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

Imagination Space

Friday, August 19, 2022 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

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

Come join us on Friday to make a craft with Ms.Chelsea! Let your imagination run wild with the different crafts we will make! From making your own sidewalk paint to DIY crafts you are sure to have a great time! 

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

Dog Days of August Scavenger Hunt

Friday, August 19, 2022 • 9:30am - 6:00pm

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

Try to see if you can find all of the dogs photos in the children's section. Write down the number on each and win 2 buttons!

Ages: Pre-School, Toddler

Back to School Scavenger Hunt

Friday, August 19, 2022 • All day

East Regional Library

Come to the East Regional Library for a back to school themed scavenger hunt in the children's area of the library. Stop by the children's desk, and pick up a clue sheet to start the hunt. Find all seven clues then go to the information desk...

Ages: Elementary School, Kindergarten, Pre-School

Waffle Scavenger Hunt! @ Southwest

Friday, August 19, 2022 • All day

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

  Stop by the Children's Desk to get started! 

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

SATURDAY SURPRISE

Saturday, August 20, 2022 • 11:00am - 11:30am

South Regional Library (South Meeting Room - Full Room)

Join us each Saturday for a fun, family activity. Some Saturdays will be traditional storytime, sometimes lego fun, sometimes crafts, sometimes movies, or maybe just outdoor fun. You just never know but whatever it is, it is going to be FUN!...

Ages: Kindergarten, Pre-School, Toddler

Registration required

Mindful Mages

Saturday, August 20, 2022 • 11:00am - 12:00pm

North Regional Library

Join us for a fantasy storytelling and mindfulness program for elementary students and tweens. This program is for fans of nature, adventure, crafting, and roleplaying games (RPGs)!

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

Registration required

Kids Movie Mornings

Saturday, August 20, 2022 • 11:00am - 12:30pm

East Regional Library (East Meeting Room - Full Room)

Join all your friends at the library for a movie and a snack during our break from storytimes!   

Ages: Baby, Kindergarten, Pre-School, Toddler

Registration required

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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

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.

Meet the children’s librarians

Ms. Olivia in her chef's hat, ready to whip up some fun

Ms. Olivia

Location: North Regional Library

Since the summer of 2014, Ms. Olivia has assisted in Children’s Services. She can’t believe that she gets paid telling stories! She can’t believe that she gets paid to sing and dance with children and adults! She can’t believe how much fun she has at DCo Library — and she gets paid!

Pronouns: she/her

Meet all the children’s librarians >