Kids

SCOUT

Visit SCOUT, at our Kids' Catalog to find great children's books both in the library and online!

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Programs

Take and Make Bags 

Take and Make bags featuring easy DIY crafts are available to take home and make at your leisure on a weekly basis. Early literacy bags provide interactive materials for children birth to pre-K. STEAM bags based on science, technology, engineering, art, and math provide interactive lessons for kids kindergarten to 5th grade. 

Outdoor Story Times

Outdoor story times are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings to teach early literacy skills to children birth through pre-K. Registration is required to attend. Call the library to learn more details.

Little Clips for Little Readers

Little Clips for Little Readers are short videos featuring fun rhymes, songs, and literacy tips for children aged birth to five and their parents and caregivers. Look for these videos posted weekly on the SPPL’s Facebook and monthly on the SPPL’s YouTube Channel.

Services

Dial-A-Story

Take a break from screen time to listen to librarians reading stories. Call (910) 900-9099 and select a story. Press # at any point during the story to return to the main menu. New stories will become available each month.

Story Walk

Enjoy a story and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s picture book are located on special display posts on a walking path outside the library. Featured books change seasonally. 

Kids’ Book Club Kits

Book club kits featuring picture books for kids are available for borrowing. Each kit contains 8 copies of the book and a discussion guide. Kits check out for a 6 week period with no renewals to one SPPL library card member.

Next Reads

Running out of things to read? Fill out the Next Reads online form describing some of your favorite (and least favorite) books. The librarians will select a custom list of 5 recommended titles to read based off your form responses. You will receive your list  via email within 3 to 5 business days.

Resources

Library Guides

Discover books, online library resources, and websites tailored to a specific topic of subject area.

Online Library Resources

Use your library card and PIN to access subscription content at home or on the go. Below lists the best online library resources for kids.

  • Audio Book Cloud
    An online audio book library collection for public libraries.
  • Britannica Library
    Age appropriate reference materials for three unique groups - children, young adults, and older patrons.
  • Gale Literary Sources
    Combines Literature Resource Center with Gale Virtual Reference Library in one interface. Articles, critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, and biographies covering authors, their works, and literary movements.
  • History Study Center
    A collection of primary and secondary sources on global history from ancient times to the present day.
  • Kids - North Carolina Digital Library Best Bet
    The Kids Collection includes eBooks, audiobooks, and videos available for streaming or download to most devices. Users will need their library card number and PIN number to access this collection. Call or visit the library for help and more information.
  • NC Kids Digital Library
    The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina have created a digital resource sharing service. Over 3,700 eBooks, Audiobooks, Videos, and Read-Alongs are now available for kids’ pre-K through 4th grade on NC Kids Digital Library.
  • Tumble Book Library
    Kid book collection with animation, sound, music, and narration in different formats: story books, online audio books, interactive games, puzzles, and quizzes.