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Our Youngest Patrons

From the beginning, KCPL has made a commitment to our youngest patrons. First called the Boys and Girls Department, now called the Children's Department, it still serves patrons from birth through high school - and it's still one of the busiest in the library!

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Although there were books for young people in the collection from the beginning in what was then called the Boys and Girls Department, Children's Services really began in the 1940's, when Miss Wilma Brown was hired. Ask anyone who grew up in Kanawha County what they remember about the library - you can bet they remember Miss Brown.

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A group of eager students visit the library.

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January 4, 1967- Miss Brown escorts the first group to enter the new Main Library.

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Children searching stacks for some good books in the 1960's.

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St. Albans Library's first patron, Miss Kimberly Evans, stands on her tippy toes to check out her library books with librarian Mrs. James Hampton.

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Here are some pictures taken in 1986 at the Cross Lanes Library of kids enjoying programs.

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Kids learn about dulcimers while taking turns pickin' some tunes.

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Smokey the Bear takes time out of his busy schedule to educate kids at Cross Lanes about fire safety.

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Storytime, now called Books N More provides young kids the chance to listen to some books, sing some songs, and makes some fun crafts. Cross Lanes celebrated 4th of July with a patriotic storytime theme.

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Our Children's Departments are very creative and always coming up with great display ideas. This is a display at Dunbar Library in 1997 promoting our summer library club, "Spin a Yarn, Spin a Tale."

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Peggy Clendenin was well known at several library locations around the county. She loved reading children's books almost as much as she loved children.

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1990 brought computers into the libraries and they began their rise to popularity

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Today even toddlers are learning the basics to using computers in the library.

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Enjoying some quality reading time at Clendenin.

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Homeschoolers are important to the library and we work hard to provide them with the services requested. Sissonville welcomes homeschoolers into the library by having a special day just for them.

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Homeschoolers at Clendenin take time to explore what the library has to offer.

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Annual pet parade at Clendenin always draws plenty of pet lovers around the area to show off their pets.

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Every year the library system has a program called "Warm Hands, Warm Hearts" where gloves, mittens, etc. are donated and hung on a Christmas tree and given to the less fortunate.

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Santa always remembers to make an appearance at our open house. He knows that reading is important!

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Our annual Street Fair held in June offers fun for the whole family. From a book sale to games there's something to please and all for free! A great deal!

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Making bubbles at the Street Fair. What fun!

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Having some more fun at the Street Fair.

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Time to play in the fountain! Can you get a ring around the ducks neck? This girl sure can!

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There are many great programs planned and presented by the children's department. Here, Head of Children's Services Librarian Terri McDougal shares the book, Root Beer and Banana by Charleston author Sarah Sullivan.

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The Harry Potter series is very popular and what better way to promote the series than by having programs based on Harry Potter. Here, staff member Olivia Bradshaw shows kids how "Quidditch for Muggles" is played.

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"Sit, Stay, Read" is a program designed for children to enhance their reading skills by reading to a dog. A very popular program at several locations!

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Lots and lots of Legos, oh my!

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Mother Goose makes an appearance at the Main Library to share some great stories.

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Puppet shows are very popular here at the library. Here, Stevens Puppets shares Wizard of Oz with patrons at Riverside.

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Ron Sowell performing at the library is sure to get kids up and dancing!

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Kids learn to cook at Riverside. We have plenty of cookbooks for kids if anyone is interested in learning!

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"Stacking" program was a success at Riverside!

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Taking a break from crime to learn how to stack.

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Poetry Alive is another popular program held at different locations around the system. Here is a performance at St. Albans; what a great turnout!

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Crime fighting kids at Riverside show off their Captain Underpants apparel.

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"Snakes Alive" is our most successful program at all library locations. Kids love those reptiles!

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Henry, Head of Security, offers a lending hand during Snakes Alive.

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Snakes, snakes and more snakes at Riverside.

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Riverside staff members Pat and Heather prove they're not afraid of snakes while sporting the 2008 summer library club Splish, Splash Read t-shirts.

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One of our newest programs for toddlers- "Toddler Exploration" allows kids to explore new things and possibly get messy doing so! Here kids are learning how to use glue sticks and in the background kids are experimenting with shaving cream.

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Baseball and libraries; can it get any better?

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Another satisfied patron. We hope that all of our patrons leave as happy as this one!

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