Kids and Families

The Monterey Public Library is a center for exploration and learning for all ages, through books and beyond.

Happy familyAre you looking for a great book to read? Do you need help with a homework assignment? Great! You've come to the right place for those and more. How about some multisensory, hands-on learning? Our programs recognize the enormous potential for learning together. We offer creative experiences for families with babies first discovering their world through teens and their wealth of fresh ideas.

In addition to books for all ages, our collections include books on CD, DVDs, magazines, age-appropriate research databases, and free downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. Child playing with blocks at the library.

You're always welcome to ask our friendly staff for assistance. We love questions and we'd love to meet you. 

Storytimes

Bilingual Storytime

Bilingual Storytime

Every 1st & 3rd Thursday, 10:30am

Connect with your little one through stories and songs in Spanish and English. This storytime is designed to build bilingual early literacy skills. Recommended for ages 18 months-5 years.

Musical Storytime

Musical Storytime

Every 2nd & 4th Thursday, 10:30am

Sing, dance, and learn with your child through stories, songs, and fun activities designed to build their early literacy skills. Recommended for ages 18 months-5 years.

Baby Rhyme Time

Baby Rhyme Time

Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Songs and rhymes are a baby's first stories. Familiar nursery rhymes and gentle games will give you tools to bond with your baby and begin their journey toward reading. Stick around afterward for our stay-and-play time to connect with other parents and caregivers.

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Upcoming Events for Kids

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Little Chef

Little Chef

Saturday, November 17, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join us for food themed stories and hands-on cooking. All ingredients and untensils will be provided. Limited to 20 children plus adult. Registration required. Sign-ups begin on the first of the month. For ages 3-5. 

Paws to Read

Paws to Read

Monday, November 19, 3:30 p.m.

Spend some time reading to a certified therapy dog. Participants will sign up for 10 minute reading sessions to read a selection of their choice to a new furry friend. For kindergarten and up. Sign up begins 10 minutes prior to the start date. 

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Crafts

Tuesday, November 20, 3:30 p.m.

Join us to make crafts perfect for the season! For grades 3rd-5th. 

Boredom Buster Bingo

Boredom Buster Bingo

Sunday, November 18-Saturday, November 24

Pick up a Boredom Buster Bingo card at the Library Help Desk for your chance to win a prize during the November break. All ages welcome. 

Construction Club

Construction Club

Monday, November 26, 3:30 p.m.

We'll bring the blocks, gears, and marble runs. You bring your young engineers. What can we build together? All ages welcome. 

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