For Children

An important goal at Johnson County Public Library is to connect children with educational, informational and recreational resources and opportunities. We hope you find this website (our Virtual Branch) a helpful tool for you in that journey!

Resources 

Here is a sampling of what your local branch might have:

  • Game computers for children age 12 and under. No need for a library card on this computer! Kids hop on for half hour sessions to play, listen to stories and songs and interact with fun and educational computer games. Computers even have colorful keyboards and headphones just right for kids.
  • Puzzles, stuffed animals, puppets, games such as Legos or checkers
  • Colorful bulletin boards, friendly characters, a big hand chair, comfy place to read and child-like atmosphere
  • Bookmarks, free for the taking
  • A librarian eager and happy to connect your child with a great book!
  • Much, much more!

The Collection 

Here is a sampling of some items in our collection:

  • Board books, picture books, early readers, in-between chapter books, novels, graphic novels, series, nonfiction, biographies, poetry, fairy tales
  • Audio books on CD for picture books through chapter books, as well as downloadable e-books and audiobooks.
  • Parent/Teacher Collection: books on supporting children's education and enhancing parenting skills
  • Music CDs
  • Braille books
  • Reference books and online databases
  • Science fair project books
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries that can be checked out
  • Newbery Medal titles, Caldecott Medal titles, Young Hoosier Award nominees
  • Entertaining and educational DVDs
  • Much, much more!

Programming 

Find out more information about specific programs on our Calendar of Events. Examples include book discussions, movies, storytelling, crafts, cooking, science, reader dogs, travel club, readers' theater, holidays and more. Except for some special events, programs at the library are free!

Digital Resources for Kids

ABCmouse logo

ABCmouse
ABCmouse.com offers the most comprehensive online curriculum for children ages 2 – 8+ (Preschool to 2nd Grade), including reading and language arts, math, beginning science, social studies, art and music. It can stimulate a child’s enthusiasm for learning through over 6,000 interactive learning activities.

ArtistWorks for Libraries
Learn to play a musical instrument through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals.

Cloud Library

Cloud Library
Contains over 15,000 popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks for readers of all ages. You can read Cloud Library titles on your computer and on many e-readers and mobile devices.

Kanopy Kids

Kanopy Kids
Watch unlimited educational and entertaining movies, TV shows, animated storybooks, live-action shows and other animated favorites with Kanopy Kids for children ages 2-8 for free with a Library card.

Transparent Language Online - KidSpeak
KidSpeak™ is a fun, age-appropriate online language course designed for children ages 6 and up! Accessible through Transparent Language Online, KidSpeak introduces your children to English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese.

Tumblebooks
These animated books for kids in kindergarten to sixth grade are not only fun to watch and read, but they also help young readers develop literacy skills and a love for reading. Tumblebooks offers books in different languages, too!

World Book Online
Online reference source--containing every article from the 22-volume encyclopedia print set plus thousands more. With state-of-the art multimedia, editor-reviewed Web sites, and more.

Reading Programs & Library Fun for Kids

1000 BBK

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
This program, designed for children ages 0-5, encourages families and caregivers to read 1,000 books to their children before kindergarten.

Achieve 3000

Achieve 3,000
Achieve 3000 is a reading program that encourages students in K-12 to keep reading throughout the school year. Audiobooks count too! Log minutes to earn badges and prizes from August 15, 2021-May 15, 2022. If a student reads 15 minutes a day for 200 days, they will have read 3000 minutes and Achieved 3000!

JCPL Kids-on-the-Go Book Bundles and Quick Picks
Let your librarians help you find the perfect books for your child based on age, reading level and interests. Caregivers can complete an easy online form for their child, and then librarians will bundle select books and have them ready for you to pick up when you visit the Library again. When you are in a hurry, ask your children’s librarian for a Quick Pick Kit. Each pre-made kit contains 3-5 books from various categories.

Library of Things

Library of Things
Check out baking kits, Experience Passes, sewing machines, games, ukuleles, microscopes and video games from the from the Library of Things.

Children's Services Managers 

Contact these librarians for further information about materials and programs for children.

Davin Kolderup, Clark Pleasant Branch
317-535-6206

Tiffany Wilson, Franklin Branch
317-738-2098

Todd Jones, Trafalgar Branch
317-878-9560

Chris Kolderup, White River Branch
317-885-1330