Welcome to the Licking County Library.

Locations and Times

Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.

Every fourth week (and fifth if applicable) will be a special program—Programmer’s Choice. Our goal is to make sure you have somewhere to go every week at the same time—we know routines are important to the younger ones in our lives!

Family Story Time
Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the entire family every week at your local library. *The holiday season may alter some sessions. Please see our online calendar for details.

Utica (Hervey Memorial) | Every Monday | 10:30am

West Newark (Emerson R. Miller) | Every Tuesday | 10:30am

Hebron | Every Wednesday | 10:30am

Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock) | Every Thursday | 10:30am
*Programmer’s Choice: Oct. 31 session, dress in costume for a trick or treat parade.

Buckeye Lake | Every Friday | 10:30am

Tots & Twos Story Time
Downtown Newark | Every Tuesday | 10:30am
Get your wiggles out at this musically active program for ages birth to two. *Programmer’s Choice: Oct. 1 & 29, sessions are at Branstool Orchards—5895 Johnstown-Utica Road NE, Utica. November 26 is STEAM Team. Please register online for this special session.

Preschool Craft Time
Utica (Hervey Memorial) | Every Wednesday | 10:30am
Join us for crafts, friendship and fun!

Preschool Story Time
Downtown Newark | Every Thursday | 10:30am *no program on November 28
Join us for fun books, songs, fingerplays and movement activities. This story time is designed for ages 3-5 and their caregivers. *Programmer’s Choice: October 3 is Pre-K art play and October 31 is Where the Wild Things Are face painting workshop. Please register for these special sessions. 

Saturday Tales
Downtown Newark | Every Saturday | 11am (No session on December 7 due to WinterFest)
Join us for stories and songs in this fun for all-ages story time! *Programmer’s Choice: December 14 is Story Stew with The Caravan and December 21 is Nutcracker the Musical with Hullabaloo Performing Arts.

Sensory Story Time
Downtown Newark | November 18 and December 16 | 10:30am
Enjoy stories, songs and sensory play for the entire family. This program is designed for children who need a gentler, sensory sensitive story time experience.

Story Time at River Road Coffeehouse
November 15 and December 20 | 10:30am
Join the Library at River Road Coffeehouse located on the Newark square—26 North Park Place.

Kindergarten Kick-Start
Downtown Newark | November 22| 11am | Early Learners
Are you feeling nervous about Kindergarten? Come to Kindergarten Kick-Start, where we’ll equip your child with the skills they need to get a strong start. We’ll go beyond basic academics, encouraging kids to enjoy their school experience by appealing to their imagination and sparking their natural curiosity. Click here to register: https://bit.ly/2WewTvK

Noon Year’s Eve
West Newark | December 31 | 11:30am | Early Learners
This program is made for families with kids who might be curious about New Year’s Eve fun, but are still too little to stay up till midnight. Celebrate together with stories, songs and a countdown to midnight/noon!

  • Nov

    Family Story Time - Mary E. Babcock Branch (Johnstown)

    10:30 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock) - Story Time Area

    Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.

  • Nov

    Preschool Story Time

    10:30 AM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

    Read engaging books, sing songs, and participate in early literacy activities designed especially for your preschooler.

  • Nov

    Crafternoon for Kids: Fingerprint Tree

    4:00 PM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    Create a cute holiday paper/cardboard character to bring holiday cheer to your space.

  • Nov

    Basics: Google Docs

    4:30 PM @ Downtown Newark - Meeting Room B

    Learn the basics of Google Docs, such as creating a new document, document setup, how to copy and paste, changing fonts/color/size, aligning text, adding bullets, adjusting the margins, saving and pri...

  • Nov

    Babcock Book Club

    6:30 PM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    November: Where Hope Begins by Catherine WestDecember: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty