Kids Programs

Preschool Story Time

Tuesday Mornings
10:30-11:00 am
Art Gallery

Ages 3-5. Stories and music for preschoolers.

Family Story Time

Wednesday Mornings
10:30-11:30 am
Art Gallery

All ages. Stories, music, crafts and activities.

Rhyme Time

1st and 3rd Friday
10:30-11:00 am
10:45-11:15 am
Storyhour room

A special time for babies and their caregivers ages two and under. Music, movement and socialization.

We will not be offering Preschool Story Time or Family Story Time during the summer. Instead you can enjoy Family Fun Wednesdays and Family Fridays. We will resume our normal schedule on August 22. 

Family Fun

Wednesday Mornings
10:30-11:30 am
Art Gallery

All ages. An hour of stories, crafts and activities with new themes each week.

June 7: Build It!
June 14: Castles
June 21: Bug Builders
June 28: My World

July 5: The Clothes We Wear
July 12: Crazy Contraptions
July 19: Dive Deep
July 26: Let the Sun Shine!

August 2: Sense-a-bration
August 9: Raise Your Voice
August 16: To the Moon

Family Fridays

11:00 am-12:00 pm
Art Gallery

June 9: Tower Power
The building challenge is on! Create the highest tower of marshmallows and toothpicks or beat our cardboard construction tasks.

June 23: Animal Gross-Out Games
Silly and slightly gross animal-related games such as Rabbit Pooper Scoopers and Roach Rendezvous. Hold your nose! (Don’t worry, no animals or animal products will be used.)

June 30: Give Me a Home
Help us build a city with art for the whole family. Draw your home from memory, make a glowing city skyline, or add your part to a huge combined neighborhood banner. What will our city look like?

July 14: On a Roll
Challenge your family to a race! Use a variety of materials to create, hills, jumps and other obstacles for wacky marble and ball races.

July 28: Sun Fun
Sun-related races, games and activities for the whole family.

August 11: Moon Madness
Get ready for the coming eclipse with moon-related races, games and activities for the whole family.

Story Time at the Bookmobile

Memorial Park
Tuesday, June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8
10:30-11:00 am

Riverside Park
Thursday, June 22, July 20, August 17
10:30-11:00 am

Capital Mall
Thursday, June 15, July 13, August 10
11:30-12:00 pm

Story time in the great outdoors! Join us at the bookmobile around town.

Tail Waggin' Tutors

Bring your favorite book to read to one of the trained therapy dogs.

All ages. No reservations needed. Located in Children’s Play Area.

2nd and 4th Mondays 7-8 pm

2nd Thursday 6:30-7:30 pm


Block Party

First Monday of each month
6:30-7:30 pm
Art Gallery

June 5
July 10
August 7

Free-building LEGO fun at the library with standard bricks, mini-figures, and specialty pieces.

Ages 5-12. Limited to the first 45 participants on the evening of the event. A sign-in sheet will be available 30-minutes before start time.

For more information, contact Eric Lyon, 634-6064, ext 229.


Third Thursday of each month
7:00-8:00 pm
Storyhour Room

Book group for grades 3-5. First 12 participants receive a free copy of the book. Light snacks served.Sign up at the Children’s desk or contact Angie Bayne at 634-6064 x. 253 or

June 15: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertram

July 20: House Arrest by K.A. Holt

August 17: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

September 21: Beneath by Roland Smith

October 19: As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds

November 16: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

kids movie

Family Movie Night

3rd Friday of each month
6:00-8:00 pm
Art Gallery

June 16: The LEGO Batman Movie
July 21: Pete’s Dragon
August 18: The BFG

Family event. Bring a folding chair, sleeping bag, blanket or pillow and join the fun. Light snacks and drinks provided.
Note: This is an after-hours event. The front library doors will close at 6:15 pm.


Snap Circuits

Thursday, July 20
6:30-7:30 pm
Art Gallery

Create an electronic alarm, power a helicopter blade, or design other simple electronics using snap circuits kits.

Ages 8-12. Registration required and limited to the first 20 participants. Contact Eric Lyon, 634-6064, ext 229.

Book Bingo

Monday, June 12
Monday, August 14
6:30-7:30 pm
Art Gallery

All ages. No reservations needed. An hour of bingo fun for the entire family. Winning cards earn book prizes for ages 12 and under.

