Library Closure:

The library will be closed for observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. The library lobby is open for HOLD pick-ups only. New holds can now be placed on items. The drive-up book drop is available 24 hours and interior book drop is available Mon.-Fri 9 a.m-5 p.m. More library services will be available soon. Due dates on items checked out have been extended and expired library cards have been renewed to JULY 1. For City of Tempe COVID-19 updates check here. For more information on library services check here.

Youth (5-12)

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Things to See & Do:

Family Computers

Our family computers are available for kids, ages 0-18, in need of a space to work on homework, explore the internet, or play games. These computers provide Internet access and standard Microsoft Office software.

The Cave

The Cave is home to our special AWE Early Learning Computers. Loaded with fun and educational games, the AWE computer content is correlated to academic standards and ideal for a variety of learning styles. The AWE computers were created specifically for kids ages 2-8.

Learning Lab 

Home to the library Sprouts programs, this space is equipped with literacy kits for math, science, and reading. Reading kits include games and activities focused on phonics, word work, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Play Areas

The "Pueblo Playhouse", and the Puppet Theater corner are all great spaces that encourage imaginative playtime for children. 

Caitlin Benson Collection

The Caitlin Benson Collection of books encourages children to respect differences and appreciate similarities in themselves and others through reading.

Tempe Galleries

Tempe Galleries are satellite exhibitions coordinated by the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts. Adjacent from the Youth Computer Lab.


View exact dates and times by visiting our event calendar.

Code Club

In Code Club, kids (ages 8-16) learn different computer programming languages and how to make apps, computer games, and websites. Registration required.

Family LEGO Lab

Creative fun for children and their caregivers with Lego and Duplo blocks.

Family Sprouts

Kindergarten - 3rd grade kids, visit our Learning Lab to check out and engage with Literacy Kits packed with a variety of activities that focus on key reading skills.

Kids Cafe and Homework Help

Children ages 0-18 can enjoy a free, healthy meal, plus volunteers will be available in 10-minute sessions, for basic homework questions. Meals are provided by St Mary’s Food Bank.


Meet new friends and engage in cooperative play while attempting weekly challenges that promote engineering, math, and problem-solving skills. Registration required.

Math Sprouts: Open Lab

For students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Visit the Learning Lab to engage with math activities that focus on key math skills. 

Open Lab

Homeschoolers and their teachers can come use the Learning Lab to study, do research, and work on projects. The Learning Lab is also available by appointment for homeschooling families.

Page Turners

Program provides a one-on-one, consistent partnership that encourages trust and confidence while reading with an ASU honor student. Registration required.

Reading Sprouts

1st Graders who are struggling in reading receive targeted instruction aligned to state standards to help them gain key reading skills. Registration required.

Time to Talk: ELL/ESL for Kids

Kids 5-8 years of age, learning to speak English, can register to learn new vocabulary, learn about American Culture and make new friends, in an encouraging, friendly environment. Registration required.

Find Books

Reading with Lexile Numbers

eBooks for Kids

Library Book Recommendations

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