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Summer at Your Library for Kids starts June 12th!
We invite kids of all ages to read, create, celebrate and build a better world this summer – starting at the library!
Beginning June 12th, stop by the library for your summer reading materials.

Looking for events for ages 12 -18? See our teen events.

Kids events in Alsea, Monroe and Philomath

Corvallis Library Events for Kids

Be-Tween

Tweens in 4th-6th grade, come hang out on the second Friday of the month for games, movies, art projects, and snacks with other tweens. FREE! All materials provided. Bring a friend and hang with us. For more information, call 541-766-6794. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Children’s Music Concerts

Through partnerships with Corvallis~OSU Piano International, Majestic Chamber Music, the Friends of the Library, and other music programs in the community, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library offers periodic music performances and special events for children and families. Special Children’s Concert: Carnival of the Animals will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:00 am, as part of Corvallis-OSU Piano International’s Steinway Day: People and Pianos.

¡los CUENTOS! (bilingual English/Spanish storytime)

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¡los CUENTOS! English/Spanish Storytime takes place on the second Saturday of every month at 10am in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Come and enjoy a fun bilingual English/Spanish program! Children of all ages are welcome. Meets in the Youth Activity Room. Call 766-6794 for further information.

Venga y disfrute de la fiesta de su biblioteca! Un programa bilingüe cada més en la biblioteca. ¡Gratis! Escucha cuentos y cante canciones. La sala de reunión.

Día (Diversity In Action) Annual Celebratio

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Día has been observed annually on April 30th since 1997. It is a day created by librarians and educators as a celebration of childhood and bilingual literacy. It emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. The celebration is cross-cultural and intergenerational.

Family Movie Series

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Family movies are periodically shown at the library. Free admission. Bring your own snacks!

Family Music Program

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A family-participation music and movement program led by experienced music instructors of young children. Come prepared to move and join the fun! This program is offered every third Saturday of the month at 10am in the Youth Activity Room.

Lego Club

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Lego Club meets the first Monday of the month, from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Main Meeting Room. Come build with fellow Lego fans! Put your skills to the test with new building challenges each month. Legos provided. Feel free to bring your own, too. Grades K-5. Drop in. For more information, contact Youth Services 541-766-6794.

Makers Club

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Note: this event will not be held during the summer. The Makers Club meets in the Youth Activity Room of the Corvallis Library. Learn programming and explore electronics. Experiment with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Snap Circuits, littleBits, Cubelets, and more.  Arduino & Raspberry Pi are low cost, open-source, physical computing platforms that can be used to learn programming, detect sensor input, blink LEDs, and control motors. If you can imagine it, you can build it! SparkFun Kits will be provided; we’ll be programming with a laptop – feel free to bring your own if you’d like to! Have a project you’re working on? Feel free to bring it! All ages.

Minecraft Mondays

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Note: This program is not held during the summer. Meets the 3rd Monday of each month. Come play Minecraft on the Xbox or iPad with other Minecraft players. Grades 2-5.

READ Dogs

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The Reading Education Assistance Dog program (R.E.A.D.) provides beginning readers an opportunity to practice their reading skills in a non-threatening environment. The dogs and their handlers will work with individual children on a one-on-one basis for approximately 15-20 minutes during a session. There is no charge for this program. The R.E.A.D. Dogs program meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Brookes Reading Room.

Read with the Beavs

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Note: This event will resume in Fall 2017. Younger readers can practice reading with an athlete from Oregon State University. Readers are encouraged to bring their own book or use one from the library.

Saturday Stories

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A special family storytime for children of all ages and their caregivers. Come join the fun! Every 1st Saturday of the month at 10 am in the Brookes Reading Room.

Science Saturday/Mother Goose Asks Why?

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Science Saturday/Mother Goose Asks Why? programs are special science-themed storytimes followed by hands-on activities that encourage exploration of science, literature, and math. This program is designed for preschool-aged children and their families.

Storytime

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Storytimes are approximately one-half hour long and are filled with stories, songs and fingerplays designed for infants, wobblers, toddlers, or preschoolers and their caregivers. The goal of storytime is to promote the joy of shared reading, the benefits of early literacy, and the importance of the caregiver-child connection.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover & Celebration

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An annual celebration of the special stuffed animals in our lives! Special events include a stuffed animal-themed storytime, toy-themed movies, and a Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Children are invited to drop off one of their stuffed animals for a “stuffed animals only” overnight adventure at the library. A slideshow of their “stuffie’s” adventures will be shown the following morning.

