For kids and families

The library is a place for all kinds of families to discover, explore, and have fun together.

It’s not just books (although we’ve got a great collection for kids!). At the library you can:

…and much more!

For every age

Through every stage of your lifelong learning journey, the library is there for you. From the very beginning with lapsit storytimes and board books, through homework help and fun activities for kids in school, and into the teen years and beyond – at every age, we can help you grow, learn, and have fun!

Upcoming events

3D Printing Orientation Part 1 (virtual)

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm


Learn how to 3D print from idea to design to fabrication! In this two part orientation series, you will learn how to design and 3D print your own ideas....

Ages: Adult, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, High School, Intergenerational, Middle School, Senior Citizen, Teen, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

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K-5 STEAM TEAM: Coding Games

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm

East Regional Library (East Regional - Children's Programming Room)

Join us at the library as we play with coding games. We will learn and have fun together. No experience is necessary! *Registration is required. 

Ages: Elementary School, Kindergarten

Registration required

Nature Club @ Southwest - DIY Seed Paper

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 • 4:30pm - 5:15pm

Southwest Regional Library (Southwest Regional - Children's Programming Room)

Learn about gardening, wildlife, eco friendly crafts, and more! We'll do a different activity each month. Ages 7-11....

Ages: Elementary School, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

Registration required

Switch it Up Bragtown

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Bragtown Branch Library

Come play the Nintendo Switch at Bragtown; and bring your friends!

Ages: Elementary School, Middle School

Book Club & Movie Time (2nd-3rd Grade)

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm

South Regional Library (South Regional - Children's Programming Room)

Please join our 2nd & 3rd Grade Book Club! Registration for this program is required. For this session, we will be discussing Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. We will also watch the live-action film that is based on the...

Ages: Elementary School

Registration required

Pajama Storytime

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 • 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Southwest Regional Library (Southwest Meeting Room - Full Room)

Join us for an all ages evening Storytime that will include stories, songs, and fun! Kids are welcome to bring their favorite stuffed animal and wear their pajamas if they'd like. ...

Ages: Baby, Elementary School, Intergenerational, Kindergarten, Pre-School, Toddler

HEAD 2 HEAD: Kidz Poll

Wednesday, February 01, 2023 • All day

South Regional Library

It's time to vote!! A kid's voting station has been set up in the children's area at the South Regional library. Our new HEAD 2 HEAD competition will be voting on your favorite animated FANTASTICAL movie: The Lego...

Ages: Baby, Elementary School, Kindergarten, Middle School, Pre-School, Toddler, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds, DPS

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Featured online resources

Brainfuse HelpNow

Free online tutoring, help with writing assignments, and more.

Help and more info for Brainfuse HelpNow

Just for Kids Access Video

Kids’ shows, with favorites like Sesame Street, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, and more.


Info about North Carolina history, people, government, and educational institutions.

More online resources for kids >

Accounts and access

Library cards

No one is too young or old to get a library card! Kids from 0 to 17 can check out items, use computers, and more with a juvenile card. A parent or guardian must be present to sign up for the card.

For Durham Public Schools students – Bull City, NC SLAM

Durham Public Schools students can also check out items through the Bull City, NC SLAM program. No sign-up is required: students already have a SLAM ID unless you’ve opted out of the program – it’s the same as your student ID or PowerSchool number. You can use your SLAM IDs for checking out books, using library resources online, and more. Learn more about how Bull City, NC SLAM works.

Online storytimes

Join our awesome children’s librarians as they share some of their favorite stories!
More online programming: Online storytime playlist Toddler Tuesday Wacky Wednesday Bilingual Thursday

Meet the children’s librarians

Children's librarian Iris


Location: East Regional Library

Iris is a retired Health Educator with the State of North Carolina, serving the public for 34 years. She is an NCSU Emeritus professor and a native of Durham, NC. She is now happily continuing to serve North Carolina citizens in her part-time retirement position as Children’s Library Assistant with the East Regional Library.

Pronouns: she/her

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