Top Library Programs For Kids Near Denver

October 26, 2015 6:00 AM

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While more kids are spending on screens or with video games, sometimes nothing is more enjoyable than picking up a good book. Books can take kids on magical adventures or create a desire to learn more about a new subject. That’s where local libraries have more to offer than your app store.  From getting toddlers engaged in books to offering tutoring in special subjects, families in the Denver area have plenty of literary resources, all free.
After School Is Cool
4856 N. Andes Court
Denver, CO 80249
(720) 865-0310

Monday through Thursday, the Green Valley Ranch Library hosts kids of all ages for its After School is Cool program. Each day after school, kids are entertained and educated with a variety of activities, from cooking lessons to crafts to puzzles, and even a little magic. The After School is Cool program takes place at several branches in Denver, so check to see if you’re nearby one of the participating locations. Teach your children a little something about art and culture every day of the week, and keep them smilling while you do!

Tales For Twos
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-1111

Every Tuesday, Denver’s beautiful central library plays host to Tales for Twos, a reading program aimed at toddlers. Enjoy stories and songs designed to keep children (and their adults) entertained and informed. Even better, for those with some extra time on their hands, Tales for Twos is followed each day by a fun, new craft program which teaches children better motor skills while letting them expand their minds in a fun, creative setting.

Back-To-School For Kids
409 4th Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 651-8470

The Longmont Public Library renews its commitment to your children and their future with their Back-To-School for Kids program. Every Wednesday afternoon, children from grades K through 12 can get free, one-on-one tutoring on any topic. Because not even Google has mastered teaching, the Longmont Public Library provides passionate tutors who are dedicated to improving the quality of your child’s education. Teach your children that learning can be fun by equipping them with every tool that’s available.

PAWS Reading Program
10441 Co Road 73
Conifer, CO 80433
(303) 235-5275

What could possibly make the adventure of reading even more exciting? Why, tossing in a lovable pooch, of course. That’s where the PAWS Reading Program comes in. Children are invited to share their favorite book or discover a new story with a new furry friend at the Jefferson County Library. The PAWS program has been proven to help children improve reading and communication skills. Not like you’d need a reason to sign up for this one!

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Arapahoe Library Storytime
5955 S Holly St
Centennial, CO 80121
(303) 542-7279

The best way to get your kids off on the right academic foot is by reading to them. If you’re able to present reading to your children in a supportive, fun environment, then that’s even better. Enter the Arapahoe Public Library’s “Storytime” program, an event offered from Tuesday through Saturday that gives children of all ages a chance to experience the joy of the written word. Times vary based on how old your child is, so be sure to double check the web site above, and start teaching your child to love reading!

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A Denver native, Alli Andress has been a writer for over a decade. Over the course of her career, Andress has written about topics ranging from indie music, animals, health issues and the best of the Mile High City. Her work can be found on