The North Carolina Collection's hours will be Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., starting Monday, 10/2. More info >
Behind-the-scenes software update - you can now log in to the online catalog, view your account, and place holds. Phone renewals are not available yet - for now, you can renew online or by contacting us.

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

This Week In the Lab: Spheros

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Main Library

Join the STEAM Team in the Innovation Lab during specified open hours to explore emerging tech with Spheros!...

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

3D Printer Orientation Part 2 (In-Person)

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Main Library (Computer Lab)

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

Registration full. Join the waitlist >

Baby and Me Lapsit Time!

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 • 10:30am - 11:00pm

Main Library (Children's Programming Room)

Come join us for stories, music, hand rhymes, bubbles and lots of fun! This 30-minute storytime at the Main Library is designed for infants to 23 months,wiith colorful stories, happy songs and playthings to draw their attention. Quick reads and...

Ages: Baby, Intergenerational

Down the Rabbit Hole Movement Challenge

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 • All day

South Regional Library

Join us for South Regional's Down the Rabbit Hole Movement Challenge! This Alice in Wonderland-themed exercise challenge will begin on September 1st and run through October 31st. You can start your challenge at any time between those dates, and...

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

HEAD 2 HEAD: Kidz Poll

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 • All day

South Regional Library (South Regional - Children's Area)

It's time to vote!! A kid's voting station has been set up in the children's area at the South Regional library. Which is your favorite gaming movie: Detective Pikachu (2019) or Super Mario Bros (2023)? Let us know!...

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

Hispanic Heritage Month Scavenger Hunt at Southwest Regional Library

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 • All day

Southwest Regional Library (Southwest Regional - Children's Area)

Let’s celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 18th through October 14th with a SCAVENGER HUNT. ALL DAY!                               ...

Ages: Elementary School, Intergenerational, Kindergarten, Pre-School, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

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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.

NCpedia

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

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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