Children’s Services

The library has regularly scheduled programs for children, please contact a library branch for specific details, or refer to our calendar of events located on the bottom right corner of our library’s website.


Babies & Books

This is a special storytime for babies, birth-17 months old, and a loving adult. Join us as we sing, bounce, and read our way to fun for you and your baby! Spending this special one-on-one time with your baby will not only strengthen your bond with each other, but will also stimulate and enhance your baby’s language development and other senses. Basic baby sign language will also be introduced.

*Registration is required and limited to 10 families.
*Since this is a program for just you and your baby, please make other arrangements for siblings if at all possible.
*Please bring a blanket for baby on the floor, especially those that are not yet walking.

Please call Zauel Library at 799-2771 to register.

Mother Goose

Mother Goose Time is a series of four programs for toddlers, 18-24 months old who must be accompanied by a loving adult. The programs feature stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays and other activities. Call Zauel (989) 799-2771  or click here for more information.

Preschool Storytime

Butman-Fish, Hoyt and Zauel Libraries have regularly scheduled preschool story times for children ages 3 to 5.  Click here for schedule.

(TLC) Teaching Learning Connecting Playgroup

A three-week series for children ages 1 ½ -3 that emphasizes learning through play and a supportive environment for parents to interact with one another. Child development resource professionals are available during the series to answer questions.

Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program is held June – July to encourage children and teens to keep reading over the summer. The program offers incentive prizes for children preschool through 12 to read ten hours, and teens ages 13- 18 to read twenty hours. In connection with the Summer Reading Program all five branches offer free activities for children.

Workshops and Special Activities

How to Survive Science Fair

Students in grades 4th-8th and their parents are invited to participate in a workshop that reviews the requirements and provides helpful tips to help them survive the science fair preparation process.  A science show and fun door prizes are also available.

Childcare Provider’s Workshop

The best of new books as well as ideas, activities and resources that will enhance story hours and after school programs are shared during this workshop.  Participants who complete the three hour workshop receive a certificate which can be used towards their licensing requirements.


Periodically, the library will offer a program featuring a special personality from the community.  This will give tweens, teens and their families an opportunity to connect diverse careers to reading and possibly learn about a unique place to visit in our community.

Prime Time Family Reading Time

Selected students in grades 6-10 and their families are invited to participate in this once a year literacy based program.  It models and encourages family reading and discussion of humanities topics, and aids parents and children in selecting books and becoming active public library users.

Especially for Teachers and Their Students

Interested parties need to contact the children’s department at individual branches to schedule any of the activities listed below.

Class Visits

Teachers and their students are invited to visit the library.  A tour or special program can be schedule for you twice during the school year.  In order for staff to accommodate you, visits must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Library to School Visits

The Children’s Services Coordinator or other library staff will provide programs to schools in the library’s service area.

Classroom Collections

Library staff is happy to select a general collection or materials on a special topic for teachers to check out. Please give several days’ notice, so we can obtain materials from other libraries, if needed. Teachers are able to check out up to 75 items on their library cards.

First Grade Reading Celebrations

All first grade classes in the library’s service area will be invited to a special program to celebrate their students learning to read.

Off To a Good Start

A literacy promotion program designed to help students get off to a good start for the new school year and to ensure that all kindergarteners have library cards.

Teacher Library Card

Teachers are eligible for a special library card that allows them to check out materials.

Children’s and Teen Services Coordinator

The Public Libraries of Saginaw coordinates activities and events with other area organizations which serve children and their parents.  If you have questions about services to children, tweens and teens, please contact:

Rhonda Farrell-Butler at (989) 755-0904, ext. 814