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Event Calendar

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Summer Reading Begins! Summer reading begins for Youth Services Teens and Adults on June 1 ...


Bright Star Theatre presents "Happily Ever After" An hilarious rendition of some of the best from the Grimm Brothers ...


Comic Con! Join us for special guest speakers an art contest children s activities prizes ...


Library Closed for Independence Day The Johnson City Public Library is closed for the holiday Happy 4th ...

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Childrens Programs

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 is offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.  The next session will be in February.  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.  This program is offered every week at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Parental participation is encouraged.  Registration is not required.  No Storytimes the week of February 23 or the week of March 23.

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.  This program is offered each week on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Registration is not required.  No Storytimes the week of February 23 or March 23.

Pajama Storytime

Children three to six years old may attend this thirty-minute program to enjoy stories and music before bedtime.  Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal.  This program is offered on the following Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m.:  January 12 & 26, February 2 & 16, March 2 & 16,  April 6 & 20, and May 4.

 Sensory Play Day

Children 24 months and younger can join in for creative play Tuesday, January 27 in the Jones meeting Room.  Everyday materials will be provided for children to touch, explore, and experience.  Drop in any time from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. to participate.  Children must be accompanied by an adult for this parent/child interactive event.  No registration is required. Please, no older siblings.

Music Mornings

Children from birth to age 5 and their caregivers are invited to join us for an active morning of music and movement. Be prepared to sing, dance, and have fun; no registration is required. Please, no siblings older than 5. We will meet in the Jones Meeting Room at 10:00 a.m. on the following Tuesdays: January 20, February 17, March 17, and April 21.

Spring Fling

Come celebrate spring with stories, songs, and crafts! There will be 2 programs for different age groups offered on March 26. The session for 2 year olds will be at 10:00 a.m., followed by a session for 3-5 year olds at 11:15 a.m.


Programs for School Aged Children

American Girl

Children in second through fifth grade may join us as we revisit the time period of each American Girl book series.  The programs are from 4:00-5:00 pm on the following Thursdays:  January 20 – Marie Grace, February 12 – Kirsten, March 12 – Addy, and April 9 – Samantha.  Children are encouraged to read the books before each program.  Please pre-register by calling 423-434-4458 for each date.

Lego® at the Library

Children in kindergarten through fifth grade may join us for Lego® building programs once a month.  This program meets in the Jones Meeting Room at 4:00-5:00 p.m. on the following Mondays: January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27, and May 18.  Registration is not required.

 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 11:30 a.m. for a 15 minute time slot on Saturdays, January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, and May 16. Please pre-register by calling 423-434-4458 for each date.

Story Stretchers

Children in early elementary listen to stories and make a craft pertaining to the story.  This program will meet at 4:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays: January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, and May 7.  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.


Special Programs for School Aged Children

Book Discussion Group

We will be discussing Ungifted by Gordon Korman.  Children who register will receive a copy of the book to read in advance of the club date. This group is open to 3rd – 6th graders, and will meet Tuesday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m. and March 24th at 4:00 p.m. Please call 434-4458 to pre-register for the program.

Winter Wonderland

The cold won’t bother us as we do winter snow activities and crafts in the Jones Meeting Room on Thursday, January 22. Kindergarteners through 5th graders who would like to attend please call 434-4458 as registration is required.

Chinese New Year

Enjoy the festivities of the Chinese New Year a little early on Tuesday, February 17 at 4:00 pm. Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade will learn about this special day through activities and crafts. Registration is required; please call 434-4458 to register.

Dr. Seuss Day

The Junior League of Johnson City will present a Dr. Seuss Celebration Program on Saturday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade may register for this free event of  Seussian fun by calling 434-4458.

Earth Day

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade can come learn ways to take care of our planet and do a project using recycled materials. This program will be held on Thursday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m. Please call 434-4458 to pre-register.

Family Contra Dance

Mark your calendar for the following Sundays at 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. to join in with family dancing- January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, and March 8 & 22. No experience necessary! Christi Bothwell and Clinton Ross will be calling to the tunes of the band, Catbird. These free dances are provided through a project funded in part by Arts Build Communities, a program funded through State of Tennessee Specialty License Sales, and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and Johnson City Area Arts Council.

Special Programs for Parents of Preschoolers

Preschool Preview

Parents of preschool children are invited to learn more about area daycare and preschool centers on Saturday, January 31 from 10:00 a.m. until noon in the Jones Meeting Room. Staff of local centers will be available to assist you in deciding which facility is right for you and your child.