For Kids: Inspiring a love of reading
FREE Programs & Events
The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library offers a variety of ongoing storytimes as well as special events for children throughout the year. Check the library’s online calendar for virtual and in-person storytimes and other fun programs for children.
The Warren-Trumbull County Public Library participates in the nationwide 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading initiative to encourage parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their child before he or she starts kindergarten.
Reading aloud helps strengthen early literacy skills, which helps prepare children to be ready to learn to read when they enter kindergarten. Studies have also shown that children who are read to at an early age are more successful in school.
Stop by any W-TCPL location for a starter folder to participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, or find out more here.
Books, Movies, Music & More!
The Youth Services Department maintains a broad collection of classic and new materials for children from birth on up!
- Board books
- Picture books
- Beginning Reader books
- Books with CDs
- Chapter books
- Graphic novels
Movies & Music
- Children’s DVDs
- Children’s music CDs
Electronic Devices and Learning Kits
Electronic books and other learning application formats that are designed specially for children are available for checkout:
- Playaway Launchpads are tablets pre-loaded with learning applications
- Read and Play kits are backpacks with pre-selected books and learning activities
- Wonderbooks are children’s books with a ready-to-play audiobook already inside.
Children’s eBooks, comic books, movies, music, and TV episodes are available for mobile and online access through the library’s partnerships with Overdrive, Freading, TumbleBooks, BookFlix, and hoopla digital.
Public Computers for Kids & Teens
Each library location has specially designated children’s computers that provide educational applications for kids up to age 12. Early literacy computers are pre-loaded with fun and educational games and software and are available for toddlers through age 8. Computers with filtered Internet access are available for children 12 & under.
Teens ages 13-18 can use the library’s designated teen computers.
Great Books For Year-Round Giving
The W-TCPL Youth Services staff has chosen the titles in this annual gift guide from books published over the past year. Each book has been selected for its timeless quality and lasting kid appeal. Each listing includes a summary of the book, the writer and/or illustrator, and the age range for which the book is most appropriate. The gift guide is available as a printable PDF or pick up a free copy at any W-TCPL location.
The guide is a wonderful tool to help you select books that will be read, re-read, and treasured by the children who receive them. While we put the list out each year in time for holiday shopping, we hope you will refer to it year-round to help you decide which books to buy for birthdays, baby showers, and other occasions.
New Children’s Books