Children's Services

Summer at the Inglewood Public Library - MAIN Library and Crenshaw Imperial Branch

Chess Club - Crenshaw Library
Storyteller Karen Golden
Summertime Events:  Chess Club with Librarian Ritse (left) and Storytelling with Professional Storyteller Karen Golden (above)

Children who finished the Summer Reading Program at the MAIN Library by reading at least 8 books (below) showing off their Mobiles.

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STEAM August 2018

(Left) Participants in the STEAM Workshop for Kids 
Fridays at 3:00 p.m. at the MAIN Library.


The Children's Services Division offers books, DVDs, and other resources for adults and children from ages birth to 13 years. The division maintains a public service desk staffed by professional children's librarians who provide Reference Assistance and Readers' Advisory - recommending books for individual children, parents, teachers, and caregivers.

The Children's Librarians also conduct children's programs including Storytimes for all different ages. Summer Reading Programs, Building Blocks, Movies, Puppet Shows, Arts & Crafts, STEM and STEAM programs are also very popular. We also feature performers - Magicians, Storytellers, Musicians, and others.  Please check our LIBRARY CALENDAR for dates and times.

The librarians also offer school and class visits for schools located in Inglewood.  In a school visit, the Children's Librarian will visit a school to talk about the public library, booktalk (describe new books), or other topic arranged by the teacher ahead of time.  In a class visit, teachers may bring their classes to the public library for an orientation for their students, storytime, booktalks, or other topics.  

  • Children's Reference Services
    Let us help you!  Our librarians are "search experts" and can help you locate the information or book you are seeking in person or by phone: 310-412-5645
    Let us help you get started with Science Fair Experiments, State Reports, Country Reports, Poetry, Endangered Species and other Animals, and more!

  • Children's Readers' Advisory
    Let us help you find the next book that you'd like to read.  We can recommend books within a certain genre (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Humorous, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, and Nonfiction) on any grade level.  
    • Children's Book Lists by Grade and Topic
    • You can also use our online Database - Novelist to find books(You will need your library card to access)
  • Computers in the Children's Room
    • Computers are available for children (up to age 13) on the 1st floor in the Children's Room.  To use a library computer, you need to have a Children's Inglewood Public Library Card. (Apply at the Circulation Desk).  There are also 3 "AWE - Early Literacy Station" computers for children ages 3 to 5 years that can be used without a library card.
    • Use your personal electronic device anywhere in the library with our FREE Wi-Fi.
  • Copy Machine and Print Station- Black & White, Color
    • Located on the 1st floor in the Children's Room (Black & White only $ .15 per page)
    • Print in Children's Room.  Pick up on the 2nd floor (Color - $ .50 per page)

Please contact a children's librarian for more information.  (310) 412-5645


BookflixTumblebook Library Scholastic Go

For More
Children's Databases

BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic short children's films from Weston Woods with related nonfiction from books.TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children.  Over 250 books are animated and read aloud to the users. Also includes exciting games and puzzles!Scholastic Go is an online database that contains over 120,000 articles , 340,00 vetted web links, 1,100 newspapers in 73 languages from 195 countries, maps, and much more.


For program information, please see:   LIBRARY CALENDAR AT A GLANCE  or  LIBRARY EVENTS

Bilingual Storytime
Ages 3 - 5
Stories, songs, and other activities in English and Spanish.
Mondays 1:00 p.m.  - MAIN Library
Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. - CRENSHAW Branch

Family Storytime
All Ages
Stories, songs, flannelboards, music and movement, and a film or craft.
Saturdays 1:00 p.m. - MAIN Library

E.L.F. - Early Literacy for Families - October 1 - November 15, 2018
Programs dedicated to early literacy skills.  For more information, scroll to the bottom of this page.  All of these programs lay the foundation for lifelong literacy through fun rhymes, fingerplays, stories, and songs.
          Baby Storytime (Ages 0 to 18 months)
          Spend a wonderful time bonding with your baby.
               Mondays 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  CRENSHAW Library

               Thursdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   MAIN Library

          Toddler Storytime (Ages 18 months to 3 years)
          You and your baby/toddler are invited to a fun, educational storytime.
               Mondays 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  CRENSHAW Library
               Thursdays 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   MAIN Library

          Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 years to 5 years)
          Interactive storytime with stories, music, movement, and a film or art activity follow.
               Thursdays 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CRENSHAW Library
               Thursdays 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  MAIN Library

Building Blocks

Building Blocks and Board Games
All Ages
Create and play with building blocks for children of all ages.  Or, play a board game with a fellow library patrons.
     Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. - CRENSHAW Library

     Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - MAIN Library

Learn to play chess or play with other chess players.
Ages 5 and up
     Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. - MAIN Library
     Thursdays 4:00 p.m. - CRENSHAW Library

Family Movies
Please call the library for movie titles. 310-412-5645
All Ages
     Tuesdays  2:00 p.m. - MAIN Library (through August 14)
     Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. - MAIN Library (August 21 and after )

Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through different activities.
All Ages
     Mondays 3:00 p.m. - CRENSHAW Library
     Fridays 2:00 p.m. - MAIN Library


Sign up anytime in the Children's Room at the

The "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" nationwide program challenges parents and caregivers to read to their newborn, infant, toddler, and/or preschool child.  The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your precious one starts kindergarten.  This program helps parents and caregivers give their young children the early literacy skills and the confidence necessary to become strong readers and be successful in school and life.

Parents and caregivers keep track of the books that they read to their children. The Inglewood Library provides all the program materials needed: log sheets, milestone markers, and certification of completion, plus a small incentive for every 100 books read.   Parents and caregivers can also download the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten iPhone and Android App to track their reading.

Visit their official website, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,  for instructions to download the App and extra log sheets.

E.L.F. - Early Literacy for Families Programs

In our E.L.F programs, librarians emphasize tips for developing early literacy skills to prepare young children to learn to read and to be successful in school and life.  Research has shown that parental interaction with children at an early age is crucial to later success in school. The five activities listed to the right are crucial to the development of young children's brains:
Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play.

FALL 2018 - E.L.F. begins October 1 - November 15 


Hearing language spoken aloud helps young children learn the meaning of words and how language works.  They learn about the world around them. Children who know lots of words and enjoy listening to books become better readers.


Writing helps children understand that the words they speak can be written down, and then read and spoken by someone else. They begin to understand that those squiggles on the page have meaning.


Children listen to and learn the language they hear around them, and they often repeat it! The more you talk with your child using interesting
words, and encourage your child to talk by asking her questions, the more easily she will learn to read.


Songs slow down language and help children hear the smaller sounds that make up words. We sing, “Twink –le, twink-le, lit-tle star,” but when we talk, we say “twinkle” or little” much faster.


Playing is how children learn best. They are active learners who gain knowledge by “doing.” They push, touch, taste, shake and test how things work. Sometimes play is messy—that’s ok.