The Minneapolis Public Library offers several programs for youth.  To see a schedule for these youth program, please see our Calendar of Events or contact the library.  Please note that some programs may require an RSVP to ensure that we have enough supplies.

Budding Bookworms

A Farm Bureau representative reads to the Budding Bookworms children for Farm Safety week.

Budding Bookworms is a lap-sit reading program for infants and toddlers from birth to age 4.  The purpose of the program is to promote a strong parent-child bond, develop motor skills and socialization, and foster a love for reading starting from an early age.

Children will be read stories and experience fingerplays, nursery rhymes,  or songs.  Other activities include completing coloring pages, basic crafts, and games. Caregivers and childcare providers are welcome! No RSVP required.

Once Upon a Storytime

Children gather around to hear Librarian Ron share a story for Once Upon a Storytime.

Once Upon a Storytime is a literacy program for youth age 4-2nd grade. Once Upon a Storytime is a great way to introduce youth to books and our library in a fun and exciting way. A librarian will read stories and lead songs, crafts, and other hands-on activities.

Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program is for school-aged youth from kindergarten to 6th grade. Each summer, the library will put on a themed reading program.  Youth will have the opportunity to read books, participate in hands-on activities and games, see guest speakers, and have the opportunity to win prizes for participating in the program and achieving reading goals.

Youth participate in arts and crafts during the Summer Reading program.

Some past program themes have included: Paws, Claws, Scales, and Tales (pets), Get a Clue (mystery), and Catch the Reading Bug (insects and bugs). Visit with a librarian to sign-up for the upcoming Summer Reading Program to find out this year’s theme!


Currently, we are in the process of developing a teen reading program and/or book club. Please check back soon for more information!

Family Movie Night

Currently, we are in the process of planning future Family Movie Nights. Please check back for more information.

Check out a gallery of our youth programs and activities below.