Kids & Parents

A wide range of services and programs for young people of all ages.

Children’s Book Festival

Meet your favorite author or illustrator, have a book autographed, or just have the opportunity to talk to them about their inspirations at our annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival in September.


Constitution Day Poster Contest

Celebrate Constitution Day (September 17th) by designing a unique poster that shows the features of the U.S. Constitution. Selected posters will be displayed throughout the fall. Download an entry form and submit your design by October 13.


Nature Explorer Backpacks

Ideal for inspiring families with children to explore the great outdoors, each backpack includes information about Princeton open spaces, compass, binoculars, magnifying glass, New Jersey pocket field guides, nature log, recommended books, and more. Available for check out at the Youth Services information desk. Funded by the Princeton Environmental Film Festival.


Library Stuffed Animals

Our library stuffed animals encourage children to read, write, and engage in creative play. Take home our lion, narwhal, or lion for a short stay and share with us your adventures.


Story Times

Build early literacy skills with stories, songs, and rhymes. The library offers story times on weekdays and weekends, in 7 languages.


1000 Books

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy program offered by the library to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers. The goal is to read 1000 books with your child before the child reaches kindergarten age. Incentives for parents and children will be provided along the way!


Book Lists

Explore a variety of topics, genres, and readalikes through book lists curated by Youth Services staff.


Personalized Suggestions

Going on a trip? Working on a project? Just don’t know what to read next? The library is your destination — we’ll help you find some materials to fit your need! Let us know what you like, and we’ll create a bundle of materials and have them waiting for you at the Youth Services Desk.


Top 5 Under 5

Check out this rotating list of PPL Youth Services recommended things of interest for children ages five years old and younger and their families. Includes (but not limited to): books, apps, music, library and local events, and resources.


Children’s eLibrary

Browse our collection of ebooks, audiobooks, films, and more.