Summer Reading Program

The annual Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, encourages children to read, create, and celebrate at the library during the summer months by offering materials, programs, and fun.

Tween Leadership Group

The Tween Leadership Group gives input to staff about library spaces, events, and materials for tweens. We meet on the 4th Friday of every month. Open to all 4th-6th graders.

Upcoming Events

Kids’ Summer Reading Begins June 12!

Begins Monday, June 12, 2017 Get your free book, book bag, reading log, and summer event schedule at the youth desk, starting June 12. Track your reading and listening over

Tween Leadership Group

Friday, June 23 4:00-5:00 pm Youth Activity Room Tween leadership group gives input to staff about library events, spaces, and materials for tweens. You’re invited to

Bookin’ It: Library 5K* Fun Run/Walk

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 10:00 am | Riverfront Commemorative Park - Avery Park Loop Register here today! Time & Place The Bookin' It Library 5K* Fun Run takes place on

Magic Mama Concert

Wednesday, June 28 | 1:30 p.m. | Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room An eco-edu-tainer performing organic rhymes and world rhythms using eclectic and non-traditional instruments. Fun for the whole family!

Saturday Stories

First Saturdays 10 a.m. Brookes Reading Room A special family storytime for children of all ages and their caregivers! Come join in the fun! Stories, songs, and

Book Event: Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Wednesday, July 5 | 1:30 p.m. | Main Meeting Room This summer we are reading “Book Scavenger” by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman and we want you to read it with us! Join us

OMSI: React-O-Blast!

Wednesday, July 12 | 1:30 p.m. | Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room Conduct experiments that vividly demonstrate reactions of matter, including some that have explosive results! Presented by Oregon Museum of Science

¡ Los Cuentos ! / Bilingual Spanish/English Storytime

2nd Saturdays of the month 10 a.m. Youth Activity Room ¡los CUENTOS! English/Spanish Storytime takes place on the second Saturday of every month in the Youth Activity Room

Preschool Science Saturday: Build a Better World

Saturday, July 15 | 10:00 a.m. |Youth Activity Room   Learn about recycling, make an upcycle piece of art, grow a plant, protect animal habitats and make a goal to

Be-Tween

Friday July 14, 2017 | 6:15-8:00 pm | Corvallis Library After Hours Nerf! Play nerf games in the library after the library is closed! * This event is for kids in 4th-6th

Beavs & the Bookmobile

Saturday, July 15 | 10 a.m. - Noon | Corvallis Farmers Market Join Oregon State University student athletes at the Corvallis Farmers Market for fun, games, and prizes! Dates: Saturday, July 15,

Build It: Tiny Homes for Tiny Friends

Wednesday, July 19 | 1:30 p.m. | Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room Build your own fairy house, nature house, or birdhouse! Supplies provided. For more information, contact Youth Services, 541-766-6794.

Rich Glauber Children’s Concert

Thursday, July 20 | 10:00 a.m. | Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room Fun music, movement, rhythm, and songs in both English & Spanish. Geared for ages 2-5.

Family Day at Benton County Museum

Saturday, July 22 | 10 a.m. | Benton County Museum Join us for a free Family Day at the Benton County Museum celebrating cultural diversity in conjunction with two museum exhibitions: "Around

Chintimini Raptors

Wednesday, July 26 | 1:30 p.m. | Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room Meet Oregon's amazing birds of prey and learn about their lives. Presentation by the Raptor Education Program at the Chintimini

Prepare for the Eclipse

Want more information about the eclipse? Check out our 2017 eclipse information page. It includes curated lists of books, videos, dvds, web resources and other information for all ages! Saturday, July 29

R.E.A.D. Dogs

1st & 3rd Thursdays | 3:30-4:30 pm | Brookes Reading Room Attention beginning and intermediate readers: come read with a dog! A warm fuzzy dog who likes to listen to you read is waiting for

Eclipse Expo

Want more information about the eclipse? Check out our 2017 eclipse information page. It includes curated lists of books, videos, dvds, web resources and other information for all ages! Wednesday, August 2

Pool Party

Saturday, August 5 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Osborn Aquatic Center Make a splash at Osborn Aquatic Center, Otter Beach (1940 NW Highland Dr, Corvallis, OR 97330). Open to all Summer

Kids Book Swap

Saturday, August 12 | 1:00 p.m. | Corvallis Library Main Meeting Room Bring your gently used children's fiction and nonfiction books to trade. For more information, contact Youth Services, 541-766-6794.

