Children's Events

About Greenwood Children's Programs
Click on the links below to view descriptions of programs at the Ninety Six and Ware Shoals Branches.
The Children's Room offers many types of programs for children starting at birth and continuing though 5th Grade. We offer three different storytimes as well as, crafts, storywalks, STEAM programs. Below we have outlined our programs based on age range. Don't forget to check out our programs and events for all ages as well. 

The Children's Room also offers other services and resources beyond programming to all of Greenwood County's children. Please check the main Children's Room webpage for links to resources such as Early Literacy Programs, parent and grandparent resources, digital materials, Developmental Disorders, and our YouTube Channel.

Note: Monthly Grab and Go Crafts are not listed on the Google Calendar below. Please click on the button below to view what is available for the month. Supplies are limited. 




Tiny Tot StoryTime

The following Thursdays at 10:30 AM to 11 AM
Children's Story Room
Babies & Toddlers
All are invited to bring your baby or toddler to Tiny Tots StoryTime. Tiny Tots is more than a storytime. This time allows children to make friends and socialize with each other through dancing, singing, crafts, and just being silly together! Parents also form lasting friendships with each other making for a very happy, carefree, and supportive experience. Join us every Thursday at 10:30AM.
  September October November December

September 7, 2023

September 14, 2023

September 21, 2023

September 28, 2023

October 5, 2023

October 12, 2023

October 19, 2023

October 26, 2023

November 2, 2023

November 9, 2023

November 16, 2023

November 30, 2023

December 7, 2023

December 14, 2023

December 21, 2023

December 28, 2023


Chick-Fil-A StoryTime

The following Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
Chick-Fil-A by the Greenwood Mall

PreK & Elementary

Come gather with Ms. Jody at our local Chick-Fil-A by the Greenwood Mall each month for a fun filled story time for kids of all ages. Chick-Fil-A will graciously provide treats to all children attending.

September 20, 2023

October 25, 2023

November 15, 2023

December 20, 2023

StoryTime at Panera

The following Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
Panera by the Greenwood Mall

PreK & Elementary

Come gather with Ms. Jody at our local Panera each month for a fun filled story time for kids of all ages. 

October 4, 2023

November 1, 2023

December 6, 2023

Bilingual Story Time

The following Mondays at 4PM
Children's Story Room
All Ages

This storytime is all about learning and sharing our different languages. We will read both English and Spanish stories, sing English and Spanish songs, and learn about Spanish and American culture!

Exposure to different languages at an early age has multiple benefits such as:

  • Increased ability to solve problems, think creatively and recognize patterns.
  • Improved academic performance.
  • Enhanced linguistic awareness and understanding of an individual's native language

September 25, 2023

October 30, 2023

November 27, 2023



Furry Tales StoryTime

The following Tuesdays at 4 PM to 4:45 PM
Children's Story Room
PreK & Elementary

This story time is an all-time favorite at the Main Branch! Each month, the Children's Room staff partners with the Humane Society of Greenwood County to provide a special story time for our Furry Friends who are looking for their Fur-ever Homes. Children, tweens, and teens of all ages are welcome to join us for stories and pets with a special guest doggie.

September 12, 2023

October 10, 2023

November 14, 2023

December 12, 2023

Therapy Dog Storytime

Friday, November 17: 3 PM - 4 PM
Children's StoryRoom
PreK & Elementary

Join us this Friday, November 17 at 3PM for a special Therapy Dog storytime with local author, Marsha Horshok and her therapy dog in training, Ozzie!  Geared towards homeschoolers ages K5-5th grades.


Board Game Club (Grades 3rd -12th) Creativity Lab (Grades 3rd-5th)

Board Game Club

The following Thursdays at 4PM to 5PM
American Veterans Auditorium
Grades 3rd-12th

Tweens* and teens in grades 3rd - 12th can join us for Board Game Club in the American Veterans Auditorium. We will have several games available to play on different skill and grade levels. 

We will occasionally split the Teens to a different table from the Tweens if they want to play a game that is more appropriate for older ages

*We consider Tweens to be somewhere between the ages of 8-12, but since we go by grade level, we have expanded the "tween ages" to grades 3rd-8th. Parents are welcome to stay and play a game with your child too!  

