Because caregivers and children grow together…
York County Libraries are excited to serve children from birth to age 12 across the county with a variety of unique and engaging programs from story time to Mine Craft! Our 13 libraries offer programs that serve the population of their communities, but we do strive to provide the highest quality programs possible based on the Pennsylvania learning standards for young children and school aged children.
What types of programs and materials do York County Libraries have for kids?
Our story programs are learning experiences for children and caregivers and follow the same format across the county- bringing a level of quality to every child- whether this is a first learning experience or one that has been repeated since birth. All our libraries have story times for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Free Play Areas
Each of our libraries have family friendly areas that encourage play and parent-child interaction, reinforcing the knowledge we have about play as child’s work. Libraries in York County are offering families an opportunity 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 Kids
Can’t make it to the library? Don’t worry! York County Libraries has a wide range of online learning materials, games, and tools for kids.
Some of these tools include BookFlix, Beanstack, Cybersmarts, and much more. View our Kids Online Resources to explore all available resources!
Activities and Resources offered Year-Round
When children enter school, the libraries in York County continue to be a supportive resource and an active learning area for them as they explore STEAM activities, creative projects and discuss books they enjoy. All our libraries offer safe, supportive and fun after school activities and the opportunity to explore special interests all summer long in the County’s summer learning programs.
We also understand the challenges that our families face every day and all 13 libraries offer access to information about services that can help a family find child care, health care, support services and free activities for their families.
Other Unique Programs offered by York County Libraries
What programs are available for Kids?
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.
- 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
- Baby Time
- Block Party*
- Book Discussion Groups*
- Celebration of Poetry
- Family Place Workshops*
- GOAL (Grade One At the Library)
- LEGO® Block Party
- Library Tales for Tails*
- One Book, Every Young Child
- Play K
- Play, Learn, Grow!
- Preschool Time
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
- Toddler Time
- Wee Build*
- Useful Research Links
- Events for Babies/Toddlers
- Events for Preschool Age Kid
- Events for Kids (Ages 5-12)