Children's Services

The Youth Services Department of the Lees burg Public Library is located on the first floor at the rear of the building. Children and caregivers are welcomed into Imagination Cove as they walk past the lily pads and cattails and under the sign with a giant frog and dragonfly. A large tree on the far wall is our Dragonfly Puppet Theater where children may use the puppets provided to create their own puppet shows. The children's area includes 10 public access computers (available to both children and their caregivers) and three AWE Early Literacy Stations. Puppets, Duplos, coloring sheets, puzzles, and board games are available for children to use within the library.

This video you shows you what your visit to the library could look like.


Collection

The children's collection includes circulating and reference materials on a wide variety of subjects and formats. The collection includes a wide range of print items including picture books, chapter books, biographies, graphic novels, easy readers in both fiction and non-fiction. Our children's collection also includes periodicals, audio books, DVDs, music CDs, Playaways, Playaway Views, and Launchpads. Through the free Overdrive app, patrons may borrow and download electronic books and MP3 audiobooks on their own digital devices that connect to the internet.

For patrons looking for Accelerated Reader (AR) books, all of the books in our collection that are AR have an AR sticker on the spine label and include the reading level, point value, and quiz number inside the front cover of the book.

Programs

Story Time
Every Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Children ages 5 and under are invited to attend Story Time at the Leesburg Public Library every Thursday morning at 10:30 AM. Come join us for stories, music and movement, and fingerplays followed by a "stay and play." Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver to attend. FREE.storytime

The Story Time program introduces young children to books, rhymes, music, crafts, and other fun activities that develop early literacy skills. Every week the library offers programs matched to the typical attention spans and developmental levels of toddler and preschool age children. Parents and caregivers learn by watching and participating with library staff who demonstrate excellent read-aloud techniques. Caregivers become familiar with age-appropriate books, songs, music, and activities staff use during Story Time, many of which may be checked out from the library for home use. For information call 352-728-9790 or
e-mail melissa.curry@leesburgflorida.gov.

Tiny Explorers
Every Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Children ages 5 and under are invited to attend Tiny Explorers at the Leesburg Public Library every Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver to attend. FREE.tiny explorer

Designed for the toddler, Tiny Explorers encourages self-directed play within the sensory centers provided for them. Sensory beads, kinetic sand, play dough, puzzles, play kitchen, magnetic letters and numbers, sidewalk chalk, memory game squares, magnets, building blocks, connect four for patterning and vocabulary building, threading pieces, shape sorters, finger painting, and more are the activities the toddlers can choose to participate in and change at will. Problem solving, self- control, exploring emotions, building resiliency are just a few of the benefits of this hour long program. A digital experience will be introduced in the near future. For information call 352-728-9790 or e-mail melissa.curry@leesburgflorida.gov.

Creation Lab
Mondays at  4:30pmcreation lab

Calling all inventors!Come build something new each week 
in our creation lab. Kids and teens (ages 6-18) will test their skills as they undergo exciting STEAM challenges using a variety of materials including Legos, Make & Do cardboard, K'nex and more. These challenges are designed to encourage creativity, build problem-solving skills, nurture artistic talents, and develop a love for invention. Stay after the challenge to continue your creation or start something new. Children  under the age of nine must be accompanied by a caregiver.









Family Crafters
family crafters
Thursdays at 4:00 (except first Thursday of the month)
Bring the entire family to create projects and crafts that can be kept or gifted. Crafts are themed by seasons or holidays.  Create, recycle, reuse!

















Minecraft & More
Tuesdays at 5:00pmminecraft

For Minecraft Maniacs and fans of video gaming in general. There are ten laptops available for play, or you can bring your own if you have a personal Minecraft account. In addition to Minecraft, we will be playing Super Smash Bros and other games on PS4 and WiiU. This program is for youth ages 7-14. Children under the age of nine must be accompanied by a caregiver at least 16 years of age. (Teens game on Thursdays at 4:00 during TNT.)









TNT Video Gaming 3
Thursdays at 4:00pmtntgaming

Ages: 10 - 18
The TNT (Teens and Tweens) Video Gaming League features WiiU and PS4 systems. We play Super Smash Bros. on the WiiU where up to eight players can challenge each other at the same time. We have a variety of games to play on the PS4. Enjoy competitive action games on large screens, hang out with other players and sharpen your skills.














Discovery Labdiscovery
Every Second Tuesday of every month at 10:30am

Calling all homeschoolers! Take on advanced STEAM challenges using various materials from Makey Makey to Scratch, cardboard to electronics, and so much more. Overcome obstacles, compete against each other, and make discoveries. 
















Homeschool Studio
Every fourth Tuesday of every month at 10:30amhomeschool

On the fourth Tuesday of every month, get the tools and support you need to help your children thrive. This month's session is on keeping a homeschool portfolio and what a typical homeschool day may look like.  Presented by homeschool expert and mom Melissa Packwood, M.S. Ed. these workshops will cover various topics, from informational sessions for home educators to integrated learning activities for homeschooling families. 

 











Reader Of The Pack
reader of pack

Every first Thursday of the month at 4:00pm
Become a "Reader Of The Pack" in the Story Room of the Leesburg Public Library.  Children (and adults) will have the opportunity to read to the PAWS Therapy dogs. Reading skills are strengthened and reading confidence built during literacy time with these wonderful dogs and their handlers. Bring your own book or use ours. You can even read in Spanish or German!