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Children's Programs

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All children's programs have been cancelled or postponed during the Library's COVID-19 closure. 

See our homepage for information about online programming and our Mom, I'm bored page for fun ideas while you're at home.


Important Notices Regarding Our Programs and Events:

  • It's always a good idea to check our Calendar for last-minute changes or cancellations.
  • Visit our Children's Storytimes page to see all our great storytime offerings!
  • To obtain more information about these programs and events, please call the Library at 303-651-8477.
  • All programs and events are free, unless otherwise noted.
  • All craft fees, if noted, must be paid prior to the day of the event.
  • Registration is required for all programs, unless otherwise noted below. Please register by clicking or tapping the "Register" button.  If you do not have an email address, you may register by calling 303-651-8477 or visiting the information desk in the Children's and Teens area. Registration will close at 3 pm the day prior to the program so that staffing needs can be assessed.
  • Children aged 8 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver or adult aged 16 or older.
  • All programs and events are held at the Library, unless otherwise noted.
  • If you require reasonable accommodation(s) in order to participate in these programs, please call (303) 651-8477.
  • Summer Reading Programs are about reading and earning prizes -- summer activities and programs are separate from the reading programs and do not require participation in the reading programs. 
  • Comuníquese con Valerie al 303-651-8783 para información en español.
  • These programs are generously funded by the Friends of the Longmont Library.

The Friends of the Longmont Library generously support library programs and services.


Special Programs and Events for Children

Join the fun of the annual Peeps diorama contest at the Library!

6th Annual Peeps Literary Diorama Contest! -- POSTPONED

  • THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE HELD WHEN THE LIBRARY REOPENS. PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES!
  • PEEPS last forever (trust us, we know this), so go ahead and make your dioramas while you're practicing healthy social isolation!
  • Drop off dioramas March 26 to April 2; Vote for your favorite in the Library lobby, April 3-9.
  • It's back! Join the fun of the Library's annual diorama contest using marshmallow peeps to depict notable scenes from beloved books.
  • Dioramas can be dropped off at the Library, starting Thursday, March 26.  All entries must be received by Thursday, April 2 at 9 pm. Adult dioramas need to be submitted at the 2nd Floor Information Desk.  Children's and tweens' category submissions need to be dropped off at the Children's and Teens Desk.
  • Stop by the Library lobby between Friday, April 3 and Thursday, April 9 to vote for your favorite!
  • Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
    • Best Adult Diorama (ages 14+)
    • Best Tween Diorama (ages 9-13)
    • Best Kid Diorama (ages 8 and younger)
    • Best Transformation of a Peep
    • Best Diorama Title
    • Library's Choice (voted on by library staff)
    • "Peeple's Choice" (determined by popular vote)
  • Winners will be announced on Friday, April 10 and winners will be contacted about their prizes.
  • Dioramas must contain one or more marshmallow Peeps, can be no larger than 16"x16", should depict a book theme, and must be freestanding.
  • The Library is not responsible for any damage done to the diorama while on display, and dioramas not retrieved after the contest will be repurposed.
  • Please review complete rules and fill out an entry form.
  • Watch the 2017 news story from Fox 31. (Please note that dates in the article and video are from 2017)

Ongoing Programs and Groups for Children

Art Cart Tuesdays

  • Every Tuesday during the School Year, 3 to 5 pm
  • Drop in and enjoy some fun and creative art activities after school on Tuesdays. Each week, we'll provide supplies and a suggested project that you can make and take home.
  • This self-paced, self-directed activity is designed primarily for kids in grades 3rd through 6th, but children of all ages are welcome.
  • Children under age 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver aged 16 or older.
  • Program does not operate during the summer or other school vacation periods.
  • In Craft Room.
  • No registration required.

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Drop-in, Free Tutoring During the School Year

  • Every Wednesday during the School Year, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Drop-in, free tutoring with trained, experienced tutors!
  • One-on-one math, science, writing and reading help.
  • For students kindergarten through high school; home schoolers welcome!
  • No registration required; first-come, first-served.
  • Program does not operate during the summer or other school vacation periods.
  • Visit our Homework Help page for more resources.

The library offers chess club for chess enthusiasts ages 7 and older.

Chess Club

  • Every First and Third Monday, 7 to 8 pm, please check the Calendar.
  • Players of all levels are welcome.
  • Best for ages 7 and up.
  • No registration required.

The Library offers a Lego Club for children of all ages.

LEGO Club

  • First Friday of the month, 6 to 8 pm
  • Complete a building challenge and have your creations displayed in the Library!
  • Family event; all ages welcome; snacks provided.
  • Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration required.
  • This is an after-hours event, so we ask that participants use the West Entrance doors only.

¡Lotería Mexicana!

  • First Sundays through May, 2 to 3 pm
  • Traditional Mexican bingo night for the whole family
  • We use chocolate for "money," and prizes include bilingual books and treats from local Mexican markets.
  • This is a bilingual, family event -- all ages are welcome!
  • No registration required.

New and learning readers can read to therapy dogs as part of the D.E.A.R. program at the library.

Dogs Enjoy Afternoon Reading (D.E.A.R.)

  • Second Saturday of the month, 1 to 2 pm
  • Children of all ages are invited to read to specially trained dogs. Great program for young or tentative readers -- dogs don't judge or get frustrated!
  • Drop-in program, no registration required.
  • D.E.A.R dogs are registered, and guardians are with dogs at all times.
  • Interested in learning more about the D.E.A.R. program?  Get more information here.

Mayor's Book Club, free books

Mayor's Book Club

  • A FREE monthly program for 3 and 4 year old children.
  • Participating children receive a new book each month until they turn 5.
  • Children can also watch the Mayor and others read the monthly book on Longmont's Channel 8. 
  • The purpose of the Mayor's Book Club is to encourage a love for reading.  Reading early in life also helps promote child development and later school success. 
  • Brought to you by the City of Longmont, Division of Children, Youth and Families, and Bright EYES.
  • Download the printable enrollment form, in Spanish and English.
  • Visit the Mayor's Book Club website.

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The library offers morning, bedtime and bilingual children's storytimes The library has storytime kits for toddlers and preschoolers.The library has experience bags for toddlers and preschoolers.The library has kits for children's book clubs.The Library has many special programs and services for children and youth with special needs.You can watch some of the library's recorded children's programs online.

Library programs for teens


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