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Children’s Dept.


Show Me, Building Blocks, and Mark Twain Reader Awards

Ongoing Events

From Movers & Shakers to LEGO Club.


Kid-Friendly Search Engines and Online Reading

Award Winning Children’s Books

Welcome to the Children’s Department

Do you know about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten? It is a nationwide reading challenge for kids ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers. Getting started is simple–all you have to do is pick up a book! How you keep track of the books you read is up to you, but 1000 Books Before Kindergarten offers paper reading logs (also available as a PDF) and an app to help you along the way.

How it works: Every time you finish a book, fill in the circle on your log or enter it in Beanstack. When you read 200, 400, 600, 800, and 1,000 books, visit the library for a free book to keep!

If you read 1 book a day for 3 years, you will have read 1,095 books!

If you read 3 books a day for 1 year, you will have read 1,095 books!

Visit and register for the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” challenge or download your paper log sheets here!


The Rosemary Titus Reynolds Children’s Department at Joplin Public Library is committed to introduce as many children as possible to the library’s resources in order to create lifetime readers and library users!

We host regular storytimes throughout the year, along with other programming! Find more information on our calendar. You can also find archived virtual storytimes on our YouTube channel, Facebook, and Instagram. Click the virtual storytime image below for fun storytime videos, activities, and more!