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More than books... More than reading...

Some kids need a little more than words and pictures on a page to engage with reading, and all kids enjoy reading more when it's accompanied by other items that enrich the reading and learning process -- turning it into an experience. That enrichment is the basis for our new Youth Experience Bags -- four sets of bags for different ages, topics, and purposes.

All Youth Experience Bags check-out for two weeks, so you have plenty of time to enjoy your bag (even over and over and over again!). Bags are not renewable, and each patron may only check out one bag at a time. Overdue fines for Experience Bags are $1 per day, per bag.  

All of these bags are part of the larger Youth Experience Bag collection, and sub-collections are delineated by their different bag colors. Librarians in the Children’s and Teens’ section will continue to expand the collection as funds allow.

The links below will take you to the Library's catalog, where you can see the contents of each bag and place a hold on the bag of your choice!


The library has experience bags for toddlers and preschoolers.First Experience Bags

... because early childhood is all about firsts.

First Experience Bags are designed for preschoolers through young elementary school children facing first time experiences that can be scary or cause apprehension.  These bags include books, videos, music, and toys to help ease the fear of the unknown around common childhood experiences. The materials in these bags come in many formats that are geared towards a full sensory experience that allow for conversation starters and imaginative play. They are light blue in color.


The library has storytime kits for toddlers and preschoolers.Storytime Kits

...because reading comes before learning.

Storytime Kits are ideal for preschoolers through elementary school children.  Each bag features several books on a theme, a particular author, or a series, plus a stuffed animal friend or manipulative toy. These stories and toys are designed to be fun and engaging and are meant to facilitate read-alouds between grown-up and child or a group of friends. These bags were previously known as “CATS Tales” but have been refreshed and rebranded.  These kits are also in light blue bags.


The library has kits for children's book clubs.Children's Book Club Kits

... because reading is even more fun with friends.

Children’s Book Club Kits are designed to encourage children and their adults to begin their very own book groups!  Each kit contains multiple copies of a single popular title, along with ideas for discussion and other materials to encourage conversations about the book. These kits are aimed at later elementary and junior readers. These kits are in dark blue bags, and, along with the Teen Book Club Kits below, were previously part of the Teen “Books in a Bag” collection but they have also been refreshed and rebranded.


The library has book kits for teen book clubs.Teen Book Club Kits

... because reading is even more fun with friends.

Teen Book Club Kits are created for tweens and teens to facilitate a communal reading experience, whether as a formal book club, or just a group of friends. These kits contain multiple copies of a single popular title, along with materials to prompt discussion about the book. These kits are in teal-colored bags.


Have a suggestion for new Youth Experience Bag? Share it with us by clicking the button to the left and completing the short online form. Thanks!


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