Programs for children

At the Derby Public Library, we recognize how important literacy is to children's development. Our Youth Services staff is dedicated to providing programming and other opportunities to help children improve their literacy. We also offer programs that can assist parents as they seek to help their children develop literacy skills and learn to love reading.

The programs below are available at the times listed during fall and spring sessions. In the summer, we offer many other special programs as part of our summer reading program. Session dates are as follows:

  • Fall 2015 session: Sept. 14-Dec. 11
  • Spring 2016 session: Jan. 11-April 22
  • Summer 2016 Summer Reading Program: May 31-July 22
  • Fall 2016 session: Sept. 12-Dec. 9

View our fall program guide here:

Baby and Me

We are thrilled to announce our newest program, beginning fall 2014, Baby and Me. Baby and Me is a 20-minute early-literacy program designed for a parent or caregiver and their baby age birth to 12 months. Each week, parents will share board books with their baby that are consistent with their baby's development. They will also learn rhymes and action songs to use with their babies at home, with the babies joining in when they are ready.

Baby and Me meets on Thursdays at 11 a.m. in the Frank Fanning Conference Room (no program on Thanksgiving). No registration is required.

Wonderful Ones

Wonderful Ones is an early literacy introduction to picture books, music and nursery rhymes for children from 12 to 24 months and their parent or caregiver. For many 1-year-olds, this is their first exposure to a group story time. They enjoy playing with rhythm instruments and helping with the flannel board nursery rhymes, and Humpty Dumpty is often a favorite. This program lasts 20 minutes.

Wonderful Ones meets on Thursdays at 10 a.m. in the Frank Fanning Conference Room (no program on Thanksgiving). No registration is required.

Tales for Twos

Tales for Twos, formerly Tales for Tots, is a program for children from 24 to 36 months with their parent or caregiver. It follows an outline similar to Wonderful Ones. Children will learn about the library through books, music and flannel board participation. Children will be able to play with hand bells, the favorite activity of the 2-year-olds who have participated in the program.

Tales for Twos meets on Fridays at 10 a.m. in the Frank Fanning Conference Room (no program the Friday after Thanksgiving). No registration required. Please note: the 11 a.m. session of Tales for Twos has been cancelled.

Preschool story time

Preschool story time is geared to children age 3 to 5 and is 40 minutes. An accompanying adult must remain on library premises and is encouraged, but not required, to participate. Preschool story times are scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Preschool story time meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the Storytime Area at the back of the children's section of the library (no programs the week of Thanksgiving due to the holiday). No registration is required.

6 by 6

Following the Tuesday preschool story time, we offer a 6 by 6 Early Childhood Enrichment program for parents and children age birth to 6. This program features hands-on activities based on the six early literacy skills needed to prepare children to read.

6 by 6 meets on Tuesdays following Preschool story time, from 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the Storytime Area (no program the week of Thanksgiving). No registration is required.

Adventures @ the Library

Explore and discover all kinds of surprises after school at the library when you participate in this literacy-based program for kindergarteners through second-graders. This program typically includes books read aloud, a craft, a short video and snack time.

Adventures @ the Library takes place 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays, with no program on Thanksgiving.

Tween Zone

Every Wednesday after school, we welcome our tweens in third through fifth grades to enjoy crafts, movies, games, snacks and book talks. Come check out some new books!

The Tween Zone programs are 4-5 p.m. on Wednesdays, with no program the week of Thanksgiving (and no program on Nov. 11, 2015, because of Veteran's Day).

For Adventures @ the Library and Tween Zone:

  • Children meet in front of the Frank Fanning Conference Room five minutes before the program
  • Bring your friends — advance registration is not required
  • Snacks will be served, so please notify us in advance of any allergies
  • A parent or responsible adult must remain on library premises with children under the age of 7

Family Night

Family Night is designed for families with children ages 3 to 7, but all ages are welcome. Come for an evening story time, followed by a family craft.

November 2015 is Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Month, featuring Is Your Mama a Lllama? by Deborah Guarino. Join us for a special Family Night program on Nov. 9, when we will be reading Is Your Mama a Llama? and all families who join us will receive a complimentary children's book.

Family Nights are held on 7-7:45 p.m. on Mondays, with no program the week of Thanksgiving.


To see a complete calendar of programs for children at the Library, visit our events calendar.


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