Youth Services


Library Materials available for children from birth to grade 6.

Children’s music CDs and DVDs are also available in the audiovisual collection

Book and Toy Kits (jBK)
Each library has a number of kits that can be checked out on an adult card for two weeks. Kits include both books and learning toys for children to explore, encourage dramatic play, and develop literacy skills.

Sensory Break Bags (jCBK)
Each bag contains various toys that provide sensory development in children of all ages, especially those with extra energy, ADHD, OCD, Autism, or high stress/anxiety levels. These toys help promote a sense of calm, reduce stress/anxiety, and can increase focus.

Book Bundles

If you’re in a hurry but want to check out some picture books, grab one our Book Bundles by a popular author or on a trendy theme. (Available at Sidney location)

Perfect Pairs
A combination of one fiction book and one nonfiction book on the same fun topic available for check out. (Available at Sidney location)

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost his or her brain power?  The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge; all important skills that help prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten. Shelby County Libraries’1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting and free way to start your child on a path to success!  Any child, ages birth-5 years, can participate.

Possibly the most fun thing to do at the library! At our various Storytime programs at each library location children will learn and interact through stories, songs and rhymes. Parents and caregivers will discover what early literacy skills are and how they can foster those skills at home or school.  Every Child Ready to Read is a library initiative to prepare young children with the early literacy skills they need to become life-long readers and thrive in school. Read, Write, Talk, Sing, and Play are the five practices that parents can engage in at home to build the six pre-literacy skills: narrative skills, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, phonological awareness, and print motivation. Check each community location page for Storytime program dates and times. Storytimes are offered for a variety of ages from babies to preschool.

Outreach Programs
Have books will travel! We have staff that are willing to come visit your classroom or set up a booth at your public event. Currently, we visit nearly all of the preschool classes in Sidney as well as others in the county. We can do in person (or virtual) Storytimes, pass out early literacy information or provide a game completely free of charge. Please contact our Youth Services Outreach Program Coordinator, April Orsborne at to request a visit.

Teacher Collections
Let the library help you with your classroom library. Save time and take advantage of the library’s resources with our Teacher Collection service. Youth Services staff will select age and grade-level appropriate materials on a theme or topic of your choice to support your classroom instruction. Early literacy concepts, preschool themes, free reading selections, research materials and more. Teachers may fill out a request form online at least seven days in advance of when materials are needed.

Shelby County Libraries Teacher Book Request