All Library programs for youth are free.  They are generously funded by the Friends of the Culpeper Library, Karen and Paul Laski, and Corporate Sponsors.   Ask us how you can become a Friend!

Children's Programs

These programs are designed to fulfill the social, intellectual, and emotional needs of youth.  Age delineations have been carefully considered, and will be adhered to.  Children must be at least five years old to attend grade school programs.

 During the summer  grade levels indicate grade completed.  

Summer Reading Registration begins Tuesday, May 30, and is ongoing.
This is a free program for ages birth-5th grade that is designed to keep kids motivated to read over the summer.  We provide them with incentives for reaching reading goals.  Children who participate in Summer Reading Programs perform better on reading tests at the beginning of the school year.  Kids who have completed 5th grade may choose to join our teen program.

 Itsy Bitsy Storytime--1st & 3rd Thursdays, 10:30 

For ages birth--23 months. No registration required.  Bouncing, hugs and kisses, tickle time, lots of rhymes, and one book are shared at this fun program, designed to help our youngest library users develop pre-literacy skills.  Followed by a half an hour play time with Infant to Toddler Connection.  


 Tuesday Morning All Ages Storytime--10:30 (beginning June 6)

Children of all ages are welcome.  Children are divided by age group—toddlers (2 year olds), pre-school (3-5 year olds), and grade school (6 and up).  Enjoy age appropriate stories and activities.  Toddler and pre-school storytimes include songs, movement, rhymes, and puppets.  No registration required!



 Pajama Storytime--Tuesdays, 6:30 (beginning June 6)                    
This is a fun and engaging program designed to help children develop the early literacy skills they need to be ready to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.  Stories, songs, puppets, and finger plays make this a fun time for all.   Children attend with a parent or other caregiver.  Children are encouraged to attend in their pajamas.   No registration required!
 K-2 Book Worms--4th Tuesdays, 4:30-5:15  

Each month Miss Laini will be sharing picture books and selections from chapter books.  This will be followed by creative play. For May we will be reading picture books, and playing with the Library's musical instruments.  Sign up in advance.


 3rd Grade Book Club--1st Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30                  

Children read a new book each month.  We begin each meeting with an ice breaker game, followed by book discussion and a related activity. This month's book is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Appelgate.  2nd graders may join if they are able to read the book.  We start out at the beginning of the year with an easy book, and end in the summer with more challenging reads.             

Book Description:

Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

 4th-5th Grade Book Club--3rd Tuesdays, 4:30-5:45

Children read a new book each month.  This month we will be meeting with author, Kathi Appelt, via Skype to talk to her about her book, The Underneath.  Stop by the Youth Services Desk to pick up a copy of the book and sign up.

Book Description:

Appelt breathes new life into the sentient-animals premise, introducing strong currents of magic realism into a tale as rich and complex as “the gumbo-like waters of the bayous.” Chained and starved by cruel trapper Gar Face, lonely hound Ranger finds companions in a stray cat and her two kittens. When Mother Cat falls victim to Gar Face’s abuse, the surviving animals, especially sensitive kitten Puck, struggle to keep their makeshift family together. The animals’ caring, generous bonds juxtapose with the smothering love of an ancient shape-shifter in a moving parallel story.  Appelt’s novel also folds in specific traditions of the Caddo peoples of east Texas, and casts the bayous as a kind of enchanted forest laden with spirits and benign, organic presences.
 Decorate a Cap--Friday, June 16, 10:30 or 11:00  
Stop by and decorate a cap with our fine tipped fabric markers.  Write your name, sketch circles, and more.  All ages are welcome, but caps do not come in extra small sizes.  Sign up in advance.  

 Pokemon Card Game--2nd Sundays 2-4                                              Earn Badges--Mondays between 4 and 8

Children, teens and adults, bring your Pokemon cards with you, and learn how to build a deck.  Then, learn to play the popular card game.  Children ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Sign up in advance.

On Monday evenings children and teens can earn badges (pins) just by visiting the Youth Services Desk and completing a simple task.  

 Full STEAM Ahead--1st Saturdays, 1-2      
3rd-5th graders, join Miss Pam, a licensed elementary school teacher, for our new Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math program. Kids will be creating geometric shapes with Strawbees in June.  In July they will create hinged objects with Strawbees.
 K-5 Lego Club--2nd Wednesdays 4:30-5:30
Come build something extraordinary with the Library's Lego. Then, we will take a photo of it to post on the Library's Facebook page.  
 Black Tie Magic                                                                                Thursday, June 8, 10:30, 2:30 or 6:30  Friday, June 9, 10:30
Join Mike Klee and his rabbit, Trix, for an interactive magic program for the whole family.  No registration.  First come, first serve.  We give out free tickets beginning 30 minutes prior to the program. Doors open 15 minutes prior.
 Diggery Digger's Dinosaur Adventure sponsored by Wells Fargo      Thursday, June 22, 10:30, 2:30 or 6:30  Friday, June 23, 10:30
Join the Story Ship Entertainment Company for an interactive program featuring animation, puppets and audience participation. Solve the clues to help Diggery Digger find his mom!  First come, first serve.  We give out free tickets beginning 30 minutes prior to the program.  Doors open 15 minutes prior.
 Snakes Alive! Sponsored by Virginia Dominion Power                        Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 or Thursday, July 13, 10:30, 2:30 or 6:30 or  Friday, July 14, 10:30
Ron Kromer, Herpetologist, returns to teach children about some of the most misunderstood animals.  Ron will give a presentation on which snakes are harmful, and which are not.  He will show off his giant iguana and python, and every child gets to hold a smaller snake.  First come, first serve.  We give out free tickets beginning 30 minutes prior to the program.  Doors open 15 minutes prior.
 Star Wars for K-5--Thursday, June 29, 11:00-12:00 or 1:00-2:00

Come help our "droids" (Ozobots) navigate their way through the Star Wars galaxy, make character finger print bookmarks, show off your knowledge at trivia, and bowl for Stormtroopers.

Children ages 7 and under will need parent assistance.  Older children may stay and participate on their own.