Bookin’ It: Library 5K* Fun Run/Walk

Saturday, June 24, 2017 | 10:00 am | Riverfront Commemorative Park - Avery Park Loop Register here today! Time & Place The Bookin' It Library 5K* Fun Run takes place on

Book Bike Stop at Wednesday Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday, June - September | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Corvallis Farmers' Market | The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Book Bike will make a weekly stop at the Wednesday Corvallis Farmers’

Solar Eclipse Information Sessions (Free tickets required)

Want more information about the eclipse? Check out our 2017 eclipse information page. It includes curated lists of books, videos, dvds, web resources and other information for all ages! Next

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Kids, build your own soft robot!

The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library has launched the third episode in a fun, educational video series called LIB LAB, encouraging kids to explore S.T.E.A.M. concepts and activities: www.cbcpl.net/liblab. Episode 3 explores soft robotics. Accompanying each video are

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July 2017 Graphic Novel Book Club

Tuesday, July 11 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Library Board Room Discussing Turning Japanese: A Graphic Memoir by MariNaomi Turning Japanese is an illustrated memoir that chronicles MariNaomi's experiences

NASA Explains the Eclipse

Thursday, Aug 17 | 6:30 PM | OSU LaSells Stewart Center | Dorian Janney from NASA will lead a program filled with educational activities and eclipse information. This session is geared towards

Be-Tween

Friday July 14, 2017 | 6:15-8:00 pm | Corvallis Library After Hours Nerf! Play nerf games in the library after the library is closed! * This event is for kids in 4th-6th

Library Takeover (for Adults!)

Friday, July 21st | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Main Meeting Room | The festivities begin after the library closes! Adults ages 18 and older are invited to play Nerf games, video

July Book Club Selection

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 7:00 p.m. Library Board Room Lab Girl by Hope Jahren Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together.

Teen Writers Group

Thursdays, April 13 & 27 | 4:30-5:30 PM | Conference Room A Save Save Teen Writers is led by Robin Cedar, OSU grad student and published author.

Fake News

Fake News is in the news these days This is an important topic in today's tense political climate. The term fake news is used often to describe various sources from a broad

Art*ing for Adults

Tuesday, March 7 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM | Philomath Community Library Join us at the Philomath Community Library for this exciting new program! Adults ages 16 & up are

CBCPL Values Statement

  The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system affirms that we will be an inspiring and vital part of the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds in our Benton County communities. As we experience

Circulation Policy Changes

Starting Tuesday, January 17th, you will notice some changes when checking out materials at any Corvallis-Benton County Library branch! Library materials will have a 3-week check-out period, with 3-week renewal periods. Juvenile (J) and

Now Available: STEAM Kits

STEAM Kits are designed to enhance and promote learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Each kit contains tools, toys, books, and activities related to one of the topics listed below.

Art Tours at the Library

By Request | Email askalibrarian@covallisoregon.gov | Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's 1st Floor Lobby Why does the library have so many gargoyle statutes? Is there really a time capsule? These questions and more are answered by

New Downloadable Magazines!

With the new year soon upon us, we have updated our downloadable magazine collection. Rolling Stone and US Weekly join a list of 36 other magazines we offer. If you own a phone, tablet, or computer

Playaway Launchpads

Playaway Launchpads are now in the library's collection! Launchpads are pre-loaded tablets designed for children that circulate for three weeks. The Library has Launchpads geared for either 3-5 year-olds or 5-7 year-olds. Each Launchpad is

Want to Get Lucky? Try our Lucky Day Collection

Is it Your Lucky Day? We’re placing extra copies of our most popular new books on these shelves for lucky patrons to check out.  These books won’t be used to fill holds;  they are

Speck Indoor Air Quality Monitors

The CBCPL is now offering Speck air quality monitors to the public for check out. Speck air quality monitors, which detect fine particulate air pollution in the home, will help people monitor the air quality indoors

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