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

Baby Rhyme Time

Baby Rhyme Time

Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Songs and rhymes are a baby's first stories. Familiar nursery rhymes and gentle games will give you tools to bond with your baby and begin their journey toward reading. Stick around afterward for our stay-and-play time to connect with other parents and caregivers.

Preschool Songs and Stories

Preschool Songs and Stories

Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Play and learn with your children through stories, songs, puppets, and fun activities designed to build their early literacy skills. The 10:15am and the 11:00am storytimes are identical. 



Tuesday, November 28, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

You and your child are invited to experience art together at your own pace. Design, build, concoct, and discover! There is no right or wrong way to be creative.

Activities will include chalk drawing, painting, straw rockets, marble runs, sculpting with toothpicks, making slime, playdough building, and sensory play. 

TinkerLab runs each Tuesday afternoon from November 28th through December 12th. No registration required. Best for Preschool-2nd grade.


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

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