August September October November December

Thursday, August 10:


Thursday, August 24:


Thursday, September 7:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, September 21:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, October 5:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, October 19:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, November 2:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, November 16:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Thursday, December 7:

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Creativity Lab
The following Tuesdays at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Children's Story Room
Upper Elementary (3rd - 5th Grade)

Join us for special activities designed for Upper Elementary kids. Ms. Sabrina from the Children's Room will be hosting a variety of STEAM activities.

STEAM focuses on integrating science, technology, engieering, art, and math into different learning activities. 


September 5, 2023

Apple Printing - Come make your own unique art using paint and apples!

October 3, 2023

Clay Fall Leaves - Come make a fall leaf out of clay! We will sculpt and mold the leaves so you can take them home and let them dry!

November 7, 2023

Thankful Boards - Let's start celebrating Thanksgiving early by making our own thankful boards!

December 5, 2023

Frost in a Can - Come learn what frost is, how it develops, and then make your own using ice and salt!


Read to Ozzie Pumpkin Painting SpookNight Wonderful Wednesdays Lego Club  Grab and Go Crafts
Special Performers and Events

Read to Ozzie

Wednesday, September 13: 3:30-5:00 PM

Children's Story Room

Register for a 10 minute time slot to read to certified therapy dog, Ozzie! Bring your favorite book from the Library to practice your reading skills.

Registration Begins August 30: Please call the Children's Room @ 941-4656 to register. Slots are limited. 


Pumpkin Painting - ALL AGES
Wednesday, October 4 : 4-5PM
American Veterans Auditorium

It's October... and the Library's Pumpkin Contest is right around the corner! Make a painted pumpkin that can be entered into the Spook Night Pumpkin Contest* on Monday, October 9th (5-7:30 PM).

Children (1st grade and up), Tweens, Teens, and Adults are all able to attend!

Space is limited, so please register online or at the Children's, Teen, or Circulation Desks.

Click here to Register - Registration Begins: September 20

*Entries for the Pumpkin Contest can be either painted or carved, but this program will be for painting only. View contest rules and other details about SpookNight here.

Spook Night - A Free All Ages Event!

Monday, October 9: 5PM - 7:30PM

About: We are so excited to announce our second annual Spook Night at the Greenwood County Library! This will be an indoor/outdoor event with a Halloween Costume Contest, Pumpkin Contest, Magician, games, and more!

Rainy Day: In the event of bad weather, Spook Night will move entirely into the American Veterans Auditorium. 


  • Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult AT ALL TIMES
  • All candy and swag will be available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

B-Rad, The Magician's "Super Duper Fun Magic Show"

5PM - American Veterans Auditorium

B-Rad will kick off the festivities for Spook Night with his "Super Duper Fun Magic Show." Come be amazed and laugh your head off at B-Rad's blend of comedy and magic. 

This show will be fun for all ages! No Registration Required.

Halloween Costume Contest

6PM - American Veteran's Auditorium

​By popular request, we will be adding a costume contest to this year! This will be a family-friendly contest, so keep it clean and an appropriate level of scary.

  • Contest Categories: Baby and Toddler (Ages 0-3) Children (Grades K4-5th), Teen (Grades 6th-12th) and Adults (18+)
  • Prizes: A trophy for best overall costume will be awarded in each age bracket for costumes that display the most outstanding Quality, Accuracy, Effort, and Presentation.
  • Ribbons for scariest, cutest, funniest, and most creative will be awarded in each age bracket.*
  • Costumes of all shapes and sizes are allowed. Superheroes, supervillans, princesses, puppies, fairies, pirates, robots, and Jedis are all welcome!
  • Group Costumes: You are welcome to dress in coordinating group costumes, but each costume will be judged individually.
  • Judges will be looking for the spookiest, sparkliest, most colorful, craziest, well-crafted and creative costumes. Costumes may be homemade or store bought.
  • Please read contest rules and costume guidlines carefully. Download a copy below.

Registration is required.

