NOTICE:

All Metro Library locations are now in our "Sit & Stay" stage. Customers can come in to sit and read or use their device in our socially distanced seating, use a study room, or use one of our public computers. Please wear a mask. Click here for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Southern Oaks Library will be closed for maintenance beginning Tue, 10/5. During this time, curbside hours will be expanded.

Parents & Caregivers

Young boy holding father's hand

Do you have a child in your life?

The Library offers a wide variety of developmentally appropriate programming, specially designed spaces, and materials for children of all ages, parents, and caregivers. Explore the links below or visit your nearest Library location to learn more!

Also check out our Children’s and Teen’s pages for more information.

General Parenting Links

  • Child Development Institute: Provides information on child development, psychology, health issues, parenting and family life.
  • Children Now: Children Now is a nonpartisan organization recognized nationally for its policy expertise and up-to-date information regarding children. The targeted audience is broad, reaching out to parents, lawmakers, citizens, business, media and community leaders.
  • Parent’s Choice Foundation: Provides a non-profit consumer guide to children's books, toys, audio, video, software, TV and magazines.

Babies and Toddlers

  • Zero to Three: Straightforward science-based information and tools designed to help parents and caregivers nurture their young children’s development.
  • Born Learning: Help grow your childs brain by turning everyday moments into fun learning opportunities for your child.
  • Smart Start Central Oklahoma: Information on helping your child be prepared for school. Links to great local information and agencies working in Oklahoma County for families.
  • Center for Early Literacy Learning: Early literacy activities for parents and caregivers to do with babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Early Birds Oklahoma: program created by Smart Start of Central Oklahoma to help parents of children from birth to 5 years with for school readiness.

Reading and Books

Health and Safety

  • KidsHealth: Created by the pediatric medical experts at The Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children, The Nemours Childrens Clinic, and other children's health facilities nationwide. Articles on many aspects of child health, for parents, kids, and teens.
  • Healthfinder: Gateway to selected health and human services information resources with online links to governmental and public organizations by subject, including parenting, infants, children, teens, and families.
  • National Immunization Program: Centers for Disease Control compiled information on childhood diseases and immunization.
  • HealthyChildren.org: Is a online resource powered by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians who dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Blog Entries

Events

Little Life Skills: Cooking

All Day10/18 - 10/24
Del City Library
Library Branch: Del City Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Del City)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
Learning takes place well before we start school! The Little Life Skills take-home kit series encourages children ages 2 - 5 to work on basic life skills like tying shoes, learning ABCs, and helping out around the house through hands-on activities an...

Disclaimer(s)

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.

Outdoor Storytime

October 19, 2021
10:00am - 10:45am
The Village Library
Registration
Library Branch: The Village Library
Room: Village Green (Village)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Outdoor Program, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
Event Description:

Join us for a storytime at your neighborhood library! Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the library and show parents and caregivers invaluable information on reading readiness and create excitement about reading. Connect with others while enjoying stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and more!

Disclaimer(s)

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to be in attendance and be engaged with your child for this program. 

This event is scheduled to take place outside weather permitting.  Customers are encouraged to wear sunscreen and their masks.  Customers may also bring a blanket or lawn chair.  Please watch your email for updates to change of avenue or cancelation. 

Story & Song Pumpkins!

October 19, 2021
11:00am - 11:30am
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Zoom (Downtown)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Family Programs, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Description:
Join us online for Storytime with the Downtown Library! Our theme for the week is: Pumpkins! Connect virtually with other children and caregivers as you enjoy interactive songs, stories, and rhymes from the comfort of your home. Register to receiv...

Disclaimer(s)

This event is an online event offered through video and web conferencing software.  If you register for this program, you will be emailed the link to connect digitally.   Please note, you may need to install an app or computer application to attend this program.  If you have any issues connecting, please reach out to askalibrarian@metrolibrary.org.

Online Preschool Activities

October 25, 2021
10:30am - 11:15am
Southern Oaks Library
Registration
Library Branch: Southern Oaks Library
Room: Zoom (Southern Oaks)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 6
Event Description:
Join us online through Zoom for a story, rhymes, a craft, and early literacy activity. Come by the library before the program to pick up a kit of materials you will need during the program. Before the program, you will receive an email with a link ...

Disclaimer(s)

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

Outdoor Storytime

October 26, 2021
10:00am - 10:45am
The Village Library
Registration
Library Branch: The Village Library
Room: Village Green (Village)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Outdoor Program, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 16
Event Description:

Join us for a storytime at your neighborhood library! Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the library and show parents and caregivers invaluable information on reading readiness and create excitement about reading. Connect with others while enjoying stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and more!

This week, come in your costume, and we'll have a short dance party at the end of storytime!...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to be in attendance and be engaged with your child for this program. 

This event is scheduled to take place outside weather permitting.  Customers are encouraged to wear sunscreen and their masks.  Customers may also bring a blanket or lawn chair.  Please watch your email for updates to change of avenue or cancelation. 

View More Events

Databases

A B C E F G H I J L M N O P R S T U V W

Collections

Tumble Book Library - eBooks for kids

TumbleBook Library

The TumbleBook Library has over a thousand always available eBooks for elementary school students. It includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, and graphic novels as well as learning activities for literacy and reading comprehension such as puzzles, games, quizzes, and lesson plans.

Visit Resource Website
Book Icon

Kids & Screen Time

Do you often wonder if your child is getting too much screen time, whether from a phone, TV, or other device? These titles advise how to balance your family’s screen time.

Visit Resource Website
Book Icon

Let’s Talk About Sex

Many parents dread having the sex talk with their kids. It can be awkward. But we have you covered with books to help explain sex, whether you’re giving a little information to a younger child or going more in depth with an older child. There are both secular and religious-based titles, so you can choose what is right for your family.

Visit Resource Website
Potty Training Icon

Potty Training

Potty training can be frustrating. Check out some of these adult books to learn how to make it easier. Don’t forget to check out books and DVDs to encourage your little ones to use the potty!

Visit Resource Website