Early Learning

Listening to fun stories, singing songs, and talking to one another are the habits that provide the foundation for developing strong reading and listening skills. The Library provides a wide range of materials and early learning experiences for the youngest of visitors.

Early Learning

Bunny Book Bags

Borrowing books for your little ones has never been faster, easier, or more fun! Check out a Bunny Book Bag full of 20 picture books or a Baby Bunny Book Bag full of 12 board books. Read and return them fine free! No two bags are alike. Limit two bags per check-out.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The 1,000 Books by Kindergarten program promotes early learning skills by rewarding parents and caregivers for reading aloud to their children. Prizes will be awarded for reading 100, 500, and 1,000 books! Parents and caregivers can register at any Library location.

My First Library Card

My First Library Card is for young children from birth through age six (6). With this card, you and your child may borrow up to 25 children's books fine free! Learn more now.


Call the Library's 24-hour Call-a-Story telephone line to hear favorite stories read by various local civic leaders, cultural personalities, and professional athletes. Dial 317-275-4444 or call toll-free 877-275-9007.

On the Road to Reading

Each month, Itty Bitty bookmobiles visit over 160 childcare classrooms in low- to moderate-income areas sharing story programs, delivering bags full of age-appropriate books, and providing themed kindergarten-readiness kits and resources to parents and childcare providers. Interested in a bookmobile visit? Contact Us

Professional Development for Early Childhood Providers

The Library provides customized professional development workshops for licensed childcare programs upon request. Providers can also attend workshops led by nationally-recognized experts in early childhood education throughout the year.

It's never too early to start visiting the Library!

Introduce young children to the wonders of the Library without worrying about fines and fees.

Learn about My First Library Card
It's never too early to start visiting the Library!

Looking for picture book favorites?

Here are some of the best stories to get small children hooked on reading.

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Looking for picture book favorites?