They say “It takes a village to raise a child.” Consider the library a permanent member of your village.
For every stage in a child’s development, the library has resources to help you answer questions, find advice and solutions, and be proactive with your child’s physical and behavioral health, social life, academics and all around well-being. As you know, strong parenting begins at birth, and the library is committed to providing useful and applicable resources to help guide you from day one all the way through every milestone you and your child will reach together.
Ask a Librarian
If you have a homework question, want to create a reading list catered to your child’s interests or want help locating the right organization to address the specific needs of your family, our information specialists can get you connected.
For parents of kids Birth – age 5
The library’s first Community Impact Goal is “Every child ready for kindergarten.” When children enter school ready to learn, their chances for academic and life success have already taken root. Here are some of the ways you can ensure your child is ready to enter school.
Bee a Reader (0-18 months)
First things first, get baby a library card! Your child’s first library card comes with the gift of an adorable Read With Me t-shirt.
Help your child get ready to read
With talking, singing, reading, writing and playing, you can prepare your child to read. Incorporate these simple activities into your child’s life and increase their success when it’s time to start school.
Pre-reading classes for babies and toddlers
Get baby started on the path to reading with our Baby Bookworms classes, then graduate to Toddler Time 1 and 2. Storytimes happen almost every day at the library, where kids can talk, sing, play, clap and dance! Our kids librarians make books and reading time into fun and play time.
- Oh Baby – Healthy mom, healthy baby resources.
- Parents as Teachers
- Zero to Three – Provides information and tools to support parents. Download the app on your device.
- BabyWebMD – From baby bottles and bedding to development and sleep, WebMD’s Baby Center helps parents know what newborns need during the first year.
- Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas – A local resource in the areas child care, child development, and school readiness (plus much, much more).
For parents of kids 6-11
Personalized reading lists
Kids’ tastes change day-to-day. Our expert kids librarians can anticipate what your child will want to read next based on a few questions. Bring your child into the Kids Library to talk to our librarians, find a list we’ve already created on the catalog, or email us.
Gaming gets a lot of flack, because so often it involves screen time. But there are plenty of great benefits to gaming. Kids learn good sportsmanship, they make connections with other kids outside their peer groups, and many times, the games themselves teach organizational and engineering skills and digital literacy that’s vital stuff for our changing world. At our library, we offer a couple great programs for connecting kids to all the benefits of gaming:
Screen time resources
- Check out these books on how to find the balance and benefit in your child’s use of digital devices.
- Unplug Under 2
- K-State Research & Extension Shawnee County – A local resource that provides information on meal ideas, kitchen tips and food safety.
- Shawnee County Health Agency – Reliable, local health information.
- Think Big, Start Small – Nutrition, active play and screen time guidance from Kansas Action for Children
For parents of teens
Get your teen connected with the resources that matter to them. Visit our teens page to find out what we offer.