The Children’s Department offers a variety of ongoing and special programs for children and young adults. There is something going on every day including a toddler story time, games, movies, a Grade 3-5 Book Group, a “Read With Me” Book Group, a Writing Group, guest performers, an annual Summer Reading Adventure and a Summer Family Entertainment Series.

Below is just a small sampling of the programs we offer. Sign up for our mailing list to receive the latest Children’s Department news!


Ongoing Programs

Daily: Board Game Club

All ages
No Registration Necessary. Drop-Ins Welcome!

A wide variety of board games are available including Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, Chutes & Ladders, Life, Twister, and many more! Sponsored by The Friends of Forbes Library.

Mondays: Story Time with Ellie Dole

All ages
No Registration Necessary. Drop-Ins Welcome!

Join us for a special story time every Monday (excluding holidays).

Mondays: Tummy Time

In the Community Room
Ages 0-12 months
No Registration Required. Drop-Ins Welcome!

A fun social hour for our youngest patrons. There will be some Tummy Time toys available but please bring your own Boppy or prop pillow. (Not appropriate for active crawlers or walkers)

~The Importance of Tummy Time~

Tummy Time has always been an important sequence in baby development. In the last ten years, the tummy time sequence has been affected by The Back to Sleep Campaign and the use of positioning equipment. This change has also influenced parenting styles. What does this mean to parent and baby? Babies do not like playing on their tummies and often get frustrated and unhappy. Parents need their baby to be content and safe and will often resort to the use of positioning equipment. Use of equipment has become essential to accommodate the parent’s busy, fast paced, convenience oriented lifestyle. Naturally, parents also need equipment to keep their baby safe at home, in the community, and in the car. As a result, babies are missing out on valuable tummy time which promotes muscle and brain development. The Importance of Tummy Time was created to make tummy time more enjoyable and successful for caregiver and baby.

Wednesdays: Toddler Time

Ages 18-36 months
No Registration Required. Drop-Ins Welcome!

Join us for a half an hour of fun and music!

Thursdays: Baby Play Group

Ages 0-18 months
No Registration Required. Drop-Ins Welcome!

Is your baby too old for Tummy Time and Beyond Birth classes? Too young for Toddler Time? Join us for a fun afternoon of play and socializing.

Monthly: Writing Group (we meet on Wednesdays from 4-5pm. Our fall dates are: September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 17)

Bring a piece you’re working on or come in and start something new! We do occasional writing games, free writing, and peer review. The librarian will be there for guidance, if needed.

Monthly:Book Clubs

Our books change every month! Stop by the children’s department to pick up one of this month’s titles. At our meeting we discuss this month’s book, make a craft, and have a snack!

  • Independent Readers
    You are invited to join us-we get together to talk about books, eat a snack and do a fun art project!

  • New Readers Book Club
    This book club is for children who have just started reading chapter books on their own.

  • Monthly: Read With Me Book Group
    Not reading on your own yet? These books are for kids to read with an adult.