Children's Services

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, Wii, BINGO, 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

PROGRAMS  FALL 2017




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"Cover to Cover Reading Club"
October 7 - November 18
MAIN LIBRARY and
CRENSHAW IMPERIAL
BRANCH LIBRARY

Sponsored by In-And-Out Burgers.
Read five books and earn a free hamburger or cheeseburger.

Sign up in the Children's Room at the MAIN LIBRARY or at the Reference Desk at the CRENSHAW IMPERIAL BRANCH LIBRARY.


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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Sign up 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.


STORYTIMES  
and E.L.F. - Early Literacy for Families Programs*

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Storytime Programs for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, flannelboards, puppets, music, movements, and more.

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 following five activities 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.


MAIN LIBRARY    
October 3 - November 16
101 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301  
(310) 412-5645

Family Storytime

All Ages
Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Baby Storytime*
Ages birth to 18 months
Thursdays 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Toddler Storytime*
Ages 18 months to 3 years
Thursdays 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Preschool Storytime*
Ages 3 years to 5 years
Thursdays 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Saturday Storytime
All Ages
Saturdays 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.



CRENSHAW IMPERIAL BRANCH LIBRARY    
October 2 - November 21
11141 Crenshaw Blvd.  Inglewood, CA 90303
310 - 412-5403

Baby Storytime*

Ages birth to 18 months
Mondays 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Toddler Storytime*
Ages 18 months to 3 years
Mondays 11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Bilingual Storytime*
Ages 3 years to 5 years
Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Preschool Storytime*
Ages 3 years to 5 years
Thursdays 11:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.



BUILDING BLOCKS & BOARD GAMES
Challenge yourself!  Create objects out of building blocks or play popular board games with other kids.  
All ages welcome.
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MAIN LIBRARY
101 W. Manchester Blvd.  Inglewood, CA  90301  
(310) 412-5645  
All Ages
Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


CRENSHAW IMPERIAL BRANCH LIBRARY    
October 2 - November 21
11141 Crenshaw Blvd.  Inglewood, CA  90303    
(310) - 412-5403
All Ages
Tuesdays  3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS

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

All Ages
Thursdays 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Call the library for movie titles.