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 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 dynamic story time that is virtual via Zoom. Check our Story Time page for details. 

Education Collections

We know that you are working hard to provide the best learning experience for your child, Scout troop, youth group, or students, wherever that may be. Let us help you enhance learning with specially selected materials on topics that will ignite their passion for learning.  Do you need multiple copies of the same book? It is as easy as clicking here.

Requests can be placed through our online form, in-person or over the phone. Read about our guidelines, contact us for additional information at 740.349.5550 and youthservices@lickingcountylibrary.org.

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.

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: