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Visit and explore the library's children's area! You'll find wonderful books, a play area, games, computers, and a friendly staff.

Programs

Visit Ashe County Public Library Online for a huge selection of online events and activities for kids.

Family Storytime in the Park

Bowie-Segrave Municipal Park (by the library)

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am (starting September 28th)

Explore stories of all kinds during family storytimes. We'll sing, talk, play, and read together. This event is weather dependent.

Ready to Read Storytime

Online - Watch on Facebook and YouTube

Wednesdays at 1:30 pm

Let's read, write, sing, talk, and play together to build our reading skills! Visit bit.ly/ashereadytoread to learn more about Ready to Read Storytimes and watch our previous storytimes. Sign up for our email list to get the story time delivered straight to you. [Sign up for emails here]

Click here for our online events calendar or call the library at 336.846.2041, option 3 to get the most updated information about events & programs at the library. 

 

Digital Books, Audiobooks, & Videos for Kids

NC Kids Digital Library

The NC Kids Digital Library is available to all library card holders in North Carolina. NC Kids Digital Library offers e-books, audiobooks, streaming videos, and Read-Alongs specifically designed for youth and includes picture books, easy readers, youth fiction, youth nonfiction, young adult, and more.

To access NC Kids Digital Library, click the button above. Select Appalachian Regional Library and sign in with your library card or student number.

There you can browse, borrow, or enjoy a collection of over 30,000 eBooks, 7,000 audiobooks and 1,300 streaming videos, including 1,600 titles available any time with no wait lists. All titles can be accessed via the Libby app on all major devices, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only).

 

Reading Challenge

The Arly Edition of the Ashe County Reading Challenge

At Ashe County Public Library, we are committed to helping kids discover their love of reading. The 2021 Arly Challenge rewards kids and families for reading widely throughout the year and is specially curated for kids & families. For more information, visit the Ashe County Arly Reading Challenge website or stop by the children's desk at the library!

 

Services

Book a Librarian/Homework Help

If you need in-depth assistance, we are here to help! Call the Youth Services department at 336.846.2041, option 3 or email Ashlin at aedmisten@arlibrary.org to book a librarian.

Computers

Computers for children under the age of thirteen and for parents accompanied by children are available in the children's department. Adults must keep child(ren) in view when using the computer lab.

Children can use their library card, StudentAccess number, or a guest pass to log on. If you need assistance, please visit the information desk.

Educational Resources

Click here to learn about educational resources the library offers for parents, teachers, and homeschoolers. Go to Library Lessons to join your friendly librarians on a learning journey about some of our favorite and most-requested topics. Have a suggestion? Submit it here.

Kindles for Kids & Tweens

Our Kindles are designed just for reading, which means borrowers lose themselves in a good book rather than becoming distracted by videos or games.

We have books for all levels loaded on our Kindles: early readers (1-3), early readers and chapter books (4-6), and chapter books (7-9). Ask for them at the circulation desk or click the links to put one on hold.

Library Tours and Special Programs

Classes and community organizations are welcome to visit the library for a tour or special program. We may be able to come to you!

Please make requests for tours and programs at least two weeks in advance by calling 336.846.2041, ext 103.

Reference Assistance

Staff members at the children's desk are always ready and willing to help you locate an item, get started on an assignment, use a library resource, or find out more about a topic.

Reader's Advisory

Need help finding a book for you or your child? Our friendly staff is here to assist you. Booklists for different ages and subject matter are also available to help guide you to the book of your choice

In addition, teachers and homeschool parents can request materials based on curriculum or theme. Find out more and submit a request here or by calling 336.846.2041, ext 103.

StoryWalk

StoryWalk combines the pleasures of reading wonderful children’s books aloud with all the joys and benefits of walking together outdoors.  Find our StoryWalks at Bowie-Seagrave Park by the library and Ashe County Park.

StudentAccess Cards

Using their StudentAccess cards, Ashe County Schools students may check out up to 10 books or audiobooks from the library. Titles are checked out for three weeks and can be renewed. Late fees are not charged on Student Access accounts, but you are responsible for lost or damaged books. Students also have access to Overdrive, NCKids, and NCLive using their student ID numbers. Learn more on our StudentAccess page for more information.

Resources

  • Looking for online homework help? Check out the Learning Express Library for help with math, English, social studies, test prep, and more!
  • Does your child need to research a topic? Check out NCLive for resources from scholarly articles and biographies to how-to videos and local e-books.
  • Great Websites for Kids has a wonderful selection of websites geared to kids birth to age 14.