Friday, December 19, 2014

Next BARK read aloud is Jan. 3

B.A.R.K (Beach Animals Reading with Kids) will be held in the Talbert Room from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. Children ages 4 to 12 years old can read aloud to dog. Books are available from the children to choose from. It is a great way for children to practice their reading skills.

Storytime Vacation Dec. 23 - Jan. 3

There will be no Toddler, Preschool or Craft storytimes at Central or any branch library from Tuesday, Dec. 23 through Saturday, January 3. Our BARK storytime will still take place on Saturday, Jan. 3 in the Talbert Room from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Regular storytime schedules will resume on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Win a Giant Teddy and have Santa Deliver it.

The Friends of the Children's Library are raffling off a giant stuffed Teddy Bear which will be delivered by Santa. Tickets for this raffle are being sold at the Central Library Children's Desk. Tickets are $3 each/ 2 for $5 / 5 for $10.

Prize includes
3 foot cuddly brown bear
Complete collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories with full-color illustrations
Home delivery by Santa (must live within 15 miles of the library)

Winner will be drawn on Dec. 19 after 3:00 p.m.

Surf City Santa will deliver the bear to your home the evening on Monday, December 22, 2014.
 (Alternate arrangements can be made)

Holiday Tile Sale now through December

Paint a tile and have it installed on the Children' wall. We supply the glazes, tiles and firing.
Tiles are normally $50 each, but are now $40 each. You can also buy tile painting certificates at the sale price. Buy now and paint later!

Give a gift that will last years to come. All proceeds go towards Books for Kids.

For $30 you can have a tile painted and placed on either the very top side or bottom on the central post by the Dr. Seuss sofa.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spin Us a Story Contest deadline extended to 12/31

Preschoolers through 8th grade students are invited to take part in the Friends of the Children's Library annual writing and illustrating contest. Winners receive Barnes and Noble gift cards at a special ceremony held during our Authors Festival, January 27, 2015.

All entries are due at the Central Library Children's Desk by December 31, 2014.

This year's theme is SPIN US A STORY.

Choose from three story ideas. Click here for story choices and entry form.

Click here for contest rules.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Central Library Homework Club

The Central Library's Homework Club will be starting on Monday, September 22. It is held in the downstairs Maddy Room (next to the Coffee Cart) from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. New and returning students and their parent will need to register with the homework coordinator before tutoring will start. Registration starts at 3:15 p.m. and takes place in the Maddy Room before the start of each Homework Club session. Once a child has registered for the year, the child does not need to register again until the following school year.

Students need to bring their homework and worksheets with them to homework club. Adults and high school juniors and seniors interested in being tutors and volunteering a minimum of 1 1/2 hours per week should email Barbara at

Homework Club runs September 22, 2014 through May 20, 2015. Homework Club does not meet during the Fall, Winter and Spring breaks.

The library also offers FREE online year round tutoring seven days a week from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with their database, BRAINFUSE. Connect with online tutors who can help students with elementary learning topics as well as algebra, geometry and calculus.

Monday, June 2, 2014

B.A.R.K. Storytime will contine througout the year!

Good News! While our August BARK storytime is now full, we will be revamping and continuing the program throughout the year.

B.A.R.K. (beach animals reading with kids) Storytime is held the first Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. B.A.R.K. is a reading enrichment program for children ages 4 to 12. Founded in 2007, it is an all-volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidnece by reading aloud to certified trained therapy dogs.

Held in the Talbert Room.