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 10th 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.

Community Outreach Programs

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 the Gainesville area. 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 and the Walmart Foundation. Currently, this project is funded by the John & Sandy Schmitz Family.

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 John & Sandy Schmitz Family for your support in this project!

Literary LEGOs®

Literary LEGOs® is our newest project for children. The Cooke County Library was awarded a Dollar General Summer Reading Grant to begin this program for children ages 6-12. The project is currently a 6 week long program held on Wednesdays during Summer Reading.

Thank you Dollar General and Friends of the Cooke County Library!

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

Stay tune to learn more about our 2015 Summer Reading Programs.









  • 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