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Emporia Public Library Youth Services serves children from birth through Grade 5 as well as parents, educators, and caregivers. Youth Services is a dynamic and creative place where children can learn and play in a child-friendly environment. In addition to enjoying books, young visitors can play with educational toys and puzzles, use the Internet and play learning games on the computers, engage in puppet play, and more. Youth Services offers materials in a wide variety of formats as well as programming throughout the year that will appeal to the entire family.

For information, contact Lori Heller (Youth Services Coordinator) at (620) 340-6467 or Gloria Jurado (Youth Services Assistant) at (620) 340-6468. 

Book Club and Programs

This page includes information about our book clubs, read alongs, and book activities.

Award Books

Caldecott Award - is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished picture book for children.

Newbery Medal - is awarded to the author of the most distinguished American literature for children.

William Allen White Children's Book Award


We offer Pat-a-Cake, Mother Goose, Preschool, and Spanish Storytimes. 

Watch animal-inspired programs from all around Lyon County!

Lyon County Tails for Tales

3-5th Graders are welcome to join us for our virtual book talk, Wednesdays at 4:30 PM. 

WAW Book Award Discussion

Zoo Readalongs

Listen to a story and learn about the unique characteristics of animals at the David Traylor Zoo of Emporia with Dehlia Sutton, Zoo Education Coordinator. Recordings from this event are available.

Beanstack 101

Check out our online reading challenges and win prizes!

Click here for more information.

EPL StoryWalk®

Travel along Commercial St. to read a story with us any time you want!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Set your children on the path to success early book at a time!