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Meet Your Children's Library Staff

Nan Campbell, Children's Librarian

Nan is the Children’s Librarian at the Hardin County Public Library. She organizes the Baby and Me and Toddler Time programming. She loves sharing stories and crafts with the library’s youngest patrons. Above all, she hopes to make the library as special a place to them as it was to her as a child.

Melanie, Children's Librarian

Melanie is the Children's Librarian at the North Branch. She organizes the Story Hour for Younger and Older Preschool as well as special evening programs. She enjoys finding creative crafts for the children every week.

Summer Reading Program 2015

Summer Reading Program 2015

Programs at the Main Branch
Day Time Grades
Mondays 11:15am - 12:15am Kindergarten
1:00pm - 2:00pm Grades 1-3
5:00pm - 6:00pm Grades 1-3
Tuesdays 10:30am - 11:00am Baby & Me
11:00am - 11:30am Younger Preschool
1:00pm - 2:00pm Grades 1-3
2:15pm - 3:15pm Kindergarten
Wednesdays 10:30am - 11:00am Younger Preschool
11:15am - 12:15pm Older Preschool
1:00pm - 2:00pm Grades 4-6
2:15pm - 3:15pm Grades 6-12 (Unmask!)
Thursdays 11:00am - 11:30am Younger Preschool
1:00pm - 2:00pm Older Preschool
Saturdays 11:00am - 12:00pm Grades K-3
Programs at the North Branch
Day Time Grades
Tuesdays 9:30am - 10:30am Older Preschool (ages 2-5)
11:00am - 12:00pm Grades K-3
Wednesdays 11:30am - 12:30pm Grades 4-8

* Children must be 2 by June 1 to sign up for Younger Preschool programs

Children must be 3 by June 1 to sign up for Older Preschool programs

Please sign up for the grade level your child has just completed

Baby & Me 0-24 months

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Story Hour 2014-2015

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Sign-ups are required for Baby and Me Story Hour, Preschool Story Hour. Toddler Time and Special Saturday Story Hour are drop-in programs and do not require registration. Registration will begin on July 21, 2014. All classes will start the week of August 11, 2014. There are no classes during Fall Break, October 6-11, 2014 or Winter Break, from December 22, 2013 to January 3,2015. We will resume classes January 5, 2015. Please call 270-769-6337 for more information.

Baby and Me Story Hour

Babies 0-24 months and their caregivers will enjoy stories, rhymes and music!


Tuesday & Wednesday 10:30am - 11:00am

Main Branch Preschool Story Hours

Enjoy stories, games, crafts, and more! These classes are for younger and older preschool kids not in kindergarten and their caregivers.

Day Time Grades
Monday 11:00am - 11:30am Younger Preschool
Tuesday 11:00am - 12:00am Older Preschool
Tuesday 1:00am - 2:00pm Older Preschool
Wednesday 10:00pm - 10:30am Younger Preschool

Younger Preschool children is for 2 year olds. Older Preschool is for ages 3-5 years old.

Youth Book Clubs

K-2nd grades. Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 in children's room.

3rd-5th grades. Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 in children's room.

Stories & Tails

Every second Saturday of each month, children will read to a trained and certified therapy dog.

No registration is required. Walk-ins and families are welcome.

Saturday 1:00pm-2:00pm

Toddler Time Hour

Children ages 2-3 and their caregivers are invited to sing songs, listen to stories, and make a craft. Walk-ins are welcome.

No registration is required.

Thursday 11:00am - 12:00pm

Special Saturday Story Time

Children and their caregivers. We will listen to stories, sing or dance to music, and make a craft.

Walk-ins are welcome.

Saturday 11:00am - 11:30am

North Branch Preschool Story Hour

Enjoy stories, games, crafts, and more! These classes are for younger and older preschool kids not in kindergarten and their caregivers.

Day Time Grades
Tuesday 10:30pm - 11:00pm Younger Preschool
Wednesday 11:00am - 12:00am Older Preschool

Special Saturday Story Hour

Children and their caregivers. We will listen to stories, sing or dance to music, and make a craft.

Walk-ins are welcome.

11:00am - 11:30pm

* All Story Hours follow the Hardin County School calendar. When school is in session, Story Hours meet. If school is cancelled, then Story Hours will not meet.

Fun and Games

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Picture Books

  • Ant and Grasshopper by Luli Gray
  • Cowboy Clyde and Dirty Dawg by Lori Mortensen
  • Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki
  • Edward and the Pirates by David McPhail
  • Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Williems
  • Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett
  • Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira
  • The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat by Andrew Fusek Peters
  • The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman
  • The Secret Box by Barbara Lehman
  • Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg

Middle School Books

  • E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core! by William Joyce
  • Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
  • I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  • Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm by Megan McDonald
  • Middle School: Get Me out of Here! by James Patterson
  • Nightshade City (Nightshade Chronicles) by Hilary Wagner
  • The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine A. Applegate
  • Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Youth Adult Books

  • Beautiful Creatures (Series, Book 1) by Kami Garcia
  • Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2) by Suzanne Collins
  • Destiny Binds (Timber Wolves Trilogy, Book 1)
  • Icons by Stohl, Margaret
  • Insurgent (Series, Book 2)
  • Prodigy (Series) by Marie Lu
  • Reached (Trilogy, Book 3) by Ally Condie
  • The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
  • The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
  • What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

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Here at HCPL, we are pleased to offer a variety of services to your children. These services include:

  • Fun reading based programs for a variety of ages.
  • Story hour for ages 0-5. To see the schedule click on the Story Hour Tab.
  • Quality reader's advisory and reference service. We are here to help with your homework needs!
  • Yearly summer reading program. To see the schedule click on the Summer Reading Tab.
  • Computer games for children.
  • A wide variety of children's fiction, non-fiction and audio materials available.
  • And of course, the famous "little" door!

Your Kids Can Get Their Own Library Card!

Children can get their own library cards. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach your child responsibility at a young age. There is no age limitation on library cards. However, parents must bring your child with them in person to the library with a photo id for mom or dad. Only parents or guardians can get their kids library cards. This card is free to Hardin County residents. Out of county residents must pay a $25.00 annual membership fee. So sign your kids up for their own library cards today!

We want your child to feel welcome and safe at HCPL. Please read our Safe Child Policy so that your visit is as pleasant as possible! Please note that all children under six must be accompanied by an adult or caregiver who is at least 16 years or older.


Teacher in Library

The HCPL is pleased to offer services especially for teachers! Please call our youth services librarian at 769-6337 for more information if you are interested in any of these services.

Tours for any age student. We even include a story for younger visitors or book talks for older students. Tour groups can also get library cards. We provide the applications, you get them signed by parents and we will have the cards ready for you when your group arrives (requires one week processing time).

Book talks for grades K-12, either here at the Library or at your school.

We will be glad to put together a selection of non-fiction titles for your use. Please give us at least two weeks notice for these requests. Books can be checked out for up to a month, provided that they are not new titles. Selection will be at the librarian's discretion. Not all materials on a certain subject will be included.

Other Resources

Power PAC

Children's Catalog