Download Contest Rules

Registration Form (Begins September 25: 3PM - October 9: 12PM)

Halloween Pumpkin Patch

5PM - 7:15PM - Library Lawn (by flagpoles)

Bring your best decorated pumpkin to our Halloween Pumpkin Patch and show off your skills. Spooky or cute, you can decide, but will you have the best Halloween Pumpkin?

Check out the rules below:
  • Enter your pumpkin into one of four entry categories: Children (Birth - 5th Grade), Teen (6th -12th Grade), Adults, or Group/Family.
  • You may enter more than one pumpkin, but only one pumpkin per category. For example, an adult can submit a pumpkin they did themselves in the Adult Category as well as a pumpkin in the Group/Family category if they did one with another person, regardless of their age.
  • Pumpkins can be painted or carved
  • Register your pumpkin for the Pumpkin Patch no later than noon on October 9th. Fill out a paper registration form at the Circulation Desk, Children's Room, or Teen Center.

Registration Form (Begins September 25: 3PM - October 9: 12PM)

You can bring your pumpkin to the Library between between Noon - 5:00 PM on October 9th.

All pumpkins will be on display from 5-7:30PM in our Pumpkin Patch. Voting will be open from 5-7PM

  • Everyone who comes to the Spook Night will be able to tour the Pumpkin Patch and vote on their favorites.
  • Each of the four categories will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. 1st Place will receive a trophy. 2nd and 3rd Places will receive a ribbon. All winners will have their picture taken and shared on our social media accounts.
  • Staff will tally up the results beginning at 7PM.
  • Winners will be announced at 7:15PM


You can allow your pumpkins to be put on display in the Library until Friday, October 13. All pumpkins must be picked up no later than 5PM on October 13. Any leftover pumpkins will be discarded.

Games and More

5PM - 7:30PM -  Library Lawn (by flagpoles)


Pumpkin Toss:

You have three tries to get the bean bag through the Jack O'Latern.

Monster Bowling:

Roll your ball and see how many monsters you can take down.

Cake Walk:

Walk to the beat of Halloween music. When the music stops, will you be lucky enough to win a cake?

Fun Stuff:

Swag Table:

Make sure to stop by the swag table to pick out your spooky gifts and candy. Available while supplies last. Parents are responsible for picking up swag for children under 11.

Tattoo Station:

Make sure to grab a temporary tattoo to show off at school tomorrow!

Wonderful Wednesdays

The following Wednesdays: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Children's StoryRoom

Homeschoolers who are in kindergarten-fifth grade are invited for an hour of learning and a fun-filled activity on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

September 13, 2023

Do you have what it takes to build a “house” to stand up to the Big Bad Wolf?! We’ll read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and you’ll have a chance to test your building skills. Geared towards homeschoolers ages K5-5th grades.

October 11, 2023

Do you love to paint and look at beautiful pieces of art? This program is just for you! Join Ms. Carrie as we learn about talented artists of the past and create a unique piece of art to take home. Geared towards homeschoolers ages K5-5th grades.

December 13, 2023

We all know that bears hibernate in the winter, but did you know that hedgehogs do, too? Join us to learn about our animal friends who sleep through the cold and we'll also make a fun craft. Geared towards homeschoolers ages K5-5th grades.

Lego Club

The following Wednesdays at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

American Veterans Auditoirum


Spend some time having fun and creating with Legos. We will have a theme each meetingto help you get your creativity going! Completed projects are displayed in our front entrance for all of our community to enjoy. This event is for 2nd grade through 12 grade.

September 20, 2023

October 18, 2023

November 15, 2023

December 13, 2023


Grab & Go Crafts

The following weeks during operating hours
Children's StoryRoom

Stop by the Children's Room and pick up a Grab & Go kit.

Kits are available while supplies last


August 1, 2023 - August 31, 2023

Sea Otter Paper Bag Puppet

September 1, 2023 - September 30, 2023

Cardboard Yarn Apples

October 1, 2023 - October 31, 2023

Pom Pom Popper Ghost

November 1, 2023 - November 30, 2023

Pony Bead Napkin Rings

December 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023

Popsicle Stick Hot Chocolate Mug




Photo Release Notice:

Photos or videos may be taken at Library events and activities for Library use in promotion and publicity. Anyone not wanting to have their photo taken should notify Library staff at the time of the event or activity.