Things to See and Do:
Family & Children Computers
The Youth Library is equipped with both Family computers and Children's computers loaded with educational software and games.
Visit the "Family Corner" play area for a fun place to unwind.
Caitlin Benson Collection
A collection of books encouraging children to respect differences and appreciate similarities in themselves and others through reading.
Storytimes @ Storytime Castle
Baby Storytime (0- 18 months)
Mondays, Sep 11 - Nov 20: 10:00 - 10:40 a.m.
Babies and their favorite grown-ups are invited to join us for 40 minutes of rhymes, songs, movement & fun! Program is designed to promote and support the ABC's of parenting: attention, bonding and communication. We save the last 20 minutes for play & social interaction.
Toddler Storytime (18 months - 3 yrs)
Wednesdays, Sep 6 - Nov 15: 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Toddlers and their favorite grown-ups are invited to join us for 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays & fun! Program is designed to promote and support the ABC's of parenting: attention, bonding and communication. We save the last 10 minutes for play & social interaction.
Preschool Storytime (3-5 years)
Thursdays, Sep 7 - Nov 16: 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Join us for fun preschool storytimes that help prepare your child for Kindergarten. Preschool storytimes include books, songs, fingerplays and storyboards to encourage early learning. Activities are developmentally appropriate for children ages 3-5 years.
Family Storytime (All Ages)
Wednesdays, Sep 6 - Nov 15: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Our youngest library customers and their family members of all ages are invited to the library for an evening family storytime where we will share books, music, fingerplays, puppet friends, and lots of interactive learning fun!
Saturday Storytime (All Ages)
Meets the last Saturday of the month - 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Aug 26| Sep 30 | Oct 28 | Nov 25 | Dec 30
Join us the last Saturday of every month. Parents and children will delight in the joys of songs, rhymes, movement activities, and fingerplays that encourage early learning.
Spooktacular Week of Fun
Tuesday, Oct 24 - Tuesday, Oct 31
Location: Throughout the Library
Tempe Public Library will be celebrating Halloween all week long! Come vote for your favorite book themed pumpkin and then go on your own pumpkin scavenger hunt to receive a prize. Join us for our regularly scheduled storytimes which will all have a Halloween theme and a spooky craft. No registration required. Fee: None. 480-350-5500
Trick-Or-Treat at the Tempe Public Library
Tuesday, Oct 31: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Throughout the Library
Children, dress up in your spookiest costume and join us at the library for some fun. We will have trick-or-treating throughout the library. No registration required. Fee: None. 480-350-5500
Tuesdays: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
September 19 - November 14
Location: Youth Library Storytime Room
Children will engage in dramatic and imaginative play as ASU senior theater students share stories and lead children in acting out the story's events. Children are encouraged to attend all of the sessions. Registration in required. Fee: None. 480-350-5500
REGISTER ONLINE - Code #56348
Ages 0- 18 months
Meets Saturdays - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
August 5 - December 9
Location: Youth Library in the Family Corner
Play is a natural tool for children to develop socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Drop in and join other parents and bond with your baby through play! We will have toys geared toward 0-18 months available for the hour. Registration is not required. Fee: None.
Preschool Storytime @ Changing Hands
Meets Once a Month on Tuesdays - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
August 15, Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19
Location: Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe
Visit Changing Hands Bookstore for a Preschool storytime every third Tuesday that includes books, songs, fingerplays, and storyboards to encourage early learning. Activities are developmentally appropriate for children ages 3-5 years. Enjoy a themed craft after stories! No registration required. Fee: None.
eBooks for Kids
- Bilingual Picture books
- Community Helpers
- Potty Time
- Royal Tales
- Toddler Favorites
Children's Book Awards
- (Randolph) Caldecott Medal - American Picture Books
- (Mildred L.) Batchelder Award - International Children's Literature (Translated to English)
- (Pura) Belpré Medal - Latino/a Children's Literature
- (Andrew) Carnegie Medal - Children's Video
- (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Medal - Beginning Reader Books
- (Laura Ingalls) Wilder Award - Children's Authors & Illustrators who've made lasting contributions to the field
Links for Parents