For Children

Children are important! The Upham Memorial Library believes that children need and deserve information to further expand their learning levels in education, recreation and intellectual pursuits.

There are many programs offered to serve children of all ages.

Weekly during the school year:

Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays from 11-11:45am for 3 & 4 year olds.  If school is cancelled or there is a two hour delay there will be no story time.  Children attending story time must have a library card and bring a backpack for their projects and books!

Watch for Family Fun Nights and special events throughout the year.  The library's biggest events for kids of all ages are the Halloween and Christmas parties.  The events are advertised on Facebook, the local newspapers and signage around Fredericksburg.

Baby & Toddler Story Time: This fun program is for 0-3 year olds and their caretakers and older siblings.  The 45 minute program involves story time, finger plays, songs, play time with toys and an activity. 

TAB: The teen advisory board is available for 6th-12th grade students.  There are monthly, hour long meetings to talk about program planning, volunteering, activities and planning fun teen events.  There are several TAB parties throughout the year with lock ins, field trips for fun activities, and other great opportunities to hang out with friends.  Join TAB today!  

Summer Reading Program: The reading contest runs through most of the summer with awesome prizes, an ice cream social for everyone and a pizza party for the contest winners.  Each year there is a different theme and activities.  K-5th grade students are specifically targeted for the weekly, Wednesday morning events BUT there are several held throughout the summer for preschoolers, teens and adults.  

Children in the library can:

  • read books                                          
  • play games
  • work on computers                              
  • play with toys
  • talk with their friends
  • do homework                                       
  • volunteer
  • have fun 
  • learn
  • check out books, magazines or movies
  • listen to audio books
  • order books from other libraries (ILL - inter-library loans)
  • play the Wii
  • use the art cart for all kinds of fun activities