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Childrens Programs

Children’s programs will resume in the month of September. 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 September, at 9:30 on Wednesdays or Thursdays and again in November.  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 and 2:00 pm on Wednesday, and again at 11:00 am on Thursday.

*There will be no storytimes the week of October 25th and the week of December 20th.

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. Sept 21st (held outdoors, weather permitting, in amphitheater), Oct. 5th, Oct. 19th, Nov. 2nd, Nov. 16th, Dec. 7th and Dec. 21st. 

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. Sept. 15th, Oct. 20th, Nov. 17th, and Dec. 8th.


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, October 13th from 9:30 – 11:00 am. Children must be accompanied by an adult; no older siblings, please.

Halloween Preschool Party

Children ages two through five can enjoy a special Halloween program followed by a simple craft in the Jones Meeting Room. This program will be held Wednesday, October 28th from 10:30 – 11:30 am. Registration is required, please call 434-4458.


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. Sept. 3rd (social studies), Oct. 8th (science), Nov. 5th (art), and Dec. 3rd (music). 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, Sept. 19th, Oct. 17th, Nov. 21st, and Dec. 19th. 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 dates: Tuesday, Sept. 22; Wednesday, Oct. 21st; and Tuesday, Nov. 24th. Registration is required.


Special School Age Programs

Civil War Haversack

Tipton Haynes volunteers will share with children in kindergarten through fifth grade about what a haversack is and was was carried inside one during the Civil War. Join us on Thursday, Sept. 10th at 6:30 pm in the Storytime room. Registration is required; please call 434-4458. Afterward, check out the Lincoln exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian!

Family Scavenger Hunt

Join the fun, learn more about the library, and follow the clues to treasures on Thursday, October 1st at 4:00 pm. There will be different divisions for toddlers through 12th grade. Registration is required; call 434-4458.

“Just for Fun” Book Club

Third – Fifth graders can sign up to read Treasure Hunters by James Patterson. Register by clicking here or calling 434-4458 before Sept. 10th and the library will provide you with a copy of the book. If you attend the book club meeting on Thursday, October 15th at 4:00 pm you can keep the book!

The next book club meeting will be Thursday, November 12th with Asheville author, Constance Lombardo sharing her new book Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars. Register by Thursday, October 15th to receive your copy of the book. You can call 434-4458 to register for this club, or click here.

Scary Stories and More

Do you enjoy being scared (just a little bit)? Are you in kindergarten through fifth grade? Then come hear some spooky stories in the Outdoor Amphitheater and enjoy a creepy snack to get you in the mood for Halloween on Tuesday, October 27th at 6:00 pm. Registration is required; please call 434-4458.


Fifth and Sixth Grade Only!


Learn about robots and make and use your own robot on Tuesday, October 13th at 4:00 pm in the Jones Meeting room. Registration required! Please call 434-4458.

Book Discussion

Read a creepy book with us in October! Sign up by Saturday, October 3rd by clicking here or calling 434-4458 and the library will provide you with a copy of the book Coraline by Neil Gaiman. You can keep the book if you attend the book discussion on Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:00 pm. (Remember, this is just for fifth & sixth graders!)

Crochet 101

Fifth and sixth graders can learn to crochet in this basic introductory class on Tuesday, December 15th at 4:00 pm in the Jones Meeting room. All supplies are provided but feel free to bring your favorite yarn if you have it. Please call 434-4458 to sign up as registration is required.


Dinosaur Week! November 15th – 21st

Dinosaurs will be the theme for Preschool storytimes this week.

Kindergarten through fifth graders can participate in activities, crafts and more on Tuesday, Nov. 7th at 6:00 pm in the Jones Meeting room. Registration is required; call 434-4458.

Families can learn more about dinosaurs by coming to watch the documentary: Dinosaurs, Perfect Predators on Saturday, Nov. 21st at 2:00 pm in the Storytime Room.