Welcome to the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County Children's Page!
From birth-5th grade we offer a variety of materials, services and programs for your enjoyment and educational purposes.
Teachers may register for a Teacher Loan Card which allows them to have materials for six weeks. They may also request subject units. Full information regarding these services can be found on the Teacher Services flier, or by calling (740) 392-BOOK, ext. 248.
AWE Early Literacy Stations
Make learning fun with the AWE Early Literacy stations. Stations are full of educational software with sound and a touch screen to enhance the learning experience.
Free Storytime and Things to do with the Kids While Home
- Mo Willems Lunch Doodles. Weekdays @ 1:00 PM. Kids can learn how to draw in this 30-minute lunch doodle. Posted by the Kennedy Center's Education Artist-in-Residence on the Kennedy Center YouTube Channel.
- The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Salato Wildlife Education Center are offering online lessons for kids. At the zoo, they are holding a daily “Home Safari” Facebook Live featuring a different animal guest weekday at 3 p.m. Eastern.
- Watch Astronauts read to you from the space station. Check out @StoryTimeSpace! https://storytimefromspace.com/library/
- The Screen Actors Guild Foundation (SAG-AFTRA) created the children's literacy website storylineonline.net which features videos of actors reading children’s books alongside produced illustrations. Each book has a recommended grade level and activity guides.
- Save With Stories, in partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, is offering stories on Instagram and Facebook, both at @savewithstories.
- Search the hashtag #OperationStoryTime on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to find authors, illustrators and others sharing story time with children.
- Level up with Libby activity sheet (pdf)
- Good Night with Dolly, Imagination Library Bedtime Stories. Dolly Patron to read children's books aloud in a new weekly video series on YouTube.
- Check out Twitter and YouTube for more great opportunities for children.
P.A.L.S. Play and Learn Sensory Library
The ICAN2 Advocacy Council, the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County have created a partnership to provide access to lend families high quality educational and adaptive sensory toys for families in Knox County. The toys available are award winning for children of all ages. The toys we offer are adaptive, inclusive and can help children play and use their imaginations.
- Toys are free for checkout to adult library card holders in good standing
- Toys can be checked out for 21 days
- Toys must be returned to the Main Library Youth Services Floor
- Please do not put toys in the book drop
- Toys are not renewable
- Toys cannot be put on hold
- $0.10 per day will be charged for late returns
- Damaged toys or missing pieces will incur fines
- Inclusive toys are only available for checkout at the main library.
Some of the wonderful toys we offer are:
Musical Bead Chain
Liquid Floor Tiles
The Play and Learn Sensory Library has been funded through a family fund of the Community Foundation in honor of Milo Barone Costa and autistic children everywhere.
1 Tablet per Household
2 Week lending period
Adult only checkout/No New Patrons
Just for kids!
The pre-loaded tablet with high quality, ad-free apps and games. 100% Secure and easy to navigate.
Welcome to 1KB4K! The Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school. One of the Best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills.
- Print awareness
- Letter Knowledge
- Narrative Skills
Reading can happen anytime, anywhere! You and your children can explore the joy of reading together with this series of “Reading ‘Round the Clock” videos that gives easy tips for working reading practice into everyday activities. These three videos--Reading on the Go, Reading for a Purpose, and Reading on the Screen—give great tips on keeping your family reading and preparing your children for Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Link to the videos and to companion flyers with even more tips on the INFOhio Third Grade Reading Guarantee page at https://www.infohio.org/students/parents/resources-for-the-third-grade-reading-guarantee. The flyers and videos were developed by INFOhio, the State Library of Ohio, Ohio Educational Library Media Association, and the Ohio PTA, and they are available to all Ohioans for free.