Children's Services includes children from birth to age 12, as well as their parents and caregivers. Adams County Library System (ACLS) offers story times, books, electronic resources, and activities to help nurture a love of reading and learning. Children's areas in every Library offer spaces where parents and children can read, play, and learn.
What types of programs and materials do Adams County Libraries have for children?
Story time programs at Adams County libraries support Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood, as well as the incorporation of five simple practices that support early literacy: singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing. These five practices were first introduced by Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR), an initiative of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children, and are foundational in the preparation and performance of story times in the county, thus creating a consistency of quality across all our libraries.
Baby Storytime: Wednesdays - 9:30am
Toddler Storytime: Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 10:30am
Preschool Storytime: Thursdays & Fridays - 10:30am
Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays - 10am
Baby & Toddler Storytime: Wednesdays - 10am
Stories & More: Tuesdays - 6:30pm
Stories & More: Wednesdays - 10:30am
Babies & Books: Fridays - 10:30
Toddler Time: Thursdays - 10:30
Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays - 10:30
Tuesday Tales for Babies: Tuesdays - 10am
Tuesday Tales for Preschool: Tuesdays - 10:30am
Trone Memorial - East Berlin
Bouncing Babies: Fridays - 9:30am
Learn & Play: Fridays - 11am
Preschool Pals: Wednesdays - 10:30
Free Play Areas
Play is the work of the child. ~ Maria Montessori
Each of our libraries have family friendly areas that encourage play and parent-child interaction. Libraries in Adams County offer families the chance to experience early learning opportunities in a free and safe atmosphere that will help their children prepare for a successful school career.
Digital and Online Resources for Children
Adams County Libraries have a wide range of online learning materials, games, and tools for kids.
Some of these tools include BookFlix, Beanstack, and much more. View our Children’s Online Resources to explore all available resources!
As our children enter school and grow and develop in their literacy independence, Adams County Libraries support them through a variety of resources and programs.
We have a commitment to learning that expands upon children’s school experiences by offering such resources as STEAM programs, book discussion groups, our annual summer learning program, Summer Quest, and many more.
What programs are available?
We have a wide variety of programs offered throughout the county. Click any program name from the list below to learn a little more about the program and the developmental benefits of each activity. Feel free to also utilize the Useful Research Links for outside learning sources.
*Programs may not be offered at all locations.
Please note: Some library locations may have unique names for their programs which differ from the titles listed below.
Unique Programs offered by Adams County Libraries
Barks and Books
Babies and Books
Barks and Books
Book Discussion Groups*
Celebration of Poetry
Kindergarten, Here I Come!
LEGO® Block Party
One Book, Every Young Child
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)