Pope County Library System
FAX 479-968-3222
116 East 3rd Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday Closed

About Our Kids

Welcome to the Pope County Library Children's Department!

Click here for a link to eBooks for kids.

We are a hive of activity.  Even when we are not involved in a program, you will find children at Ms. Melanie’s desk exploring seashells with magnifying glasses, testing the spines of a real pufferfish specimen, or watching tadpoles develop into frogs.  During programs we read, we build, we create, we discover, we experiment.  Our environment is interactive and fun, but it is not a traditional quiet zone (though we do appreciate inside voices!)

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our programming is mostly virtual. Look below for details about our current offerings.

STORY TIME - Story times are currently virtual. We will post recordings to Facebook and YouTube on the following schedule:

Bilingual Story Time - Thursdays at 1:00pm

Music With Mr. Travis - Fridays at 11:00am

Dover VirtualStory Time - Mondays at 10:00am (Facebook only)

Storytimes are posted weekly. Don’t forget to check out our CALENDAR for upcoming storytimes and events.

Virtual Story Boards - Check our social media and branch webpages for interactive virtual story boards created by our librarians.

Atkins Virtual Story Board - Tuesdays at 1:00pm

Russellville Virtual Story Board - Wednesdays at 1:00pm

Craft Kits - Craft kits are available for pickup at Atkins, Dover, and Russellville branches of the Pope County Library System. Russellville also provides Tween Craft Kits for ages 8-12. Kits are available while supplies last and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reading Lists for Early Literacy: 

Phonemic awareness is the understanding that words are made of discrete sounds. If children cannot distinguish individual sounds,or phonemes, within words, they have difficulty learning to read and write. 

Concept books are a special group of picture books that are, "designed to explain an idea, object, or activity" (Lynch-Brown, 1999).

The library has concept books about subjects like:

  • counting
  • shapes
  • time
  • the alphabet 
  • color

Participation books are another type of story book. Young children delight in being able to repeat the book's suggestions, such as clapping their hands, touching their toes, or covering their eyes.

Cumulative tales, sometimes also called a chain tale, action or dialogue repeats and builds up in some way as the tale progresses, for example The House That Jack Built.