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                  301 W. Elm - Salina, KS - 67401 

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Library Hours

                 Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
                 Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
                 Sunday 1 - 6 p.m. 



Storytimes Early Literacy Youth Services' Spaces Online Resources Events


Jan. 23-March 28

Wednesdays: 10:15 a.m.

Thursdays: 10:15 a.m.


Dance Storytime

Third Tuesday of the month: 10:15 a.m.


Brainy Babies Storytime

Mondays & Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m.


Brainy Babies Storytime (birth to age 2): Brainy Babies Storytime is a storytime designed especially for parents and their babies. Brainy Babies encourages and stimulates the relationship between parent, or caregiver, and child through fingerplays, songs, books and activities. Learn helpful 6 by 6 early literacy tips to help give your child a head start. Join us in the Imagination Station. No registration required.


A special invitation for group leaders: Request a storytime just for your group at the library. You can also request for library staff to visit your program or child care center. For more information, please contact Youth Services at 785-825-4624

Storytime (ages 2 and older): Storytime brings language to life and opens 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! Storytime is in the Prescott Meeting Room in the lower level of the library. Check our calendar for breaks in storytime sessions.

Dance Storytime (ages 2 and older): Dance Storytime combines stories and movement. It is held every third Tuesday of the month and is hosted by Tamara Howe School of Dance. Join us in the Prescott Room in the lower level of the library. No registration required.



6 by 6  6 by 6 is a program that emphasizes the 6 skills that parents and caregivers can help children develop before they learn to read, at about the age of 6.   

 6 x 6 Ready to Read 

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Have Fun with Books Notice Print All Around You Talk, Talk, Talk Look for Letters Everywhere Tell Stories About Everything Take Time to Rhyme

 Take Time to Rhyme

  • Read Mother Goose rhymes and sing with your children.
  • Play with words and help your children sound them out.

Rhymes and music help children learn to hear the smaller sounds of language. 

Notice Print All Around You

  • Let your children handle books and help you turn pages. Babies will even put them in their mouths!
  • Point to words on the page as you read so your children understand that we read from left to right, front to back, and top to bottom - not all cultures do.
  • Point out signs and print wherever you go.
  • Have books, newspapers and magazines throughout your home.

Have Fun with Books

  • Choose books that you and your children will enjoy.
  • Use expression when you read.
  • Let your children see you reading for pleasure.

The first step in learning to read is wanting to learn.

Look for Letters Everywhere

  • Children need to know their shapes before they can learn letters. Hang shape mobiles above your baby's crib, read books about shapes and play with shape puzzles and sorting games.
  • Talk about letters and sounds in objects and words that your children know.

Talk, Talk, Talk

  • Point to objects and name them. Name feelings too!
  • When you come to new word in a book, talk about its meaning.

Children hear and learn more new words when you read books, and a larger vocabulary is linked to greater reading success.

Tell Stories about Everything

  • Talk about your day to show that all stories have a beginning, middle and end. 
  • Let children help tell the story or act it out.
  • Choose books without words and encourage your children to tell the story from the pictures.
  • Ask questions when you read, such as, "What do you think will happen next?"

These activities help with comprehension.

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Come to the library for learning and growing in a fun, creative environment.  The Imagination Station in the Youth Services Department (in the library's lower level) is a space especially for young children under the age of 5. The space includes developmentally appropriate games, puzzles, an AWE computer, learning toys and so much more.


Online Resources

 ABC mouse*

*only available in the library


Adobe EPUB, Kindle, PDF 
and Overdrive READ 
eBooks and MP3 audiobooks.


Animated talking picture books.


Non-fiction e-books for PreK - Grade 12



For more details and troubleshooting youth online resources click here.