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Children’s Services

The Mission Viejo Library offers a wide range of materials, programs and services for our youngest patrons. From early literacy storytimes to family programs, there’s something for every young person, along with their parents and caregivers. Friendly, expert staff are on site to welcome children and families and help you with reading resources, homework research, fun family activities and more. 

Early Childhood Programs

We invite families with young children to join us for storytime on the lawn in The Kershaw Garden, nestled between City Hall and the Library. These outdoor programs offer stories, songs, and rhymes to encourage toddlers and preschoolers to develop essential learning and literacy skills. Bring your beach chairs and blankets and enjoy songs, rhymes, and books that help build the foundation for a lifelong love of reading. 

Staying in? We offer a virtual pajama storytime on Tuesdays at 6 pm via Facebook Live. Follow us on Facebook to catch these storytimes live or watch the replay. 

See our full schedule of storytimes and other events.

Programs for Elementary School Children

  • PAW Readathon - Readers 6 to 12 years old are invited to join us at our monthly PAW Readathon to read to Roxy, a trained therapy dog. Each reader picks out a short book or chapter to read aloud; many enjoy sitting with Roxy and petting her while reading. Held in an outdoor small group setting, young readers benefit from increased time reading aloud, increased reading confidence and Roxy’s friendly presence. Attendance is limited, so please sign up early. Email libraryprograms@cityofmissionviejo.org to register.

  • Homework Help - Students in grades 2 through 6 can work with volunteer tutors in the Mission Viejo Library Friends Storytime Room every Tuesday during the school year, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Students are advised to bring specific assignments to work on. For information and to register, email libraryprograms@cityofmissionviejo.org.

Check our program calendar for more! 

Reading Resources

Storytime in a Bag

Parents and care givers, visit our online catalog to check out our Storytime in a Bag collection! Mission Viejo Library has more than 20 storytime bags available to check out and use for your own storytime at home, or anywhere.

Kids’ Book Club Kits

Encourage your child to make reading a social experience! The Library offers several Kids’ Book Club Kits aimed at readers 8-12. Kits check out for 42 days and include everything you need to host a successful book club for elementary school aged children. 

  • 10 copies of a book
  • discussion questions
  • book reviews and author information
  • instructions for crafts and activities to enhance the reading experience

Sensory Backpacks

Sensory backpacks are available for checkout! Each sensory backpack is a kit designed to accommodate different learning styles and address special sensory and development needs. They contain books, media, fidgets, and activities to help parents and children explore concepts like feelings, focus, and social skills.

Beanstack and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Get personalized book recommendation for your young reader in a weekly email, log the books they’re reading, and participate in reading programs that keep kids motivated. Beanstack is the host site for the library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which fosters a love of reading in a child’s first 5 years. Visit Beanstack.

Novelist K-8 Plus

Find your next favorite read based on books and authors you’ve already enjoyed. Visit Novelist.

The Library is a Family Place

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The Mission Viejo Library has been a host to the nationally acclaimed Family Place Library Program since 2009. 

Family Place Libraries provide a center for early childhood information, parent education, emergent literacy and socialization and family support. The Family Place Library builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in young children’s growth and development.


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