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For Kids

Moniteau County Library has a variety of materials, resources and programs for our youngest patrons.

 Children's Programming:

We encourage parents and caregivers to bring their children to the library to checkout books, use computers, and enjoy the Early Literacy Center.  Watch here for future programming information.

Preschool Storytime: Join us every Wednesday at 10:30 for our Preschool Storytime. This is a time of reading, music and movement, and normally either a science or craft activity. This storytime is geared towards children ages 2-5. 


 ELAC signEarly Literacy Activity Center 

The partnership between the library and Head Start has created an inviting space for young children and parents to interact and learn.  The room is open during library hours for anyone in Moniteau county to use for free.  All you have to do is register.  It is also being used for babies and toddlers during Storytimes and Summer Reading Club.  


 The library promotes early literacy by promoting interaction between young children and parents or caregivers.  The goal is to help prepare him or her to be ready to read when they are ready for school.  This is based on the “Racing to Read” Early Literacy 5 main AREAS OF EMPHASIS:

     1.  LOVE BOOKS—Build print awareness, build vocabulary & learn letters

     2.  SING & RHYME—Play with sounds, songs, & rhymes

     3.  TELL STORIES– Build narrative skills by  creating stories & play make believe.  Your child is the storyteller.

     4.  TALK & READ– Explore lots of words and encourage talking

        5.    PLAY with LETTERS– Find print everywhere.  Trace letters.

Watching others enjoy reading, taking your child to the library to choose books, and spending time reading together will help your child to develop a positive attitude about learning.




Children’s Collections: Our Children’s books are divided into several categories to help you find the perfect book. The Easy (E) picture book collection (yellow circles) is for children up to third grade. It is further divided to help you select the perfect book at the right age and reading level. There are board books (EBB) for toddlers, (ER) for beginning readers, and (ENF) are easy information books.

Building Block LogoWe have the 2018 BUILDING BLOCK nominated books for preschoolers- Kindergarten which are selected by the Missouri Library Association. These books will be featured in the fall story time sessions. 

The Juvenile (JF) chapter book collection (blue circles) is for children in grades 3-6 or whoever reads at that level. It is further divided into (JR) for easy chapter books and (JNF) for non-fiction or information books.

We have the 2018-2019 SHOW ME (Grades 1-3) and MARK TWAIN Award (Grades 4-6) nominated books available in the Easy (Show Me) and Juvenile (Mark Twain) sections of the library. Missouri School Librarians have nominated these books for students to read and vote for their favorite in March 2019.

Media Collections: Titles of interest to children in CD, DVD and VHS formats are housed in the general media collection. There is a small collection of audio books with a printed book in the easy department.

Children’s Computers:

The library has 4 early literacy stations that provide educational games appropriate for pre-readers and beginning readers. One of the stations is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) and all are located in the children’s area.  It's a popular spot!

Listen to a Story:

Story Time Online       Listen to an actor or actress read a story while you watch the pictures.




Online Resources: logo                    With 3,500+ Interactive books, educational games, puzzles and other learning activities,'s award winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+)  from Age of Learning, Inc.


Explore new ways to keep learning.  Anytime.  Anywhere.  PBS Kids logoClick link here for PBS KIDS

If you don’t find what you need here, check the ‘Resources’ tab on the bar at the top of the page.

Parent Resources:

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