Celebrate Month of the Young Child

Our libraries, opens a new window are always welcome spaces for families with young children, but in April especially, we celebrate Month of the Young Child!  

Resources for Families

Our libraries offer regular services for families with young children to explore and learn!

  • All our libraries offer regular storytimes, opens a new window to help caregivers and kids to learn early literacy skills and to engage with each other socially.  
  • You can also explore new places together courtesy of your library card! Each month, free passes for Bay Area museums are offered through the Discover & Go, opens a new window program.
  • In the library or at home, you can access ABC Mouse, opens a new window for age-appropriate online learning games.
  • Babies, toddlers and preschoolers learn very quickly, and they develop rapidly in a short time. First 5 of San Mateo County, opens a new window connects families to free resources and information on child development for infants through 5-year-olds.

Events for Young Children

Kids learn through play, and we’ve got special opportunities to do so all through April! Join us for these fun classes and performances geared specifically to our youngest library users: 

Mariela’s Music Time, opens a new window

Mariela’s Music Time is an educational, energetic and interactive bilingual performance for infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. It’s filled with rhythms and multicultural sounds, along with the rich traditions of our Bay Area. 

Kids Go Mandarin Family Music, opens a new window 

Sing, dance and move in Mandarin music with Kids Go Mandarin. Through music and folk songs from all over the world, children and families will grow with a stronger sense of cultural heritage and identity in this multi-sensory storytime. 

Swan Lake with the Academy of Ballet & Etiquette, opens a new window

Join us for an active program inspired by Swan Lake. In this ballet class, your dancers will BALANCE like the Swan Princess Odette, STRETCH like the heroic Prince Siegfried and LEAP like the villainous Count von Roth Bart, and in the process, learn the technique, manners and romantic drama of Tchaikovsky’s great ballet. For ages 3-7. 

Music and Movement with Mr. Daniel, opens a new window 

Mr. Daniel has played music for children and adults in every place he's lived: California, Miami, New York City, Mozambique and Zambia. He now plays in libraries around the Bay Area, inviting children of all ages to sing and dance along to classic songs in Spanish, English and Portuguese. 

At-Home Storytime Recommendations 

Looking for a little inspiration on books to enjoy at home? Check out this list of some of our favorite reads for toddlers and preschoolers, or ask for recommendations from staff at any of our locations.

Fun Reads with Little Kids

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In April, San Mateo County Libraries celebrates Month of the Young Child. What better way to bond with a kid than a book? These reads are especially fun with toddlers and preschool-aged kids, and caregivers enjoy them too!

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