For Youth

Youth Resources

  • A comprehensive and current selection of fiction and non-fiction books
  • Audio-books (books on cassette, books on CD, picture book & tape sets)
  • Family-friendly videos and dvds
  • Circulating software for education and entertainment
  • Magazines for reading, crafting, and learning
  • 8 Internet-access computers for homework and gaming
  • 4 Early Literacy Station computers featuring educational games specifically designed for ages 3-8 (without Internet-access)
  • Classroom resources for teachers and home educators
  • Art resource kits from the St. Louis Art Museum
  • Parenting information and resources for new and questioning parents
    Summer and winter reading clubs for children (readers and listeners ages birth to 12 years) and teens
  • Preschool storytimes to nurture a love of reading and build prereading skills
  • Toddler storytimes to introduce young children to the delights of rhythm, rhyme, fingerplays, and stories as a fun first step to reading motivation
  • Programs that provide hands-on opportunities for children to explore the world through books, activities, art, and more
  • Volunteer opportunities for children and teens (ages 12+)


Animated, talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Math stories, read-alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), videos (from National Geographic), puzzles and games.

Children’s Book Awards

Newbery Award
Newbery Award—the most
distinguished contribution to
American literature for children.
Caldecott Award
Caldecott Award—given to
the artist of the most distinguished
American picture book for children.
Mark Twain Award
Mark Twain Award—selected by students in grades four through eight and presented annually to a living United States author.
Show Me Award
Show Me—selected by students in
grades one through three and
presented annually.
 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award
Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award– presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri’s public libraries.
Gateway Award
Gateway Award–presented annually to the author of a young adult book in order to encourage reading among young adults and spawn interest in young adult literature.
Coretta Scott King Award
Coretta Scott King Award – authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the “American Dream.”

Michael L. Printz Award
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.  It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

For Parents

Internet Usage
Outlines the library’s computer policies and guidelines followed by all computer users.

Internet User Agreement
A copy of the Internet User Agreement signed when obtaining new library card.

Internet Safety
Tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Interactive Services Association.

Parent Links
Helpful links on parenting, childhood, and adolescence.

Help with Potty Training
Features a list of books on toilet training, as well as where to find them in the library.

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