Cooke County Library

Weekly Children’s Classes

Tuesdays – 10:30am to 11:30am
For children ages 0 – 5, these classes are held in the meeting room at the Cooke County Library. Each week there is a different theme. The length of the program is between forty to sixty minutes. Various elements of the program include music, stories, acting, and sometimes a craft. These classes teach social skills, listening comprehension and the foundations of reading through letters, numbers and vocabulary. An adult must accompany the child(ren).

If you are interested in participating in this year round event, please contact Children’s Storyhour coordinator, Kimberly Reiter at 940-668-5530. Find out who our special guest will be next week or remember the fun we have had in the past.

1000 Books Before Kindergar’d’en

“1000 Books Before Kindergar’d’en”  encourages families to read 1000 books with their child before they enter school. This program was started in September 2013.

Artwork Displays

During the school year, the Cooke County Library has local artwork from the different county schools. The displays are two weeks long. They help to brighten up the facility and promote the schools in Cooke County. This year marks the 12th year of this fun collaboration! We encourage the students, their families and other patrons, to come and look at the artwork. If you have any questions about this program you can speak to Kimberly Reiter at 668-5530.

 1, 2, 3 the Story is Coming to Me

FINAL LOGOIn January 2010, the Director started the “1,2,3, the Story is Coming to Me” community outreach initiative that introduces children to the concept and love of reading. The curriculum was developed for local childcare centers in Cooke County. Starting Fall of 2011, classes at some of the local school systems were added.

In May 2012, the Cooke County Library received its first of many grants to support this literacy initiative. This project has been funded in part by Target, NETLS, the Walmart Foundation and the John & Sandy Schmitz Family. Currently, this project is funded by the Cooke County Electric Charitable Foundation Operation Round Up.

The library continues to provide 2 children’s classes a year to 11 local childcare centers and 5 local school systems that have pre-school classes. Each child in these classes is given their own book to take home.

The goals are to expose children to reading and the resources available at the Cooke County Library.

Thank you to the Cooke County Electric Charitable Foundation: Operation Round Up!

Literary LEGOs®

“Literary LEGOs®” started the Summer of 2014 and was a huge success so we’re going to offer it again. This program is for children ages 6 – 12. The project consists of 3 sets of 3 week long programs held on Wednesdays from 10:30am – 11:30am during Summer Reading. Kids must sign up to be included in the classes.LITERARY-LEGOs-2.5

The Cooke County Library was awarded a Dollar General Summer Reading Grant  in 2014 to start this program.

Thank you to Edward Jones – Financial Advisor: Lee Russell, Friends of the Cooke County Library and Dollar General!

Building Tots: explore, imagine, create

“Building Tots” is a new class starting Summer 2015. This program is for children ages 2 – 5. The project consists of 3 sets of 3 week long programs held on Thursday building tots squarefrom 10:30am – 11am during Summer Reading.

Kids must sign up to be included in the classes. Adults must attend class with the child.

Thank you to Edward Jones – Financial Advisor: Lee Russell for your support of this program.

Reading Lists

If you are looking for something new to read, we have compiled a list of books recommended for kids and teens.

Summer Reading Program

The theme for our 2017 Summer Reading Programs is “Build a Better World.”

Children’s Events photos

Please note: We often take photos at library events to use in publicity materials, including our website, Facebook, and social media pages.

If you do not wish us to use a picture of you or your child, please tell a library staff member prior to the event.

  • Hours

    Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 am - 6 pm
    Tues, Thurs: 10 am - 7 pm
    Sat: 10 am - 4 pm
    Sun: Closed

  • Get in touch

    Phone: (940) 668-5530
    Fax: (940) 668-5533

  • Find us

    Cooke County Library
    200 S. Weaver St.
    Gainesville, TX 76240