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Kids’ Programs


Storytimes are available at each of Whitman County Library’s 13 branches for children ages 2 years and up. Storytimes begin in the fall after the Palouse Empire Fair and end the middle of May. See Locations and Hours for the times and locations of each branch’s storytime.

At Storytime, children are involved in a variety of age appropriate activities that may include stories, poetry, fingerplays and action activities, games, musical events, crafts, puppets and creative dramatics. These activities help to promote cognitive development, imagination, curiosity, comprehension, language fluency, socialization and reading readiness.

Colfax Outreach Storytime Programs

WCL provides Storytime Outreach programs to local certified Preschools and Daycares. These visits are made on Wednesday of each month. Contact Sheri to schedule a visit.

Field Trips

Contact Sheri if you would like to arrange for children’s groups to “Visit the Library.” Our staff will gladly arrange for your group’s visit including a tour and a special Storytime while you are here.

Third Thursday Club

Third Thursday Club is for children in grades 1-4. This activity meets every 3rd Thursday of the month from September through May. It includes a snack, craft, activity, and story time. At Colfax, the after-school program is held each third Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30pm.

Summer Reading Program

For six weeks in the summer, the Summer Reading Program is held in each of our 13 branches.

Last year more than 600 kids participated in the fun activities, crafts, and stories. To make reading even more fun, we reward reading time with small prizes and incentives, such as pencils and bookmarks, and occasionally a theme-related snack. Those who complete the program are awarded a certificate and “goodie” bag.

Kids' Sites

Kids, Code, and Computer Science Magazine

Kids, Code, and Computer Science magazine is a bi-monthly online and print magazine about learning to code, computer science, and how we use technology in our daily lives. The magazine includes hard to find information, for example, a list of 40+ programming languages for education, coding schools, summer tech camps, and more.


PBS KIDS is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based entertainment. With a 360-degree approach towards learning and reaching children, PBS KIDS leverages the full spectrum of media and technology to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity. By involving parents, teachers, caregivers and communities as learning partners, PBS KIDS helps to empower children for success in school and in life.

Reading: Fun with Books – A WONDERFUL reading site that preschoolers up through middle school will love. Lots of interactive stories and phonics building activities.
Story Place – Spanish & English versions. Listen to interactive children’s stories, play with on-line activities, print out take-home activities, reading lists …

Science: Wild and Wacky Wonders

Science Made Simple – Offers loads of answers and experiments with clear scientific explanations
Center for Game Science at the University of Washington – FREE educational video games for K-12 students.

Study and Reference

SIRS Discoverer – an award-winning database designed with the young researcher in mind. This interactive tool strengthens research, reading, writing and computer skills.
CultureGrams – a leading reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries across the globe.
ProQuest Learning: Literature – Where students come for the latest word on the authors they study in class and read at home!
History Study Center – a collection of primary and secondary sources on global history from ancient times to the present day.
Notable Children’s Digital Media – from the American Library Association

Booklists for Kids

Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award
Presented for a work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher and set in the New World.

Newbery Awards The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Caldecott Award Winners
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Coretta Scott King Award
For over thirty years now, books by African American writers and artists have been honored by being named Coretta Scott King Award winners or CSK Honor books. After three decades, a marvelous and rich collection of books to delight and to instruct young people can be found under this banner.

Evergreen Young Adult Book Award
The Evergreen Young Adult Award is established though a review group, consisting of young adults and librarians from the state of Washington. This award began in an effort to give teens in the state a voice in deciding the best literature aimed at their age group. The Evergreen Award Nominating Committee selects ten titles that represent a mix of teen-appealing titles.

The Michael L. Printz Award
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It will be selected annually by an award committee that can also name as many as four honor books. The award-winning book can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry or an anthology, and can be a work of joint authorship or editorship. The books must be published between January 1 and December 31 of the preceding year and be designated by its publisher as being either a young adult book or one published for the age range that YALSA defines as young adult, e.g. ages 12 through 18.

Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
The purpose of this list is to encourage young adults (ages 12-18) to read for pleasure by presenting to them lists of popular or topical titles which are widely available in paperback and which represent a broad variety of accessible themes and genres.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
The list is for young adults (ages 12-18) who, for whatever reasons, do not like to read. The purpose of this list is to identify titles for recreational reading, not for curricular or remedial use.

Lexile’s – Find a Book
Find a Book: Four simple steps. One custom reading list. The new Find a Book Web site is the quickest and easiest way to search the Lexile Book Database for titles at your Lexile level. Whether you’re reading for school or for pleasure, this FREE utility will help you build a custom reading list on the subjects that interest you the most! This site makes it easy for young people to find books at their reading level, whether they’re reading for school or for pleasure. Click here for more information on how to using the Lexile “Find a Book”.

Sasquatch Award
The purpose of this award is to promote the reading and writing of chapter books for the pleasure of young intermediate level readers. The children of Washington State chose the name for this award, given annually by the Washington Library Media Association.

Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award
Twenty favorite books are selected annually by children in grades K-3 in Washington State. After children vote in March, their top favorite becomes the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book of the Year. Sponsored by the Washington Library Media Association.

Young Readers Choice Award
The Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award is the oldest children’s choice award in the U.S. and Canada. The award was established in 1940 by a Seattle bookseller, the late Harry Hartman, who believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives her or him pleasure.


YALSA Booklists
Each year, YALSA selects the best books and media for teens. Whether you’re looking for a book for a reluctant or avid teen reader, there’s sure to be a title that will fit the bill.

While these books have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA’s selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.

Educational Resources

The Children’s Library
“The ICDL Foundation promotes tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children’s literature from around the world.”

Aunt Annie’s Crafts
Aunt Annie’s Crafts takes the craft how-to book one step further by putting it on computer and taking advantage of the flexibility that the computer offers.

4 Kids
A weekly feature published in newspapers all over North America. It is designed for kids and their parents to find fun, educational, and safe spots to visit on the Web.

The Odyssey: World Trek for Service and Education
Based on National Education Standards, each trek explores an essential theme and includes a teacher’s guide that contains the itinerary for the trek and the summary on the subject such as salt marches or volcanoes. The Web sites are selected by experts on the subject and arranged in sequential order to build a story.

Free online access to the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine: answer questions; do math; instantly get facts, calculators, unit conversions, and real-time quantitative data and statistics; create plots and visualizations; and access vast scientific, technical, chemical, medical, health, business, financial, weather, geographic, dictionary, calendar, reference, and general knowledge—and much more.

Scholastic Reading Counts Quizzes
Quizzes, Lexile points, and reading levels are given by typing in a title and then clicking on one of the titles displayed.

ABCmouse for Libraries
From Age of Learning, Inc., the award-winning ABCmouse curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-7+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. ABCmouse is 100% educational, with 5,000+ learning activities (books, puzzles, educational games, art activities, songs, etc.) across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it! AVAILABLE FROM INSIDE THE LIBRARY ONLY.  Please use Firefox or Chrome browsers.

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