Children's Resources

In-person storytimes will resume as local conditions and guidelines permit. 


Virtual Storytime Videos

Pre-recorded storytimes, including stories and songs, support early literacy for children ages 2-6 and their parents/caregivers. Videos are shared on the Haywood County Public Library Facebook page per publisher guidelines.

Puppet Storytime Videos

Virtual Storytime Rooms

Discover fun, literacy-related activities for children with read-aloud storytimes, craft, and a song as well as resources for parents and caregivers. Storytime room themes change monthly. 

Virtual Storytime Rooms - January

  • January 7 -  Storytime Room Hosted by Ms. Deanna
  • January 21 - Storytime Room Hosted by Ms. Lisa

Virtual Storytime Rooms - February

  • February 4 - Storytime Room Hosted by Ms. Deanna
  • February 18 - Storytime Room Hosted by Ms. Lisa and Ms. Erika

Virtual Storytime Rooms - March

  • March 4 - Storytime Room Hosted By Ms. Deanna
  • March 18 - Storytime Room Hosted by Ms. Lisa and Ms. Erika

Virtual Storytime Rooms - April

  • April 1 - Storytime Room Hosted By Ms. Deanna
  • April 15 - Storytime Room Hosted by Ms. Lisa and Ms. Erika 

Virtual Storytime Rooms - May

  • May 8 - Storytime Room Hosted by Ms. Hollie
  • May 20 - Storytime Room Hosted by Ms. Lisa and Ms. Erika

Just for Kids Access Video

Just for Kids Access Video provides children and parents a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform to freely explore and enjoy. Just for Kids has the educational videos children want to watch - Sesame Street, The Electric Company, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, and thousands more - plus songs, games, and other interactives that are sure to entertain, educate, and inspire.

NC Kids Digital Library

The North Carolina Kids Digital Library offers eBooks, audiobooks, streaming videos, and Read-Alongs. This collection was designed for youth ages pre-K through 4th grade and includes picture books, youth fiction, youth non-fiction, and more. Browsing may be done by subject, format, or genre, and the advanced search feature allows filtering by availability, language, date added, and much more. Titles are accessed via OverDrive and may be accessed from your desktop using OverDrive Read or Listen. Mobile and tablet users may download the OverDrive app for iOS and Android.

Prenda Code Club

Learning to code has never been more fun! Prenda Code Club is a self-guided online software program that teaches you how to code through hundreds of coding tutorials and dozens of real-world projects. Prenda offers a gamified learning experience ― as you progress through the activities, you’ll earn clothes and accessories for your personal avatar. 

Programming languages available: • HTML • CSS • Javascript • Python • Scratch • SQL.


1000BBK

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a simple and very manageable way to help your child get ahead before their schooling begins. This is important because numerous studies estimate as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read and reading proficiency is an early indicator of later academic success. Since public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the early critical developmental periods. When you sign up for this fantastic program, you will receive a bag with all the information you need to get started on your child's reading journey, including early literacy tips, easy activities you can do at home, reading recommendations, and some goodies! At each 100 book milestone, your child will be able to add a fish to our murals at the Waynesville and Canton branches so they can show off how much they've accomplished. Upon completion of the program, your child will receive a free book and other great prizes, as well as be able to choose a title from the collection in dedication to them. Visit any library branch to sign up or fill out this form! Contact one of our Youth Services Librarians for more information or to register your child.

Waynesville Branch: Lisa Hartzell, MLIS. Phone: 828.356.2511. Email: lisa.hartzell@haywoodcountync.gov.

Canton Branch: Hollie Locke, MLIS. Phone: 828.356.2567. Email: hollie.locke@haywoodcountync.gov.

Click on the links below to download a digital copy of all registration materials:

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Homeschool Resources

  • Canton Homeschool STEAM Club: Want to learn how to code and build your own robot? Interested in conducting science experiments and creating amazing structures using everyday objects? If you answered yes to any of these, then the Homeschool STEAM Club might just be for you! Each month we will meet to do some hands-on learning using the principles of STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. This group is open to all homeschool students 10+ years and will meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Canton branch. For more information, contact Hollie Locke at hollie.locke@haywoodcountync.gov or 828.356.2567.
  • Homeschool 101 Information Session: Each September, homeschool parents — new and experienced — are welcome to attend the Homeschool 101 Information Session. This is a great opportunity to learn about library resources and have questions answered by a representative of the North Carolina Department of Non-Public Education. Meet and mingle with other local homeschool parents and their children. Concurrently, Zaniac will present a fun, interactive STEAM experiment for the kids! For more information or to register for this program, contact Jennifer Stuart at jennifer.stuart@haywoodcountync.gov or 828.356.2561.
  • Practical Homeschool Magazine: The Canton branch carries the magazine Practical Homeschooling. For the past 25 years, this magazine has been reviewing and comparing homeschool methods and products.
  • Free Range Homeschool Co-Op: Free Range Homeschool Co-Op meets every Tuesday morning at the Waynesville branch. Free Range Homeschool Co-Op is a secular homeschool cooperative for preschool through early elementary grade children in Haywood County. We are a team of families who collaborate to create weekly enrichment opportunities for our children. Our focus is on community building, experiential and play-based learning, service projects, and outdoor exploration. For more information, contact Meaghann and Paul Denkenberger at hfrcoop@gmail.com

Bright by Text

The Haywood County Public Library is proud to be partnering with Bright By Text as part of our partnership with Family Place Libraries. 

Bright by Text provides free tips, information, and resources to help all parents and caregivers give every child a bright beginning. 

At Bright by Text our goal is to make the most of everyday interactions between parent and child. Our text messaging service delivers actionable information from trusted early childhood experts to parents and caregivers of young children — from prenatal to age eight — to support healthy child development and build strong, resilient families.

The Bright by Text service:

  • Available in English and Spanish
  • Developmental tips based on the due date or age of a child
  • Curated content from partners such as PBS, Vroom, and Sesame Street in Communities
  • Timely information about local resources and events from community organizations
  • Extended learning materials, short modeling videos, and related resources

This service is free (data and messaging rates may apply). Just text FamilyPlace to 274448 to begin. You may stop at any time. If you have questions, please contact deanna.lyles@haywoodcountync.gov or call 828.356.2563.