are appropriate for children ages three to six years old. This program is offered on alternating Monday evenings at 7:00 pm. Feb. 1st & 1th, March 7th & 21st, April 4th & 18th, and May 2nd. 

Music Mornings

Be prepared to SING, DANCE, and have FUN! This is an active morning of music and movement for caregivers and their little ones; from babies up to age 5. We will meet in the Jones Meeting Room at 10:00 – 10:30 am one Tuesday a month. Jan. 19th, Feb. 16th, March 8th, April 19th, and May 17th.


Special Programs for Preschoolers

Sensory Play Day

Children 24 months and younger can join us for creative play with everyday materials to touch, explore, and experience. We provide the materials, you and your child provide the fun! Drop in any time Tuesday, March 22nd from 9:30 – 11:00 am. Children must be accompanied by an adult; no older siblings, please.

National Library Week Preschool Program

Children 2 – 5 years old are invited to a special Clifford program on Wednesday, April 13th and Thursday, April 14th at 10:30 am. We’ll hear stories about the big, red dog and you can bring your camera and take pictures with Clifford! This will replace regular storytimes for that week.

Preschool Preview

Parents of preschool aged children are invited to meet the staff of local centers and learn more about area daycares and preschools on Saturday, January 30th from 10:00 am until noon.


Programs for School Aged Children

Story Stretchers

Children in early elementary grades listen to stories and do an activity pertaining to the story. Each month we will have a different focus. This program will meet at 4:00 – 4:45 pm one Thursday a month. Feb. 4th, March 3rd, April 7th, and May 5th.  Registration is required; please call 434-4458.

READing Paws

The JCPL is part of this nationally known program that enhances children’s literacy through the assistance of registered therapy dogs.  Children may register to read to a dog beginning at 11:00 a.m. for a 15 minute time slot on Saturdays, Jan. 16th, Feb. 20th, March 19th, April 16th, and May 21st. Please pre-register by calling 423-434-4458 for each date.

Tale to Tail

Children in kindergarten through fifth grade may read to a trained listening dog, in the Storytime Room every Monday beginning at 4:00 p.m.  This is great for those who don’t like to read orally, have low reading self-esteem, or just love dogs.  Please pre-register by calling 423-434-4458 to reserve your 15 minute time slot.

Lego @ the Library

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade may join us for a Lego building program once a month in the Jones Meeting Room. We’ll read a story and the build according to the themes of the book. This program meets at 4:00 – 5:00 pm on the following Tuesdays: Jan. 26th, Feb. 23rd, March 29th, April 26th, and May 24th . Registration is required.


Special School Age Programs

Workout Wednesdays

Let’s work out our bodies and minds this January! Every Wednesday at 4:00 pm kindergartners through 5th graders can meet to do active games like relay races or jump rope, and then cool down with stories and mind puzzles. Please call 434-4458 to register.

“Just for Fun” Book Club

3rd – 5th graders may participate in a discussion each month about a particular book. The first 10 who register will receive a copy of the book to keep as long as they attend the discussion. Registration is required. The Book Club will meet at 4:00 pm on the following Thursdays.

January 28thFrom the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsberg

February 25thNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry

March 31stWinnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

April 28thHow to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor. (Led by the author!)


Do you like to play Minecraft? Are you in kindergarten through 5th grade? Sign up for fun Minecraft inspired activities on Wednesday, March 9th at 6:00 pm. Please call 434-4458 to register.


Book Club for 5th & 6th graders

Sign up to read Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea on Thursday, March 24th @ 4:00 pmPlease call 434-4458 to register, or click here.


National Library Week

April 10th – 16th is National Library Week. Join us for a week of special activities!

Lego Book Characters

Submit your lego book character creation to be on display throughout the week. Check for more information at the Youth Services Desk.

Clifford Storytime

Children 2 – 5 years old are invited to a special Clifford program on Wednesday, April 13th and Thursday, April 14th at 10:30 am. We’ll hear stories about the big, red dog and you can bring your camera and take pictures with Clifford! This will replace regular storytimes for that week.

Winnie-the-Pooh Program

Kindergartners through 4th graders may attend this programs on Thursday, April 14th at 4:00 pm. Find out how the story of Winnie the Pooh began and do fun activities based on the book. Please call 434-4458 to pre-register.

Origami Program

Have you read the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes? Would you like to learn to fold a crane? Fifth and Sixth graders may sign up for this origami program on Wednesday, April 13th at 6:00 pm. Please call 434-4458 to pre-register.