Kids and Families

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

Happy child, happy librarian.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.

Highlights are our extensive folk and fairy tale collection and our Storytime Kits, complete with specially chosen picture books on popular subjects, puppets, flannel boards, and everything you need to take the storytime experience home with you. Child playing with blocks at the library.

You're always welcome to ask our highly skilled children's librarians for personal guidance. We're librarians. We love questions and we'd love to meet you.


Upcoming Events for Kids

It's the Season for Singing! w/ MaryLee Sunseri

It's the Season for Singing! w/ MaryLee Sunseri

Saturday, December 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join MaryLee Sunseri for a morning of music the entire family will love. Sing along with songs that celebrate the winter holidays. All ages welcome.

Construction Club

Construction Club

Tuesday, December 19, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

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

Crazy 8s Math Club - Grades K-2

Crazy 8s Math Club - Grades K-2

Tuesday, January 9, 3:30 p.m.

Are you ready to get crazy? Join Bedtime Math's Crazy 8s! You'll build stuff, toss beach balls, make a mess, and make sense of math in a whole new way. For Kindergarten-2nd graders.

Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. at the Monterey Public Library. This free program runs January 9-February 27. Registration is required and attendance at all eight meetings is preferred. Call (831)646-3933 to register!


*Detailed information about age guidelines and policies is available here.

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