City of Longview

Parents

mother and son

Libraries offer more than books. They are places of learning and discovery for everyone. Ask at the library about getting a library card in your child's name and, if you don't already have one, get a card for yourself. Parents are children's most important teachers. Find the resources you need at LPL Youth Services. Our Parenting Collection contains books, magazines, and other resources with ideas for activities and early childhood learning.

We also have books dealing with difficult subjects (death, divorce, disabilities, etc.) for kids and adults.

Meet your Librarian and Family Literacy Specialist

Introduce yourself and your child to your library staff. Librarians can help you to select the best books that are both fun and suitable for your child's age level. They can also show you the other programs and services the library has to offer.

Books... and More

In addition to a wealth of books, your library has books on MP3 players, tapes and CDs to listen to, musical CDs, movies, computers that you can use, and many more resources. You can also find books in languages other than English, and programs to help adults improve their reading. If you would like reading help for yourself or adults in your family, visit the Project READ page to learn about the adult literacy program at the library.

Story Times and Programs

The Library offers programs and activities for every age, from babies through teens. Click on the links below for more information about each of the activities.

Babies and toddlers

Mother Goose Time and Toddler Time are group story times that are about a half hour and geared to the attention spans of the children. During story time, your child sits in your lap, and both of you can join in the story. Our Family Literacy Specialist also may show you fingerplays and rhythm activities and can give you tips and handouts that you can use for your own home story times.

Preschoolers

The library offers story hours for preschoolers on Thursday mornings. During these story times, you and your child will get to know several books on the same topic. You might play games, sing songs, do fingerplays, or other activities that are connected to that topic. You also may get ideas for books to read and other things to do with your child at home.

Early Education Sites

Born Learning
Early Learning
Child Care and Family Services
Birth to 3 Early Intervention Services
Math & Science
Why Read to a Child?
Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center
National Association for the Education of Young Children

Net Cetera: Chatting With Kids About Being Online

Reading Children's Books: There's More to It Than Meets the Eye: an article on the benefits of children's literature.

Holiday Book List: Recommended books to give children.

Schedule of Activities for Kids and Teens