Welcome to the Licking County Library.

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 get 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 in your phone's store. 

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 youthservices@lickingcountylibrary.org or place an online order.

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 info@lickingcountylibrary.org


  • Nov

    Toddler Art

    10:00 AM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

    Get ready for messy, creative fun in this art class designed for toddlers. Introduce your toddler to new media—washable paints, watercolors, glue, glitter, markers and pencils. Encourage exploration...

  • Nov

    Saturday Tales

    11:00 AM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

    Join us for stories and songs in this fun, family story time every Saturday!

  • Nov

    Family Story Time - Hervey Memorial Branch (Utica)

    10:30 AM @ Utica (Hervey Memorial)

    Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family.

  • Nov

    Baby & Toddler Sign Language

    11:00 AM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

    Babies and toddlers who learn basic signs before they can talk have fewer tantrums and tend to learn spoken language earlier. In this fun and interactive class, we'll sing songs and learn some America...

  • Nov

    Fun Family Movie

    2:00 PM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    It's Thanksgiving break! Get cozy at the library with popcorn, chocolate and a fun family movie!