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OCPL Kids!

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OCPL Children's Section

The Children's Department of the Ohio County Public Library is the place to read, play, learn and grow! 

Early childhood literacy is important. Children who are read to regularly exhibit higher activation in areas of the brain that support mental imagery and comprehension of narratives ⁠— key skills needed for independent reading comprehension. Library programs have significant positive impacts on early development and help equip children with lifelong learning and literacy skills that help prepare them for school and beyond.

View our full calendar of events to see our upcoming children's programs.

SUMMER READING 2021: Reading Colors Your World!

Celebrate the joy of reading with us this summer with our Summer Reading Program, "Reading Colors Your World." Log points for each minute of reading read between Monday, June 7, and Saturday, July 17, 2021. We will have virtual Toddler Time, Story Time, and Story and Activity programs online and will also have in-person programs both here at the Library and at local parks. Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins June 7. Participants young and old can register in person at the Library or online at
Learn more about Summer Reading 2021

 May Story Time Box


OCPL Parents, we now have April Story Time boxes available for you to bring home for your kids! This month's theme is "Camp Out With A Good Book." Each Story Time Box will contain a book, a couple of crafts, and few surprises in the box as well. Boxes must be reserved in advance. Reserve a Camp Out With A Good Book Box your child by sending an email to our children's specialist, Lee Ann, at [email protected].


Guess what? You can order themed bags of books for your little one! What do your kids like? The ocean? Trucks? Space? Graphic Novels? Let us know what your kids want to read! Call us at 304-232-0244 or email [email protected] to request a themed bag of books. 


Our collection boasts over 35,000 items including books, magazines, music CD's, DVD's, and more to choose from.  You'll find everything for children newborn through age twelve as well as for the adults who work and play with them. And don't forget to join us for our online story times!

➤ View our Fall schedule for our September and October online Story Times, Toddler Times, and Special Activities and Stories

Children's Programming at the Ohio County Public Library

Story Time and Toddler Time Online: On YouTube and Facebook

Story Time Online

Due to concerns over the potential spread of the coronavirus, the Library has been closed since March 15, 2020 - and we miss you! Though the Library is now reopened for visits by appointment, our in-person programming is still unavailable for social distancing purposes. But, don't worry.  Miss Lee Ann is still reading Story Time and Toddler Time stories and posting the videos online for you to watch from your own home. 

View our online Story Times

Story Time: most Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am.

Story Time at the Ohio County Public Library

Story Time programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, songs, crafts, and other fun activities. Library Story Times incorporate the early literacy skills that children must master before they can learn to read. Story Times are designed for children 3-5 years old, though all ages are welcome. The program lasts approximately 45 minutes and caregivers are asked to participate with their children. Story Time is held in the Children's Department.

Learn more about Story Time

Toddler Time: most Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 am

Toddler Time at the Ohio County Public Library

Toddler Time is a fun-filled thirty-minute interactive program that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Toddler Time is based on the early-literacy readiness program "Mother Goose on the Loose," a proven method for planning and presenting programs that focus on the whole child. Join us for this special program most Monday and Friday mornings at 10:30 AM in the library auditorium.

Learn more about Toddler Time

Family Programs: See seasonal schedule for times and events

Family Programs at the Ohio County Public Library

Family library programs broaden opportunities for families to learn together, strengthening connections between parents and children engaging families with young children through storytimes, movies, hands-on activities, and crafts.

View our January-May 2020 Family Programs schedule

Summer Reading Programs for Kids

A Universe of Stories

Each year, a new theme is chosen for our children's Summer Reading Program. We are excited to announce the theme of the 2020 Summer Reading Program, "Reading Takes You Places." We may all be stuck social distancing and staying at home, but through the power of books, you can go anywhere. Where do you want to go this summer? This summer we'll be heading to Europe, Asia, Australia, Antarctica, Africa, South America, and back home - with books, reading takes you everywhere!

