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How the Library Impacts Kids




The library is your best resource for raising a reader and a lifelong learner. Our first Community Impact Goal is "Every child will be ready for kindergarten." And we mean every child. For children ages 0-18, the library's youth services leaders, librarians and staff are their experienced educators, armed with research and an ironclad commitment to advocate for children to improve their futures. Learn some of the ways we're helping transform the lives of children in Shawnee County.


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Learn & Play Bus

In Shawnee County, only 31% of children have a formal preschool experience. We bring the preschool to families right in their neighborhoods on the Learn & Play Bus, where kids can learn vital literacy skills for free and in a super fun environment. The library’s early childhood learning coordinator makes sure all the little ones are developing through playing, talking, reading, singing and writing so that they’re prepared to enter school.


Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

dpilWith the Imagination Library, every child under the age of five is mailed an age-appropriate book each month. Studies show that participation in the program positively and significantly improves early childhood literacy.

For the program to be sustainable, the library, in partnership with the United Way of Kaw Valley, need to raise $1 million. Donate today to get the Imagination Library started in our community. $25 covers the cost for a child for one year.



Outreach Storytellers

Our storytellers share stories with more than 3,700 children ages 3-5 each month at 75 daycare centers and preschools throughout the county. At storytime, kids have so much fun they hardly realize they are learning vocabulary skills, narrative skills, letters and shapes and practicing the concentration skills they’ll need to be ready for kindergarten.

Family Place Library

The Family Place Library initiative focuses on the development of children birth to 5 years old by providing interactive games and activity stations, Parent/Child Workshops and storytimes that grow a love of reading.


When the Adventuremobile rolls up to a Shawnee County school, students come out with their assigned classroom to return their books and check out 2 items. Teachers can also request library materials to be brought out to supplement their lesson plans. In the summertime, the Adventuremobile rolls out to a stop in the community where families can check out materials.



Kansas Connections

Turn your classroom into a fun learning environment with these free programs. Over 40 programs on animals, science, language and fine art, or social studies.




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