Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “this could change your life.” – Helen Exley
Libraries are an intriquite part of our lives. We visit the library for a variety of reasons; to do research, learn a foreign language online, study for a test or to enjoy the numerous free children’s programs that are offered throughout the year.
Our local public library has especially enriched my children’s lives through their weekly story times and special programs. We have been going since they were practically born.
My son’s favorite time of year is when our library hosts their annual summer reading program. He is such an avid reader that last year he participated in two separate programs and is already counting down to next summer!
Recently, I reached out to a group of friends on Facebook and asked them which libraries had the best children’s programs in Southern California.
These were their responses and a few of my own:
Los Angeles & The Surrounding AreasLos Angeles Central Library
Check out their new STEAM = Science! Technology! Engineering! Art! Math! program.
“When kids and teens explore, create and experiment in an informal learning environment like the library, they learn a lot – and have fun at the same time. They’ve assembled a variety of free STEAM-related programs and workshops that will inspire and motivate kids and teens with fun, hands-on learning activities.”
Visit their Mother/Daughter 4th and 5th Grade Book Club on 4/10 at 7:00 pm. Bring your moms and talk about books! Call the library at 818-360-5706 in advance for titles.
Long BeachLong Beach Public Library
The Long Beach Public Library is celebrating National Library Month with the Grand Opening of the Library’s MakerSpace, “The Studio” on April 17. There will be demonstrations of their 3D printer, tablets, and computers.
Orange CountyMission Viejo Public Library
Check out their current “One Big Appy Family! Building Digital Literacy Skills Kids Related Content” event taking place on April 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Cen Campbell of littleelit.com and Carisa Kluver of digital-storytime.com will discuss “using technology to build relationships and improve reading readiness – at the same time! Parents with questions or concerns about screen time and using tablets or SmartPhones with their preschoolers are in luck, thanks to a new program designed to build digital literacy skills. This fun and informative program includes expert recommendations for using screen technology with young children. Parents will learn how to incorporate digital technology as part of a healthy media diet and will receive recommendations for apps and eBooks that will entertain and educate their youngsters.” For more information call the Youth Services Desk at 949-830-7100, ext. 5107.
Costa Mesa Public Library
Newport Beach Public Library
Rancho Santa Margarita Public Library
Riverside CountyRiverside Public Library
Check out their “First Sundays” program every month between October – May from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. They feature stories, crafts and fun at the main library. For April, the children will create their own clay masterpieces and see a Special Balloon Magic show by Arty Loon. Don’t forget it is free too!
Riverside County Library
Temecula Public Library
Santa BarbaraCarpinteria Branch Library
Come see Arctic Norwegian and Swedish Stories, Songs and Games on 4/10 at 10:30 am. Artist Stina Fagertun performs unique stories and music from the peoples of her native northern Norway. Musician Ross Sutter, from Minnesota, is a multi-instrumentalist and singer of traditional music from many countries. Best for ages 4 and up!
Goleta Branch Library
San Diego Central Library
The San Diego Central Library offers group tours of 11+ and specialized tours including art tours, architectural tours and green building tours are available by appointment only. To schedule a group tour, to cancel a tour or for other tour questions please contact [email protected]
Mission Valley Branch Library
Carmel Mountain Ranch Branch Library
The North University Community Branch Library
To learn more about National Library Month taking place April 13 – 19, please visit http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek
And don’t forget to send your local librarian a note of thanks today!
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