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.


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Upcoming Events for Kids

Box City

Box City

Saturday, January 20, 10:30 a.m.

Calling all junior builders! Spend the morning building a city out of recycled boxes. No registration required. All ages welcome. 

Construction Club

Construction Club

Monday, January 22, 3:30 p.m.

We'll bring the blocks, gears, and marble runs. You bring your young engineers. What can we build together? All ages welcome. 

Interactive Movie

Interactive Movie

Sunday, January 28, 2:00 p.m.

Do you want to build a snowman? If the answer is yes, come and watch a sing-along movie and make paper plate snow globes. Ages 5 and up with adult. Registration Required. To sign-up call (831) 646-3933 or e-mail day@monterey.org. 

STEM Storytime

STEM Storytime

Saturday, February 10, 10:30 a.m.

Your preschooler is a scientist! Help them explore their world through books and hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activities. 

Recommended for ages 3-5. No registration required. 

Questions? Please contact Dayna at (831) 646-5660 or armstrong@monterey.org.

Valentine's Day Crafts

Valentine's Day Crafts

Monday, February 12, 3:30 p.m.

Make Valentine's crafts. The perfect gift for friends and family. For grades 3-5.

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