The Youth and Family Services Department holds several different storytimes, for different age groups:
- Babytime is designed for ages 0-2. The program uses stories, rhymes, songs and music to provide quality interaction time for babies and caregivers, and to build early literacy skills.
- Toddler Time is designed for ages 2-5. Young ones and their caregivers can join us for a 30-minute session full of stories, songs, movement, and early literacy activities.
- Family Storytime is designed for families and children of all ages. Stop in for exciting stories, followed by music, activities and/or crafts.
Note: Toddler Time and Babytime classrooms have limited space, so we ask that daycares or schools that want to attend a storytime at the library contact us to schedule their own event. See our Outreach and Educational Services page for more details.
Breakfast with Santa
One of our largest events of the year, this program gives our young patrons and their parents a chance to eat breakfast, make crafts, and visit with Santa. Each child leaves with a free book, and photo opportunities are available. Space is limited for this free event, and sign up usually begins in early December.
Georgia Southern students volunteering with the Serve912 program will be on hand to help kids in grades K-6 with their homework after school on most Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3:30-5:30pm. See the calendar for a complete schedule.
The library works with a local Homeschooling group to provide space for homeschooled students to come together and learn. For a full list of what homeschool programs are currently planned, check out the current month’s calendar.
The library offers an ever-changing list of programs for ages 6-12, including STEM Days, Superhero Saturdays, Bingo, Lego Club, Art Night, Anime Day, Video Game Day, Family Game Night, and more. To see what is currently being offered, check out the current calendar.
Reading to Rover
On the third Monday of each month, the Statesboro Therapy Dogs visit the library to give new and developing readers the chance to practice reading aloud. The dogs are well-behaved and very good listeners!
Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Teens in the Teen Advisory Group form our core group of young volunteers. They meet monthly to advise the library on which materials and programs are of interest to them, and often plan and lead programs of their own. Students who earn enough volunteer hours are invited to a special TAG lock-in each spring. TAG is open to students between the ages of 12-18, and meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 5:30pm in the Teen Activity Room.
Teen Anime & Manga Club
Teens between the ages of 12-18 can get together twice each month to talk about their love of anime and manga. At each session, students enjoy a new anime episode, activities, and snacks. No sign up is required – new members can drop in to any meeting.
The library regularly hosts open Makerspace hours for teens to make crafts and use the Makerspace equipment. Staff members often have projects ready to go, or teens can pursue their own interests. Current equipment available includes:
- 3D Printer
- Silhouette Cameo (paper cutting)
- Sewing Machines and Iron/Ironing Board
- Lego Mindstorms EV3 and WeDo 2.0 robotics kits
- LittleBits Invention kits (electronics engineering)
- Snap Circuit and Snap Circuit Light kits
- Anki Overdrive starter kit (robotic cars)
- Sphero BB-8™ robots
- USB-powered microscopes (200x)
- Craft supplies: paper, paint, beads, embroidery floss, yarn, fabric, etc.
The library works with Safe Haven Outreach to provide a comfortable space for teens to talk about what’s going on in their lives. During these monthly sessions, friendly and knowledgeable staff from Safe Haven are available to answer teens’ questions and help guide them through any tricky situations they are facing in school, at home, and in their relationships.
Tutoring with Restoring the Breach
Free Math and English Language Arts tutoring is provided during the school year through the local non-profit organization, Restoring the Breach. Tutors are available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 5:30-7:00pm. Parents and caregivers must remain in the library while students are being tutored.