Children's Services

LIBRARY SERVICES FOR CHILDREN

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.  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, booktalks, or other topics.  

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

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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 find a book with a certain genre (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Humorous, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, and Nonfiction on any topic)
  • You can also use our online Database - Novelist to find books. (You will need your library card to access)
Electronic Resources for ChildrenComputers 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 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)


PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN

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


MAIN LIBRARY    
101 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301  
(310) 412-5645

CRENSHAW IMPERIAL BRANCH LIBRARY    
11141 Crenshaw Blvd.  Inglewood, CA 90303
310 - 412-5403
Bilingual-Storytime
Bilingual Storytime
Ages 3 years to 5 years
Mondays  1:00 p.m.

Storytime
Family Storytime
All Ages
Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.
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E.L.F. - Baby Storytime*
Ages birth to 18 months
Thursdays 11:00 a.m.
Storytime
E.L.F. - Toddler Storytime*
Ages 18 months to 3 years
Thursdays 12:00 p.m.
Storytime
E.L.F. - Preschool Storytime*
Ages 3 years to 5 years
Thursdays 2:30 p.m.
Storytime
Saturday Storytime
All Ages
Saturdays 11:30 a.m.

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BUILDING BLOCKS & BOARD GAMES
Create objects out of building blocks or play popular board games with other kids.  
All Ages
Wednesdays 3:00 p.m.
Family-Movies
FAMILY MOVIES
All Ages
Tuesdays  4:00 p.m.
Please call the library for movie titles.
STEAM Programs
STEAM PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through different activities.
All Ages
Fridays 3:00 p.m.
Storytime
E.L.F. - Baby Storytime
Ages birth to 18 months
Mondays 10:30 a.m.
Storytime
E.L.F. - Toddler Storytime
Ages 18 months to 3 years
Mondays 11:30 a.m.
Bilingual-Storytime
Bilingual Storytime
Ages 3 years to 5 years
Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.
Storytime
E.L.F. - Preschool Storytime
Ages 3 years to 5 years
Thursdays 11:00 p.m.
blocks
BUILDING BLOCKS & BOARD GAMES
Create objects out of building blocks or play popular board games with other kids.  
All Ages
Tuesdays  3:30 p.m.
STEAM Programs
STEAM PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through different activities.
All Ages
Saturdays  3:00 p.m.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
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Sign up anytime in the Children's Room at the
MAIN LIBRARY or at the Reference Desk at the
CRENSHAW IMPERIAL BRANCH LIBRARY.

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
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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.
  • Read:

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.
  • Write

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.
  • Talk

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.
  • Sing

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.
  • Play

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.