You are invited to bring your family to the library! The Children’s Services department of DeWitt Community Library has a lot to offer to the community. Our collection and programs are designed for children ages birth through fifth grade, but we also have resources for parents, teachers and other child educators.

Early Literacy:

Learning to read begins before children start school. Parents and caregivers play a huge part in helping their children! From the time they are infants, children learn language and other important skills that help them learn to read. By developing these early literacy skills, it becomes easier for children to learn to read once they begin school. Learn how to help your child get ready to read by attending storytimes at the library, or by speaking with a librarian. Here are the five ways to help your child get ready to read: 

Talking Singing Reading Writing Playing
Talking with your children helps them learn language and increases their vocabulary and comprehension. Songs are a natural way to learn rhythm and rhymes. Singing slows down language so children can hear different parts of words. Reading together is the single most important way to help your child get ready to read. Children learn that printed letters stand for spoken words. Drawing and writing is another way to tell stories. Play is an important way to learn language skills and explore their imaginations. Children learn by doing.

If you have any questions about Children’s Services in the library, please contact: 
Jennifer Burke - Children’s Librarian

Quarterly Programs for Children & Families: Click here to Register


  • Babies and Books, Mondays at 10:30am, Buckland Room
  • Story Play, Tuesdays at 10:30am, Buckland Room
  • Toddler Time, Wednesdays at 10:30am, Buckland Room
  • Preschool Storytime, Thursdays at 10:30am, Buckland Room

Library Services:

  • Ask a Children’s Librarian – Email or call us with questions or requests for children’s materials or children’s programs
  • Schedule a Special Library Visit – Are you looking for something to do with your preschool group or elementary class? With advance notice, a librarian can provide a special storytime for your group, a library tour, or help your students with library searching and research skills.
  • Outreach – If you can’t come to the library, we can come to you! With advance notice, a librarian can visit your school or group and provide a special storytime or program.

Local Parent Groups:

East Side Moms
Mommy & Me of CNY
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Syracuse Moms Meet Up Group

Fun in the Community:

Online Resources:

  • All Safe Sites – a compilation of safe, children oriented websites listed under several categories.
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center – located at the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, their collection consists of books. published for children and young adults. A great source for booklists and resources.
  • DayByDayNY - A wealth of Early Literacy resources sponsored by New York State Library.
  • First Palette – a wonderful resource of children’s crafts and activities.
  • A Platform for Good - Digital safety and literacy for families.
  • Stop Bullying - a website run by the DOH with resources to prevent, mitigate, and report bullying.


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New Early Learning Activities

Playing on the Library's account is FREE! Progress will be reset if your child goes away and comes back. If your child wants to save progress, you will be asked to make a personal account, which may be charged a monthly fee.

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Children's Events Calendar

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