Looking for book recommendations, information about upcoming events, or our resources for kids? Learn more about our services for children and families on this page, or contact us by phone at 515-573-8167 ext. 6242 if you have any questions!
FDPL Bird Ambassador
FDPL has had a Bird Ambassador in the Children’s Department for more than 50 years. Be sure to stop by the Kids’ Reference Desk and say “Hi!” to our current Bird Ambassador Blueberry.
AWE Kids Computers
We have four AWE Learning All-in-One computer workstations with software programs geared toward kids ages 2-12 in the Children’s Department. Featuring preloaded educational games that are STREAM-aligned, kids can sit and play at any one of the workstations up to 30 minutes per visit.
Interactive Play Touch Table
FDPL has two interactive play touch tables by the Kids’ Reference Desk. These interactive gaming tables are geared toward kids ages 3-14 and feature 12 fun games. Most games can be played by a single child or by up to four children. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join their kids for this unique experience. Play at the touch tables is limited to 30 minutes per visit.
Vincent House Puppet Theater and Busy Blocks
Kids are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild by engaging in creative storytelling through play with our puppet friends in the Vincent House Puppet Theater. Our busy blocks encourage motor skill development through engaging play and our collection of big books allow kids and their caregivers to share stories in a whole new way.
Featured Resources for Kids
AtoZ Food America
Learning plans, worksheets, and activities for students to do at home or at school created by educators from across the country. Log in with your library card.
Events for Kids
New Easy and Picture Books
Frank and Bert
Frank and Bert are the best of friends and they LOVE playing hide-and-seek. But Bert the bear isn't quite as good at hiding as he thinks he is . . . and Frank ALWAYS wins! Every. Single. Time.
But when it's Bert's turn to hide, and Frank has to decide between winning again OR making his friend happy, Frank learns that friendship is always the true winner. This interactive and entertaining story about friendship is guaranteed to get children giggling!
Oona in the Arctic
Oona is on a mission! A baby beluga whale has lost her way from her family and needs help getting back to her icy arctic home!
But Oona and her best friend Otto have never traveled from their warm ocean waters before. Will old ship maps and a compass be enough to lead them through the dangerous storms ahead
Oona may be a little mermaid, but she is determined to see this big adventure through! With a bit of bravery and help from some new friends, they'll do all they can to reunite this baby whale with her pod once more.
Growing and harvesting an herb garden can be fun and oh so satisfying—even in the dead of winter.
Winter outside the window,
Garden on the sill.
With a little bit of love and care, a few seeds nestled in pots, and a good windowsill, there’s no better time to make an herb garden with mom than in the dead of winter. Together, a young girl and her mother can grow everything you find in a spring herb garden, from oregano to parsley and baby greens, carefully tending their plants to watch them thrive, all while frigid snow falls just outside the window. The multiple harvests of fresh greens are just what they need to stay warm through the coldest and darkest season. When Spring finally arrives, there’s one thing on the girl’s mind: more seeds!
Ruffles and the Cozy, Cozy Bed
Join in Ruffles's adventures as he faces all the troubles of toddler life in this brightly colored picture book series.
Ruffles loves a lot of things, like digging, running, and sleeping. He does not love loud noises, especially at night. When Ruffles sees a flash and hears a loud bang, he knows that can only mean one thing: a thunderstorm! But there's no place in the house that feels like just the right hiding spot from the storm outside. Hiding places should be quiet, safe, and most of all, cozy. That's when Ruffles realizes the best place to be is his very own bed where the loud noises--and the storm--don't feel so scary.
A Very Cranky Book
Are you ready to meet the world's crankiest book?
Cranky doesn't want to be read. He just wants you to leave him alone. After all, there are so many other things you can do--ride a bike, play a game, or draw a picture. There's no reason for you to be bothering him! But when other books show up for story time, will Cranky change his mind
Angela and Tony DiTerlizzi, two creative forces, have crafted a story as silly as it is clever. In the vein of Grumpy Monkey and The Day the Crayons Quit, this tale humorously explores the big emotions of one very cranky book.
Love, Lah Lah
Caribbean soca artist, Nailah Blackman, invites you to shimmy, fete, and spread the joy of Carnival with Lah Lah and her grandfather in this vibrant and heartwarming story set in Trinidad & Tobago!
Come on, Come on
Carnival is waiting!
It’s Carnival morning, and Lah Lah is awake bright and early, ready to take part in the festivities of the day. Join Lah Lah and her papa as they dance through the streets of Trinidad and Tobago, cheer on the King and Queen of the Carnival parade, and end with a grand performance onstage!
A moving and lyrical tribute to Nailah Blackman’s grandpa Ras Shorty I, the creator of soca music, which blends African and East Indian rhythms, Love, Lah Lah thrums with the colors and the beat of Carnival.
The Monster Mac and Cheese Party
Through his signature illustrations that explode with fun and flavor, New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr invites everyone to the funkiest, most unforgettable potluck on the block.
We all know kids love macaroni and cheese. But who knew monsters do too? In this story, the monsters hold a mac and cheese party (no humans allowed) and share all their creepy twists on this favorite food. What do zombies like? Mac and cheese with eyeballs! How do sea monsters eat their mac and cheese? In the bathtub, of course! The party is going fine until the monsters are surprised by the unexpected arrival of HUMANS at their party.
A laugh-out-loud tale about a skunk who longs for a family, perfect for fans of Gaston and Wolfie the Bunny.
Skunk wants to be a dog. EVERYONE loves dogs. And every dog seems to have exactly what he's looking for: a home and a family.
When Skunk sees a "lost" poster for Max the dog, he wonders if he can pass himself off as the missing pet. He enlists the help of three neighborhood critters--a racoon, a cat, and a squirrel--who train him in the art of being a dog with hilarious results. But, uh-oh, there's just one thing Skunk didn't account for . . .
Will it prevent him from finding a home where he belongs?
The Bookshop Mice
Pirates, monkeys, galleons and treasure! Isn't it amazing where books can take you?
Astrid is a bookshop mouse, but when she tells her new classmates about her astromouse mom and the incredible adventures she has with her dad, they don't believe her. Only a visit to The Book Nook will show them what they're missing!
Books Make Good Friends
Lotti isn't sure she wants to make friends. She's shy, and she doesn't really know how. While everyone around her is playful, outgoing, and loud, Lotti prefers a quiet place and a book to read. Lotti LOVES books. To her, books are full of magic and aren't as scary as new friends. But perhaps Lotti's books can show her how to find magic in everyday moments, and maybe the friends she can share this magic with are closer than she thinks.