Learn more about our Summer 2020 Reading Program: Reading Takes You Places
View our previous Summer Reading Programs

Awesome Author Creative Writing Contest

Awesome Author

Since 2007, The Ohio County Public Library Children’s Department has invited students who live and attend school in Ohio County, or live in Ohio County and are Homeschooled, to participate in our Annual Awesome Author Creative Writing Contest. Entries are judged for content, creativity, organization, and mechanics. Finalists are recognized at our Awesome Author Award Ceremony.  

Learn more about our Awesome Author Contest

Follow on Social Media!

Like OCPL Kids on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news and events!Subscribe to our OCPL Kids YouTube Channel

Live broadcasts of our children's programs can be viewed either on the OCPL Kids! Youtube channel or the Ohio County Public Library Facebook page. Subscribe to our YouTube channel or like us on Facebook to received notifications of our upcoming live broadcasts or download our free OCPL Connect app from your smartphone's app store (available for both iPhones and Android devices). All videos will be available for playback following our broadcasts and viewable on the Story Time Online Page.

Online Resources for kids

Do your tech-savvy kids love e-books? Check out the following digital offerings geared toward children and teen:

e-books for Kids

WV Deli Kids: Read books on your tablet or phone!

Check out e-books for your kids on your Kindle, iPad, Android tablet, laptop or desktop computer from our on-line offerings through WV Deli. All it takes is your Ohio County Public Library card and 4-digit PIN. 

Start accessing our digital ebooks for kids from the collections at WV Deli!  

Hoopla Kids Mode: Download immediately with no waitlists

No waitlists on Pete the Cat, Captian Underpants, Lemony Snicket, or Mo Williams! Hoopla has introduced a Kids Mode, which limits available content to that appropriate for children 12 and under. To enter Kids Mode on the Hoopla website, after you have signed in, Just click the "Kids Mode" at the top of the page. 

Start accessing our digital ebooks for kids collections through Hoopla!  

NOTE: The first time you use Hoopla, you will need to create an account. You can do so by selecting the "Get Started" button on the homepage. Registration to Hoopla requires an email address and an Ohio County Public Library card. 

Sesame Street Ebooks:

Sesame Street Ebooks

When you read a Sesame Street eBook with your child, you can make storytime extra engaging with bright pages, audio narration, interactivity, animation, and more. Best of all, Sesame Street eBooks are ready to read anytime with an internet connection!

➤ To get started reading Sesame Street eBooks, visit and click the Elmo login in the right-hand corner of the screen. Enter the user name, "[email protected]", and the password, "library", to gain two-week unlimited access to MORE THAN 200 Sesame Street eBooks!

e-books for Teens

WVDeli for Teens: Books on your tablet or smartphone

Check out and download e-books, audiobooks, music, and more to your Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android tablet, laptop or desktop computer from our on-line offerings through WV Deli. All it takes is your Ohio County Public Library card and 4-digit PIN. 

Start accessing our digital ebooks collections through WVDeli Teens!

Hoopla Young Adult Collection: No waitlists on e-books ever!

Rick Riordan, Lois Lowry, Rin Chupeco, Kiera Cass as well as classics by Tolkien, Alcott, and Austen are all available anytime on Hoopla — no waitlists ever! 

Start accessing young adult digital ebooks through Hoopla!  

NOTE: The first time you use Hoopla, you will need to create an account. You can do so by selecting the "Get Started" button on the homepage. Registration to Hoopla requires an email address and an Ohio County Public Library card. 

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Library-Sponsored Programs Policy

The purpose of Ohio County Public Library-sponsored programs is to provide education, information, and entertainment for library patrons. The Library reserves the right to exercise sole discretion in selecting and inviting presenters for its programs. In selecting presenters, the Library does not discriminate on account of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, religion, ancestry or national origin, and the views expressed by presenters of Library-sponsored programs, or by any person in attendance at the programs, do not necessarily reflect the views of the Library, its staff, and /or its representatives.

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