Children's Programming

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Meet Mollie Hein, Children's Programmer at the Rochester Public Library

Library Hours

Summer Hours(May 1st - Oct 1st)Monday-Thursday9:30 am - 7:30 pmSaturday9:30 am -1:00 pm SundayCLOSED
Winter Hours(Oct 1 - April 30th)Monday-Thursday9:30 am - 7:30 pmSaturday9:30 am -3:00 pm Sunday1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


ABC Afternoon

This early literacy and kindergarten readiness program includes stories and activities relating to a different letter of the alphabet each week.

Ages 3-1/2 to 5

Mondays and Tuesdays, 1:15 - 2:15 PM (Class beings Promptly!)

ABC Afternoons is a program specifically for 3-1/2 to 5 year old pre-kindergartners. Our program will present stories, rhymes and activities relating to a different letter of the alphabet each week. Mollie Hein, our Children's Program Coordinator will help your child become familiar with letters and develop an early literacy foundation needed to love books and enjoy reading. Registration is required and the class size is limited.

*Call the library for more information*


1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

The verdict is in. Research has shown that the more children ages 0-5 hear books read to them, the more prepared they will be to learn to read upon entering kindergarten.

Our goals in offering this program are:

  • To ensure that your child will enter kindergarten ready to read
  • To instill a lifelong love of reading in your child
  • To establish a positive connection to the library for your family and child
  • To reinforce your parental role as your child’s first and best teacher

Getting started is EASY! Parents may come in to sign up and receive the child’s reading folder which will include a reading log. Parent/caregiver will fill out the log with each book that is read to the child. It is also okay to read his/her favorite book more than once and log it! After completing each 100 book milestone, return your folder to the library and receive an incentive and your next reading log. Upon finishing 1000 books read, your child will receive a special prize, be ever so much smarter and ready for school.