Your Teaching and Learning Partner

Engaging a child's desire to learn can be a challenge—that's why Licking County Library offers a variety of resources to foster a child's love of literacy. From access to eResources like TumbleBooks to our specially curated classroom collections, LCL has the tools to encourage children to become life-long learners. 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

One of the most powerful ways to boost a child’s brain power is by reading!

That’s why LCL supports the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. It is a fun, exciting and free way to start your child on the right path. Stop by any LCL location to register and start tracking what your child reads. For every 100 books logged, your child gets a small prize or book. 

Did your librarian read three books to the kids during story time? They count! So do Tumblebooks, audiobooks from Libby and Hoopla’s new Read-Along Reader.

Before you know it, you’ll have reached 1,000 books, received multiple prizes and have a child ready to read! For easier tracking, there is an app for your device by 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and can be accessed in your phone's store. 

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Enroll your child in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and we’ll send them a FREE BOOK every month until their fifth birthday. The time you spend reading with your child opens their mind to faraway places, exciting adventure and sets them on the pathway to an interest in lifelong learning. Read to your child—it’s a wise investment in their future and the future of our community. If your child lives in Licking County, register for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library here or at any library location in Licking County. For details on the program, click here.

Story Time

LCL has a variety of story time sessions for all ages. Check our Story Time page for details. 

Classroom Collections

LCL is happy to help teachers connect with students by putting together collections that complement and enhance lesson plans. Do you need multiple copies of the same book? It is as easy as clicking here. Read about our guidelines, contact us for additional information at 740.349.5550 and

Homeschool Program

Give your family the opportunity to meet and learn with other homeschool families. It's also a great way for your children to socialize with their peers and lets you network with other homeschool families.

Find details on our homeschool programming at our Downtown Newark and Utica (details will be added once developed) locations.


We love informative and sometimes wacky programming for children of all ages! Visit any branch for fun story times during the school year, then stop back during summer to participate in our Summer Library Program.

Kids can check out our fun and informative STEM school age program and homeschool series.

Teens can join our Teen Library Council and have a say in the library, or check out some of our crafting and gaming programs.

Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, watch our event calendar and sign up for our e-newsletter to be alerted to other fun programs!

Learning Tools

Our research tools provide a range of offerings and are available to access anytime or anywhere with your Licking County Library card.

Find something new to read, learn a new language and explore a world of information! Use the Learning Tools area for a full listing of available research tools.

Early Literacy Skills

Parents and teachers play an important part in encouraging a child’s love of reading. Developing literacy skills starts at birth through reading stories, singing songs and playing together.

Early literacy means laying a strong foundation so your child is ready to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten. Have FUN with your child and learn important skills without even realizing it!

    The six early literacy skills are:

Unique Lending Items Just for Children

The library offers many kid-friendly unique lending items in various formats.

We’re always coming up with new and fun ideas for our Youth collection, so check back often.

  • Playaways – Small, easy to use and self-contained audiobooks on their own MP3 player.

  • Playaway Views – The all-in-one video player makes digital movies, shows and award-winning educational programming accessible without the need for DVDs or downloads.

  • Playaway Launchpads – The Launchpad Tablets have preloaded apps and games that provide learning opportunities for aged specific and tailored topics. 

  • Sprout Backpacks – Our baby and toddler backpack kits contain a collection of items (books, games and tactile objects) on a specific topic. 

  • Board Games – We have a wide variety of options ranging from traditional card games, classic board games and new family favorites. For a current list of games, please contact