All children’s programs are free at the library! No registration is required. Unless otherwise stated, all programs run all year long.

The second, third, and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 10 a.m. feature readaloud stories followed by a craft for toddlers and pre-schoolers. The Children’s Story Hour runs all year long, even during the summers. Storytime is designed to help children develop early literacy and fine motor skills and stimulate play and curiosity through readalouds, finger plays, crafts, and poems. Can’t make it every week? Drop in as your schedule allows!

Join Miss Sheila and Dexter to find out how you can make these simple crafts! A limited number of each themed Craft Cupboard kit is available for sale for $2 each at the library. The picturebooks featured in each video are also available to borrow from the library.

Formerly known as Homework Help, Miss Cheryl, a professional educator, facilitates STEAM activities for elementary level children every Thursday from 6 PM – 7 PM at the library. Every Thursday year round children will plan, design, create, make, discover, and explore. One-on-one support and assistance with homework and school assignments will also be offered on a first come, first served basis during the school year. No sign up or registration is required for this free program.

Come one, come all to Polka Dot City!  All are welcome at the library’s puppet show for toddlers and pre-schoolers–no registration required.  A show is put on the first and fifth Wednesdays of each month at 10 a.m. in the library’s own professional puppet theater.  After the show children will enjoy making a craft to take home with them.

Every Thursday at 10 a.m. year round children ages 3½-5 are invited to the library for Circle Time!  At Circle Time! children learn how to be part of a group, develop listening skills, experience music and movement, and play games.  This program also provides children with opportunities for exploring new concepts and practicing social skills such as sharing and cooperating.  Circle Time enhances children’s level of self-confidence and improves their communication skills to better prepare them for kindergarten.  A wide range of early learning experiences will help children start school ready to read and ready to learn in all subject areas.  Children can attend every week or come when they can.  No registration is required for this free program.  Sessions last approximately 45 minutes each, and parents are encouraged to spend Circle Time! in another part of the library.

Sponsored by the Lebanon County Library System, these engaging storytimes for babies ages birth to two years old feature an interactive storytime filled with games, songs, stories, and more—all of which helps babies develop early emergent literacy skills and prepares them to participate in the library’s Children’s Story Hour. A parent or caregiver must be present with children during class, and siblings are welcome to attend! These programs are free; no registration is required, but space is limited and participation is on a first come, first serve basis. Smart Start Storytime meets at Matthews Public Library on Mondays at 10:30 AM when in session. The complete schedule of Smart Start Storytimes at all Lebanon County public libraries is available here.