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materials for children

All children's materials are located on the library's main floor. Books, movies, audiobooks, and even board books are available to check out. 

Our librarians have color coded books to help caregivers and children choose the right books for appropriate reading levels. Please ask our librarians if you would like any help selecting the best books for your child to read.


Not comfortable coming into the library right now due to the COVID-19 virus? Let us pack a bundle for you to pick up! Fill out a request and we will call you when your bundle is ready to pick up. Pickup can happen inside the libray, at the drive-thru window or you can use our contactless curbside service. 

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Children's Events
Sat, Apr 17, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Sat, Apr 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Google Meet
Enter the magical realm of Cornelia Funke's classic 'Dragon Rider'
Registration is now closed

Sun, Apr 18, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Mon, Apr 19, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Tue, Apr 20, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Wed, Apr 21, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Wed, Apr 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Reed Memorial Library Facebook Live
Join us for a virtual storytime featuring books from the Telling a People's Story exhibit.

Thu, Apr 22, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Fri, Apr 23, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Sat, Apr 24, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Sun, Apr 25, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Mon, Apr 26, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Tue, Apr 27, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Wed, Apr 28, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Wed, Apr 28, 10:00am - 10:30am
Reed Memorial Library
Shake, jump and dance along with Mrs. Young during this upbeat event.

Wed, Apr 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Reed Memorial Library Facebook Live
Join us for a virtual storytime featuring books from the Telling a People's Story exhibit.

Thu, Apr 29, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

Fri, Apr 30, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Reed Memorial Library
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture... more
This exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum is devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children's picture books.

You're never too young for a library card! Click to learn more about our cards for library users under 18 years. 

the imagination library


TThe OGIL (Ohio Governor's Imagination Library) program in Portage County is a collaboration of United Way of Portage County Ohio, Reed Memorial Library, Kent Free Library and the Portage County Library District. This program championed by Ohio's First Lady, Fran DeWine, is designed to improve the literacy rates of the youngest Ohioans. If your child is under the age of 5, enroll today!

1,000 books before kindergarten 

We invite you to participate in this free program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten. Register here or sign up at the library.

How it works:

  • Visit the library to pick up reading logs or download the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App from the Google Play Store or iTunes.
  • Color in a circle on the log for every book you read.
  • After reading 100 books, bring your reading log to the library to collect your first prize!
  • After reading 500 books, bring your reading logs to the library to collect your second prize!
  • When you reach 1,000 books your child will receive a certificate and a t-shirt that says “I read 1,000 Books before Kindergarten” sponsored by Allen Aircraft of Ravenna

FAQ

  • Who can participate in this program? Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
  • Help! I don't know which books to read! The children's staff will gladly help you pick some books.
  • If you read three books a day to your child in just one year you'll have read 1,095 books! And you have several years to complete the program.
  • What if my child wants to read the same book over and over? Repetition is key to learning. Each time you read a book, it counts. If you read the same book 5 times, color 5 circles.
  • Can I log the books my child hears in story time? Yes! Any and every book your child hears counts for this program.

Homework Help

Explora allows students to seach by keyword or topic and gives students access to journals, books, and magazine articles.

Find Explora Primary (K - 5), and Explora Secondary (Grades 6 -12) at the Ohio Web Library

DKfindout allows students to easily search by keyword or topic.
The database also includes videos, galleries, fun facts and quizzes.