Charles County Public Library in La Plata, MD

On Monday, May 9, 2011 - 14:42

Got kids? Head for the Charles County Public Library, which has branches in La Plata, Indian Head and Waldorf.

From preschool story time to after-noon kids clubs and the Teen Advisory Board, the library has something to entertain kids of all ages.

“We start from age 0 by giving parents of newborns the first book for their child through our ‘From the Beginning’ program,” says Emily Ferren, Charles County Public Library Director.

Preschool story time at the library includes songs, crafts and finger plays, and afternoon kids’ clubs encourage reading and poetry writing during the summer for school-age children.

“The first Saturday of every month, we do family events like songs, games and stories at all three branches,” Ferren says, “and we just started a Teen Advisory Board where teens meet monthly with librarians to suggest programs like a movie night or Halloween night.”

Teens even have their own link on the library’s Web site,, called The Prism. It has homework help, reading lists, information about teen events at the library and hot links to games, movies and books. There’s also a Kids Only link on the Web site.

“We have a popular mother/daughter book club at our Waldorf branch, as well as a parent/son book club geared toward kids ages 10-14,” Ferren says. “Throughout the year, we do special events like a Harry Potter Day, magic shows and murder mysteries.”

The library encourages kids to read at least 15 minutes every day.

Ferren enjoys working for the library because it’s such a valuable resource in the community.

Read more about child education in La Plata, MD.