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.

Upcoming Events for Kids

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Ballet Instruction: Winter Wonderland

Ballet Instruction: Winter Wonderland

Thursday, January 24, 10:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

Monterey Public Library in partnership with Monterey Recreation will be hosting Ballet Instruction: Winter Wonderland. 

Children will love this fun, action-packed, introductory class. Students will learn ballet steps, use props, and sing songs. Please wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move and dance. For ages 2-5.

Registration is required and is limited to 20 participants. To register please call 831-646-3934 or visit the Library Help Desk. Each class requires separate registration. Registration begins on January 2nd. 

There will be 2 classes: 10:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

Questions, email Dayna, armstrong@monterey.org 

STEM Storytime

STEM Storytime

Saturday, February 2, 10:30 a.m.

Your preschooler is a scientist! Help them explore their world through books and hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activities. For ages 3-5. 

Board Game Afternoon

Board Game Afternoon

Monday, February 4, 3:30 p.m.

Grab a friend and unwind from a long day at school with an hour of board games!

PG Museum of Natural History: Sand Crabs

PG Museum of Natural History: Sand Crabs

Tuesday, February 5, 3:30 p.m.

Learn about sand crabs in this special program hosted by the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Registration required. Sign-ups begin on the first of the month. For 2nd-5th grades. 

Crafternoon

Crafternoon

Wednesday, February 6, 5:00 p.m.

Join us for themed stories and crafts perfect for Elementary School kids. Grades kindergarten and up.  

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