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Programs for Kids

Tuesday, October 6th

  • 4:00 PM - Author Visit: Lauren Tarshis
    Chapter book author Lauren Tarshis will be at Joplin Public Library to discuss her popular book series, "I Survived..."; emphasizing her newest title, "I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011". Suggested age: 7 years and up Seats are limited. Register online at: The first 50 children to register will receive a free copy of "I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011" at the program!

Wednesday, October 7th

Thursday, October 8th

  • 10:00 AM - 1-2-3 Play With Me
    Pre-Registration was required. Event is now full. Next sessions will be held Spring 2016. “1-2-3 Play With Me” is a five week program for children ages 1 to 3 years and their parents and/or caregivers. Families are invited to the Library once a week to play and learn in a fun and relaxed environment. Developmentally appropriate toys are the heart of the program and community experts will be on hand to visit with parents and/or caregivers. Community experts can teach strategies for healthy child development, offer early literacy tips, facilitate early interventions, or simply be a sounding board for parents and/caregivers to address concerns. The schedule is as follows: October 1st: Early Literacy October: 8th: Child Development October: 15th: Speech, Hearing & Language Development October 22nd: Music & Play October 29th: Nutrition & Health Due to a limited number of space available, families must be able to commit to attending all five sessions. Siblings age 5 and younger are welcome to attend. If you have questions, please contact the Children’s Desk at 417-623-2184. This program was made possible in part by a generous grant from the Bramlage Family Foundation. The Joplin Public Library is a proud member of the Family Place Libraries network. Visit for more information about what makes us a Family Place Library.

Sunday, October 11th

  • 2:00 PM - Children's Lego Club
    A monthly build-a-thon for LEGO loving children! LEGOs, Duplos and Megablocks are all provided and children and their parents/caregivers are encouraged to play and create something special. Toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult.

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A collection of animated talking picture books and games.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online

Screen Actors Guild Members read children's books aloud. Each book includes accompanying activities and lessons.

Overdrive Kids eReading Room

Kids eReading Room

Kids Databases

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Designed specifically for elementary school students contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines, the Encyclopedia of Animals™, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, the American Heritage® Children's Dictionary, and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.

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Reading Rockets

Techniques for teaching reading, strategies to help kids who struggle, booklists, and extensive resources for parents, teachers and families.