About Children's Services

KidsThe Library is a fun place for children and their caregivers to play and learn together. Nurture your child's curiosity and creativity with Library collections and activities. If you have questions, please call (812) 349-3050 or email childref [at] mcpl.info.

The Collection

The Library children's collection includes board books, picture books, early readers, first chapter books, fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks, playaways, DVDs, CDs, video games, toys for ages birth–4, launchpads, storytime kits, and juvenile book club kits. The Library also has an extensive eLibrary collection.

Children's Services at the Main Library

The Main Library houses the collection, computers, launchpads, board games, a train table, and more. The Main Library also offers a Learn and Play Space for children age birth–6 and their caregivers to explore together with fun learning activities that promote early literacy skills. Enjoy dedicated play time with your youngest in the Baby Space, an early literacy center for infants not yet walking and their adult caregivers, featuring soft lighting and a rocking chair. Mothers who seek privacy while breastfeeding may request to use a private nursing room.

Children's Services at Ellettsville

The Ellettsville Children's Room houses much of the collection and educational computer games, along with a LEGO table. The Ellettsville Preschool Room for young children and their caregivers includes an imaginative play area, giving your young child many opportunities to read, talk, sing, write, and play.

Free Events and Programming

Discover programs throughout the year for children of all ages, from birth–12. Flip through the seasonal program guide or check the event calendar for details on storytimes, and a variety of other programs, ranging from STEAM activities to movies, and much more. The Library's annual Summer Reading Game combines weekly activities and special events to help children find fun things to read and do in the summer, helping children maintain their reading skills outside of school. Earn points and prizes by keeping a reading list, attending programs, taking weekly challenges, and discovering something new.

Story Walk

Out in the community? Try the Story Walk, a page-by-page reading and walking journey at two locations––Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park (812 W. Ninth Street, Bloomington) and Flatwoods Park (9499 Flatwoods Road, Gosport). Each stop on the Story Walk offers a fun reading activity designed to build literacy skills.

Outreach

The Library offers resources for parents and educatorsclassroom tours, homework help, and recommendations. The Library also provides early literacy support for Head Start locations and other preschool facilities through onsite programming, book deliveries, and Every Child Ready to Read workshops.