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Children’s Department at the Main Library

Creating a Community of Readers, One Child at a Time

A Busy Hive of Fun & Activity - MC-NPL Youth Services

Children’s Calendar of Story Times/Activities/Special Events

Services for Children and Parents

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This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

Special Events in the Children’s Department

Virtual Storytime – Bounce and Rhyme For Babies!

Tuesdays through May 11 Stories, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for your baby and you! Intended for ages 0-18 months. A new storytime will be posted on Facebook and our YouTube channel every Tuesday. Find the storytimes on our YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzgFLgPVClCeeyh6KTEgii_8nntNR4DrW


This and That Valentine Craft – Grab and Go at the Main Library

Friday, February 12 Use your creativity to design Valentine’s Day cards.  Each kit contains blank cards and envelopes and an assortment of stickers, hearts and trims to create your own unique designs. Call 610-278-5100 x205 to arrange pick-up of your packet. Intended for ages 5-12.


Harry Potter Book Night! Live on Facebook

Thursday, February 4 at 6:30pm Calling all witches and wizards! Join us for our annual Harry Potter Book Night. Pick up an activity pack (available from Jan. 21st) for fun crafts, puzzles, and other activities to go along with the event! Join Ms. Karen LIVE on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NPL.youth.services) for craft tutorials, Harry Potter trivia, and a live reading from the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Call 610-278-5100 ext. 205 to reserve your activity kit. Intended for ages 5-12.


Wee Readers Storytime

Thursdays starting January 14 Stories, songs, rhymes, and activities for ages 2-5. A new storytime will be posted on Facebook and our YouTube channel every Thursday. Grab-and-go activities to augment the storytime may be available for pickup. Find the storytimes on our YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzgFLgPVClCdkdmVMXoeTCeM4dLWsnC8E


Crafts on the Go! at the Main Library

Mondays starting January 11 Pick up a grab-and-go packet of painting or craft supplies to make some fun creations at home! A different project every week. A YouTube tutorial will be posted on our YouTube channel each Monday if you want to follow along, or use the instructions included to assemble the project on your own. Supplies limited. Some projects require additional supplies. Call the library at 610-278-5100 ext. 205 to reserve your packet and arrange curbside pickup. Find the tutorials on our YouTube channel:   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzgFLgPVClCcsXh2Wk6D4eZ4spsoJAmr6


1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Join now! If you read just one book a night starting before your child is 2, you will have read over 1,000 books by the time your child starts kindergarten! Our program makes it fun, with incentives for every milestone you reach--1 book, 25 books, 100 books, 250 books, 500 books, 750 books and 1,000 Books. The program is intended for children under the age of 5 years. The One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten initiative is designed to:

  • Promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers.
  • Encourage parent and child bonding through reading.
  • Help young children gain the confidence necessary to become strong readers.
Studies show that children who are read to from birth have an easier time learning to read. You can sign up and log your progress here: https://mcnpl.beanstack.org/ You can also track your progress with the Beanstack Tracker mobile app which is available for both iOS and Android. The mobile app includes the ability to scan the barcode from the back of the book for easy logging.


Kids Cook–At Home!

Join Ms. Becky to learn how to make some yummy recipes at home, with adult assistance. Programs will be conducted through YouTube videos. Recommended ages 5-12. Dry ingredients will be available for pickup. Additional ingredients will be necessary. Call 610-278-5100 ext. 205 for more info or to reserve your ingredients packet. January's recipe: Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake! You will need milk, oil, water, and vanilla to complete this recipe. Find the tutorials on our YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzgFLgPVClCdD0CXwWIWrMf6l_v52sle5