Pokemom Card Game Day


Thursday, June 1
Thursday, July 13
Thursday, August 10
1:00-2:30 pm
Art Gallery

Bring your Pokemon cards to the Library and challenge someone to a friendly duel. All ages and skill levels welcome. For those new to the game, someone will be available to demonstrate how to play. No reservations needed.

All ages. No reservations needed.

Trash to Treasures

Tuesday, June 6
Tuesday, July 11
Tuesday, August 1
11:00-12:00 pm
Art Gallery

Turn recyclable materials into works of art! You decide what to create. A variety of materials will be available.

Beat the Heat

Thursday, June 8
Thursday, July 6
Thursday, August 3
10:00-11:00 am
Library Park (High Street side of building)

Beat the heat with cool games in the library park! Sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, jump ropes, parachute play, bubbles and more! All ages.

KidSight: Free Vision Screening for Children

Wednesday, May 24
Wednesday, June 28
Wednesday, July 26
Wednesday, August 30
10:00-11:30 am
Art Gallery

Representatives from KidSight will be at the library to offer quick, free vision screenings for kids six and under.

Helen Haynes Presents Musikgarten

Wednesday, May 31
10:30-11:00 am: ages 0-3
11:15-12:00 pm: ages 3-6
Art Gallery

Music and movement for children and their caregivers.



MidMo Conservatory of Dance presents: Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library!

Monday, June 12
2:00-3:00 pm
Art Gallery

Join us for a special family show featuring the MidMo Conservatory of Dance! A girl discovers how wonderful books are after spending a night in the library. A friendly bookworm helps by bringing books to life through music and dance.

Dad and Me

Saturday, June 17
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Art Gallery

Celebrate dad at the library! Build a LEGO vehicle to run down our mini mountain race course and create a make-and-take bug hotel to hang for the bees and beetles in your yard. LEGO pieces are for use at the library only.




Art of Martial Arts Karate Workshop

Tuesday, June 20
Tuesday, June 27
10:30-11:30 am
Art Gallery

Ages 6-12. Registration Required. Contact: Eric Lyon at 634-6064 x. 229 or Limited to 20 participants. An introductory martial arts class for children, offered by Art of Martial Arts.

Earth's Classroom: Amazing Animal Homes

Saturday, June 24
1:00-2:00 pm
Art Gallery

Join Earth’s Classroom’s educators as we discuss and share the fascinating “homes” constructed by our local wildlife, from the ruby throated hummingbird utilizing spider web silk to hold their nests together, to the wood duck being the only waterfowl to construct nests in hollow trees.

A Picnic with the Bard: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, July 1
10:30-11:15 am
Art Gallery

This is a playful adaptation of a Shakespeare classic specifically intended for families and young audiences. Enjoy a story of fairies, true love and magical transformations! Performed by the Muse Theatre Company and Itsy Bitsy Broadway.

Jay and Leslie's Laughing Matters: Plan to Laugh

Saturday, July 22
1:00-2:00 pm
Art Gallery

Jay and Leslie of Laughing Matters have designs on your funny bone with juggling, stories and wacky dialogue. Don’t miss it!



Itsy Bitsy Traveling Troupe: Frumpled Fairytales

Saturday, August 5
10:30-11:15 am
Art Gallery

Enjoy a theatrical performance by children and for children! These fairytales are quirky and fun and just right for your little ones to enjoy! Performed by the Muse Theatre Company and Itsy Bitsy Broadway.

Summer Reading Club Carnival

Saturday, August 12
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Art Gallery

A carnival of games and activities to celebrate a successful summer reading club! Everyone is welcome, but children that have finished both reading club levels will be able to enter their names into the raffles for items in our parade of prizes display.

Capital Eclipse Celebration

Sunday, August 20, 1:00-5:00 pm
Monday, August 21, 12:00-1:30 pm
Art Gallery, MRRL Park

An afternoon of speakers, interactive activities and station in preparation for the first total eclipse of the sun to cross Missouri in 148 years. Events will be taking place all over the downtown area. Make the library one of your stops.

Summer Reading Club

Download your 2017 Reading Log

When you reach the number of hours of reading and the number of activities required for your age group, come to the library to pick up your first level prize and your Master Level reading log.