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February 13, 2016


Children : Begin with Books

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Library Closed Monday, Feb. 15

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15.


Possible service interruption in online Library services Feb. 13 - 14

The Library will be performing maintenance on our network. While we are not expecting service interruptions during this period, there might be brief interruptions in online services. You will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but may not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) may experience outages as well. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also may be affected.

Begin with Books

Begin with BooksReading to young children gives them an early love of books and encourages them to become lifelong readers. You can start your child's reading adventure with the "Begin with Books" Toddler and Preschool theme kits described below. Use the Library's online catalog to order these kits. By placing a hold, kits will be delivered to the branch of The Seattle Public Library of your choice.



Preschool Theme Kits

mother and child readingThese kits are designed for families and caregivers working with children 3 to 6 years old. Each kit contains five picture books, a music cd, a resource book and an activity card. They are available in basic themes such as Alphabet, Counting and Mother Goose as well as Five Senses, Dinosaurs, Dragons and Castles, Sharing, Self Esteem and other age appropriate themes.


View all Begin with Books Preschool Kits. (Opens a new window)



Toddler Theme Kits

Young child These kits are designed for families and caregivers to use one-on-one with a child ages birth to 3 years old. Each kit contains five board books, a music cd, a resource book and an activity card. They are available in a variety of age appropriate themes including Dinosaurs, Out of Diapers and Sleepy Time.


View all Begin with Books Toddler Kits. (Opens a new window)




If you would like more information about the Begin with Books program, please contact The Seattle Public Library Children's Department at 206-386-4675.

Children's resources are at all Library locations