Events for Kids

Summer Reading

Keep reading during the summer!  Our 2020 theme is "Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate and Discover!" Join us June 12 - August 15, 2020.

Student Friends

Kids entering grades 6-8 can volunteer at the library as a Student Friend. Volunteer tasks include cleaning books, writing thank-you notes to Summer Reading sponsors, and assisting in setting up for programs.

Each participant can volunteer for one hour per day for a total of 4 hours for the summer. 2020 dates are from June 22 - August 14.  Hours are flexible; contact the Central Children's Room to see available time slots. A signed permission slip is needed at the time of or before the first volunteer hour.

Call 510-981-6223 for more information.

Online Calendar

View our online calendar for descriptions of programs and up-to-date information. Story Times, magicians, puppets shows, jugglers, music makers, author visits, craft programs, and more! 

Story Time

Story time brings language to life and open up the world of other people and places. We offer engaging programs for children, parents and caregivers of all ages. Join us for good stories, rhymes, music and fun! Read more on our calendar to find the one for you! Check the calendar for breaks in storytime sessions.

A special invitation for group leaders: Request a story time just for your group. For more information about group attendance at regularly scheduled story times, please contact your local library.

 Book Discussion Groups

Middle School Book Group

Be a part of our Middle School Book Group!  We read exciting books you choose, have interesting discussions, meet dynamic authors and munch on delicious snacks. Kids in 6th, 7th and 8th grades can join any or all sessions. Just read the book and jump in!  For further information, call Emma at 510-981-6223 or email us at

We meet on the third Tuesday of the month, October - May. Check our calendar for more information.

4th & 5th Grade Book Club

Make friends and enjoy delicious treats while talking about fun books. For more information and to find out how to get a copy of the book we'll be reading next, contact us at 510-981-6223 or email us at All 4th and 5th graders are invited to join at any meeting throughout the year. Come even if you haven't had a chance to read the book! 

We meet once a month, usually on the first Tuesday of the month in October, and the second Tuesday of the month in November - April. 

At the first meeting of the school year in October, we are introduced to each other and then we vote on the books that we will be reading later on in the year. Our staff has chosen the slate of books and will briefly introduce the books at the meeting before we take the vote. Each month participants will receive a copy (to keep) of the book that will be discussed at the next meeting. View a sample of a meeting handout.

Paws to Read

Dogs are a great audience!  Sign up to read to a trained therapy dog.  Choose a book at the library or bring one from home.

For children in grades K through 5. Contact North Branch for more information.