Children’s Services

Storytime is an opportunity for children and their adults to come together for stories, songs, crafts, and more. The program promotes language and vocabulary development while enhancing comprehension and cognitive skills as well as positive social interactions.

Storytimes are Tuesday mornings in Jonesborough and Thursday mornings at the Gray Branch.

Toddler Storytime (18 –35 mos) is at 9:30 am and usually lasts about 20 min.

Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.) is at 10:15 am and usually lasts about 40 min.

You are never too old for Storytime! Family Storytime is geared for the early grades, but is also appropriate for preschool children. Bring the ENTIRE family for an enjoyable hour of story, song, games, and a craft.

5:00 pm on the last Tuesday in Jonesborough and 5:00 pm on the first Thursday in Gray.

First Chapter Storytime is designed to motivate and capture your early reader by hearing the first chapter or two read aloud of a great book. Perfect for elementary aged readers or all ages of listeners. These books will be new, old, classics, and award winners. Great for family read-alouds too. Snacks are provided.

6:30 pm on the first Monday in Jonesborough and 6:30 pm on the first Tuesday in Gray.

Infants through age 7 are welcome to come and enjoy music through dance, song, and instruments. We explore sounds, rhythm, rhyme, movement, and large motor skills.

Jonesborough meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am and Gray meets on the second Monday of each month, also at 10:00 am.

Why Legos? Did you know that building with Legos has several benefits for not just children, but adults too? While we focus on how children are learning during our Club times, we highly encourage you as a parent or caregiver to build along too! Here are some of the benefits of Lego Club:

1. Math skills are being learned. For instance, kids will have to do a little math to figure out how many smaller pieces they need to cover a larger one. We’ve also seen kids counting the number of how many of a certain piece they have.

2. Science concepts are being tested. Such as: How high can I build this before it falls down?

3. Literacy skills are being developed. We make sure to ask the children what they are building. There is always a story behind it that they are happy to explain. This kind of oral storytelling is actually an important literacy practice. It helps with a child’s narrative skills, vocabulary and creative thinking.

4. Cooperation and other social skills are strengthened. The kids often work together to create elaborate scenes such as battles. They must communicate their thoughts to their peers and come to an understanding about what they want to accomplish

5. The children and their families get to experience the library and see all we have to offer. The Lego books provided at Lego Club get checked out. Many kids and families also stay after to use our computers, play with the other toys in our children’s areas, or read together.

6. Legos are engaging enough that even the younger kids on this age spectrum will be engrossed the whole time period. Over time this may help them develop longer attention spans. 

7. Kids get to practice problem solving skills. They may need to substitute a piece for another to make something fit, or come up with a new plan when their original idea doesn’t work. Problem solving skills are needed in so many facets of life so it is great to develop them early.

We offer Lego Club times at both libraries! Our upcoming meetings are:

The Childrens Summer Reading Program is our annual summer program for children aged 18 months – 5th grade. Children can participate by attending programs and submitting reading logs, as well as other fun activities!

This year’s theme is Space: A Universe of Stories! Registration for the program opens May 13, and programs will be held at both libraries throughout June and July.

The Children’s Winter Reading Challenge begins in January and ends in February for kids through 5th grade. Top readers (and listeners) have the opportunity to earn prizes every week by turning in Reading Logs and Bingo Sheets.

Bingo Sheets will encourage readers (and listeners) to explore different genres and new things at the library! All Reading Logs will also be entered for the Grand Prize Winter Themed Tote Bag full of prizes and a gift card to Barnes and Noble!

Fun filled craft kits will also be available to take home for those snowy days spent indoors!