Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers

Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers

Explore, read, sing, and play with your little ones - at the library and beyond.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Unlock your child's potential with this reading challenge. For ages 0-5.

Imagination Station

From a post office to a pizza shop, pretend play with this ever-changing interactive display that helps build important life skills.

Story Trails

Enjoy the fresh air, a stroll...and a story! This literacy adventure builds reading skills and creates memories. For all ages.

Upcoming Events

Featured Events

Read & Shine: Winter Reading Challenge

Dec 1st | 12:00am - Feb 29th | 12:00am
Online Event
Challenge yourself to a winter of reading for a chance to earn prizes.

Model Trains on Display (10am-5pm)

Dec 4th | 12:00am - Dec 16th | 12:00am
Choo, choo! Train enthusiasts of all ages will love this display of electric model trains – some operated by hand and some by an app.…

Visit with a Snow Plow

Dec 28th | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hanby Park
Explore a snow plow from Genoa Township. Ask questions about snow removal and learn about the different parts of the truck. Then discover…

Countdown to the New Year

Dec 30th | 10:00am - 11:00am
Ring in the new year with stories, activities, and a balloon-filled finale! Count down with a storytime, then dance the morning away at…

Countdown to the New Year

Dec 30th | 10:00am - 11:00am
Ring in the new year with stories, activities, and a balloon-filled finale! Count down with a storytime, then dance the morning away at…

Superhero Hedgehog Magic (with Erica Carlson)

Jan 6th | 10:00am - 10:45am
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a... hedgehog?! A super hedgehog! Grab your superhero cape and show off your muscles for this…

Baby Shark Storytime

Jan 20th | 10:00am - 10:45am
Listen to shark stories, make shark puppets, and dance along to your favorite tune - Baby Shark!

Sweet Fire: Author Visit with J.P. Mitchell (Ages 2-8)

Feb 3rd | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Enjoy a reading and craft by local author J.P. Mitchell from her book Sweet Fire. Q&A and book signing to follow. (Books will be…

Storytimes

Various dates & times
Inside or Hanby Park
Join us for stories, rhymes, and songs - fun for the whole family!

Sensory Storytime

Various dates & times
Westerville Public Library
Enjoy a story, movement rhymes, and songs, especially designed for children with sensory processing challenges.

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Services & Amenities

Inspired by book, grandparents build skyscraper in backyard.

Maria and David's 3-year-old grandson came up with the idea to build a skyscraper after reading Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper together.

Little Artists: A Course for Parent and Child (Online Class)

Make an art box that your kids can have regular access to and learn how to be flexible and receptive to your child's unique process.

Sew Animal Placemats (Online Class)

Make meal times more fun for your little ones with these animal-themed placemats.

Sustainable Play: Make a Dollhouse Cafe (Online Class)

Suzy Ultman shows you how to transform an ordinary cardboard box into an extraordinarily cute dollhouse cafe.

Wizards & Wands Festival (October 1-31, 2023)

Experience the spellbinding magic of your library. A month of otherworldly adventure awaits you.

Read & Shine: Winter Reading Challenge

Challenge yourself to a winter of reading and earn a prize when you meet your goal. For all ages.

Mirror Door

View your reflection in a funhouse mirror that distorts your imagination!

Read & listen to a picture book...with sign language!

Watch free videos of ASL retellings of books for kids. Reading and signing stories together promotes essential literacy skills for all kids.

Board Games for Families (In-Library Use Only)

Play a game while you're at the library! A rotating collection of board games is available in the children's area.

Puzzle & Game Swap (Take Home)

Take a puzzle or a board game. Leave one. No need to return what you borrow. (Located on the 2nd floor. No missing pieces, please.)

Light Table

Experience a calming glow and stretch your attention span during play time.

Treehouse in the Children's Area

Make a new friend or enjoy a cozy reading nook in this interactive treehouse.

Peg Bright Wall

Explore limitless possibilities and encourage imagination with this giant light wall.

Book Talks

Librarians give you a glimpse inside their favorite books in the hopes of convincing you to read them, too!

Storytime at Home

Bring storytime to your family room with these songs, activities, and more from your favorite librarians!

Little Free Libraries

No library card required. No fines. No need to return. Take a book, leave a book. These tiny libraries offer a free reading experience.

More Recommendations

Favorite Winter Picture Books

Enjoy the snow and chill of winter with these books.

Top Picks for Kids 2023

Read the best of the best from this year.

If You Liked The Marvels (for Kids!)

Fabulous Female Superhero Stories for Ages 5-11

Favorite Pop-Up & Lift-the-Flap Books for Toddlers

These interactive books are perfect for your curious kiddo!

Let Your True Self Shine: For Ages 5-8 (Read & Shine)

These books are all about celebrating our differences.

Out of This World!: For Ages 4-11 (Read & Shine)

Travel out of this world with one of these space books!

Family Read Alouds: For Ages 5+ (Read & Shine)

These are some great books to share with the whole family.

Sunny Day, Starry Night: For Ages 2-6 (Read & Shine)

These stories about day or night can be read anytime!

Story Trails: Featured Books in 2024

Check out what titles are coming to the Johnston-McVay Park story trail, or reread a past favorite.

Holidays on Hoopla: Kwanzaa for Kids (ebooks)

Reflect on culture and community with stories about family and tradition featured in this collection of ebooks for kids on Hoopla.

Holidays on Hoopla: Hanukkah for Kids

Create cherished moments of learning & celebration for children and families alike with this collection of various media on Hoopla!

Holidays on Hoopla: Christmas for Kids

Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday tales with the Christmas for Kids collection, full of festive stories to make the season merry!

New Arrivals for Kids

Browse the newest titles for kids added to the library's collection.
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