Week of the Young Child

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe library celebrates the Week of the Young Child April 13 – 18 with special events geared toward kids ages 2-5.

“We’re all about building pre-literacy skills in young children so they’ll be ready for kindergarten. The activities and story times we’ve planned are examples of what parents and providers can do with children on their own,” says Kathy Ellison, youth services specialist.

Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday April 15 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Marvin Auditorium


Special Storytime led by Kathy Ellison in partnership with Child Care Aware of Northeast Kansas®. Fun will be had by all! Activities include:

  • A very animated reading of Grow Flower Grow by Lisa Bruce – and one copy of the book will be given away to each group or family who attends.
  • Songs, puppets, streamers!
  • A flower shop, matching games and science table.

Friday April 17 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | BlockFest | Marvin Auditorium

In partnership with Topeka Public Schools Parents as Teachers, the library presents 6 play stations with blocks of all kinds. Kids can work on basic science, math and early literacy skills. They won’t have any idea they’re learning, though. They’ll be having too much fun!


The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration to focus attention on the needs of young children and their families. It’s also a time to say thanks to the people who are teaching our children during their critical learning years.

Leah is a former employee and wrote many stories and articles for the library.