Kids

Explore India's cultural tales with these finds in the Children's Department collection!

Retells the Hindu tale of a heroic prince and his bride who are separated by the demon prince Ravana until the Monkey Army of Hanuman, god of the wind, helps them.

Brahma dreaming by John Jackson

There are so many great tales in the J398 collection, including ones from China and Japan! Be sure to check out these titles to become more familiar with these cultural tales.

An illustrated retelling of nineteen fables and tales from China, each of which features a nugget of ancient folk wisdom and introduces aspects of traditional Chinese culture and lore.

A poor farmer's youngest daughter agrees to marry a fierce dragon in order to save her father's life.

Have you always wanted to read more African Folklore, but you weren't sure where to start? Enjoy these titles from the Kids Folktales and Fairytales section at the library!

A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain.

A folk explanation for the guinea fowl's protective coloration that enables it to hide from its natural predator, the lion.

Many books that hold poetry live on the nonfiction shelves between J808.81J811 and J821, but don't forget that poems live all over the library. Below are a few illustrated poems that require a little more exploration to find. While all are located within the Children's Department, they may have a wider appeal. Click on each title for location and availability information.

 

Simple poetic language and close-up photographs invite readers to join two fireflies as they try to find each other among the many flashing firefly lights on a summer evening.

The land of nod by Robert Louis Stevenson

A young boy explores the magical dreamworld he goes to when he falls asleep.

Learn about real life poets and their work. The stories included below are roughly listed by increasing depth and complexity. While these books are located in the Children's Department, there is a strong possibility that they may appeal to a wider audience.

Maya Angelou by Lisbeth Kaiser

Offers an illustrated telling of the life of Maya Angelou that focuses on how she overcame childhood trauma and realized her dream and became one of the world's most beloved writers and speakers.

Presents the life and work of the twentieth-century American writer, focusing on his fascination with words from a young age and highlighting his poetry's inspirational properties.

Visit with Little Critter

Little Critter will be the star of this opening program for the connect your summer season. This enduring, classic character created by Mercer Mayer, takes any ordinary day and turns it into an adventure. Stories, activities and crafts will all be part of the fun. Designed for children ages 3-7. Registration begins May 25.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

K Club - Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Are you starting school this year? Are you excited? Come meet new friends, listen to reassuring stories, and explore our back to school sensory table. It will be a great way to start out your new school year. K Club is for children ages 4-6. Registration begins July 25.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

K Club: Sense-a-Beach

We will bring the beach to the library at our K club program on July 11 .Children ages 4-6 will create, listen, taste and explore things related to a day at the beach. Sensory play encourages cognitive and creative thinking for children. Registration begins June 23.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

May the 4th Day

Celebrate Star Wars day with our May the 4th Day program. We will be showing the movie that started it all, Star Wars: A New Hope. While watching the movie you can also enjoy popcorn, coloring, and a craft. Come dressed as your favorite character and celebrate with us from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Popcorn and craft while supplies last. 

For all ages, no registration.

Upcoming sessions

Friday, May 4 - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM Community Room
NPM Poster

Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month and pick up an activity sheet at one of our reference desks during the month of April. It's a great way to reacquaint yourself with favorite poets or introduce yourself to something new. Don't limit yourself to just April, though. Use our poetry suggestions below to enjoy poetry all year long.

Most poetry books can be found in the nonfiction shelves in the 800s - in the Children's, Teen, or Adult Collection. Other suggestions for exploring poetry are included below. 

 

 

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