Nestled in the heart of downtown Antioch is the Antioch Public Library. Just a short walk from Antioch’s quaint Main Street, the library is a destination for so much more than books. Family and children’s programs, story times, science lessons, Lego activities and musical performances are just a few of the many offerings beyond the books.
The Antioch Public Library is a great (free!) place to escape to with children of all ages. The Children’s Department is separate from the main area of the library; while you should maintain a respectful noise level, there isn’t the sense of “Shh!” that you feel in the rest of the building. With toys, puzzles, games, activities, there are lots of things to do besides just check out books. But, oh the books! There are rows and rows of books for your little readers. When my kids were young, I especially appreciated the board book bins at their little arms reach to occupy them while I browsed or read. The board books are not sorted in any order, so they can browse without you having to frantically run behind them making sure books are put back into the right spot.
The Children’s Department Librarians are constantly changing out the options at the activity tables, redoing the decorations, featuring books or themes, and working to create a different and enriching experience for the littlest library patrons. The Antioch Library has its own Children’s Department Reference Desk, and there is always at least one librarian there for the kids. Throughout the year they offer different reading incentive programs or challenges, like A Thousand Books Before Kindergarten.
As I have learned from my kids, everyone else’s toys are so much more fun than our own! Antioch Library is always moving things around and rotating out toys and activities to keep the kids engaged at each visit. There is a great reading nook with kid-sized couches, a rug, activity center, and toys located in the far corner.
Undoubtedly, my kids’ favorite feature of the library is the pirate ship. They love to climb on it and read in it each time we visit. It is located near the adult table and computer section–perfectly situated for you to get some work done while they play!
Antioch Public Library also offers a calendar full of story times, crafts and activities, programs like wildlife presentations, game nights, movie nights, and concerts. Story times are available for all ages, as young as infants! There is a great children’s room with kids’ tables and a story area for the activities. Registration opens for these the first of the month, so be sure to check the schedule and register early–they fill up fast. There is a walk-in story time offered on Fridays for 3-5 year olds, too. You can view the calendar and register online, or pick up a copy at the Children’s Department Reference Desk and register in person or by phone.
Children’s Area Amenities:
- Family restrooms with changing table
- Children’s activity room with tables and story rug for library activities
- Pirate Ship
- Toddler-friendly board book stations
- Different sized kid tables
- Activity tables
- Reading area with kid sized couches
- Book and CDs combo bags
- Computers and tablet stations
- Collection display cases
- Children’s Area reference desk
- Board games
- Bonus Materials: Video games, DVD’s, VHS, magazines, audio music CDs, audio books, e-books, museum passes
- Full program of children’s activities and programs throughout the year
Holly took this great video at one of the Animal programs Antioch Public Library Offered:
Has your family visited the Antioch Public Library? What is your family’s favorite area of the library?