CHILDREN’S SERVICES

How can I find books on my child’s reading level?

Talk to one of the children’s librarians. They will be able to help you find books that not only fit your child’s reading level, but also match your child’s interests, likes, and preferences.


Does the library provide tours for groups like Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts?

Yes, we do. Contact the children’s librarian at the Mesquite Main Library (972-216-6226) or at the Mesquite North Branch Library (972-681-0465) to arrange the schedule.


What kind of activities does the library have for children?

The Mesquite Public Library System offers many different activities for children, including storytimes, game times, craft times, and others. Some activities are open to all children, while others are designed for a specific age range. Our biggest activity of the year is the Summer Reading Club. Please see the Calendar of Events for specific dates, times and locations.


What is storytime?

Storytime is a program of stories, songs, fingerplays and interaction with other children. We currently offer four different storytime programs: Lapsit Storytime for babies aged 6 months to 1 year old; Young and the Restless Storytime for children aged 1 to 2 years old; Toddler Storytime for children aged 18 months to 3 years old; and Preschool Storytime for children aged 3 to 5 years old. Please see the Calendar of Events section of this website for specific dates, times and locations.


What is the Summer Reading Club?

Our Summer Reading Club is 8 weeks of fun! It starts shortly after the public schools get out for the summer and lasts throughout June and July. The Summer Reading Club is aimed at preschoolers through 6th graders and is designed to encourage them to read for pleasure. Children keep track of their reading and earn certificates and prizes for reaching reading goals.


How do I find out when the activities are taking place?

All activities are listed in the Calendar of Events section of this website for dates, times and locations. There are also calendars and flyers available at each location.


What services does the library provide for schools?

We can go to the school to do a storytime or other program, or a class can take a field trip to the library for a tour and storytime. For teachers, we have an Assignment Alert form that will help us ensure that resources needed for specific assignments are available for students. For more information on services to schools, please contact the children’s librarian at the Mesquite Main Library (972-216-6226) or at the Mesquite North Branch Library (972-681-0465).


What services does the library provide for daycare centers?

We can schedule a storytime series, either in the library or at your daycare center, as our schedule allows. Please contact the children’s librarian at the Mesquite Main Library (972-216-6226) or at the Mesquite North Branch Library (972-681-0465) to schedule programs.


What services does the library provide for homeschoolers?

The Mesquite Public Library has a number of resources, both in print and online, which are available to homeschooled students. In addition, we have books and magazines to assist parents in planning and designing their curricula. For more information, please contact the children’s librarian at the Mesquite Main Library (972-216-6226) or at the Mesquite North Branch Library (972-681-0465).


Does the library have any online search resources for children?

The library provides several online resources that can be accessed from your home computer. The one most useful for children is the TexShare Library of Texas which includes Searchasaurus, EBSCO Kids Search, and EBSCO Student Research Center. You will need a log in and password to access the TexShare Library of Texas; you can get these from any reference librarian.


My child wants to check out the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, and it is never on the shelf. How can we get the
book to check out?

You can place a hold on the book either in person at the information desk, over the telephone, or through the Library’s online catalog. You will need to have your library card number to place a hold, and if you place a hold online you will also need your PIN.


How do I get my child a library card?

If your child is under 14 years old, you can apply for a card in his name at the checkout desk. You will need to show a valid photo ID and proof of current address.

If your child is between 14 and 17 years old, he can apply for a card on his own; he will need to show a photo ID (such as a school ID or recreation center ID card) and something with his name and current address, such as a recent report card. If you want him to be able to use the library’s public Internet computers, you will need to sign the permission line on his library card application.


How many books can my child check out on his card?

When you first apply for your child’s card, he will be limited to two items. After that, there is no limit on the number of books that can be checked out on his card.


Can my child check out movies on his card?

No, DVDs and Video Cassettes need to be checked out by an adult 18 or over on an adult card.


Can my child get on the library’s Internet computers?

If your child is under 14 years of age, he may log into one of the library’s public Internet computers with your permission using your library card number and PIN. This is the only situation where it is allowed for someone to use another person’s library card number and PIN. You, as parent or legal guardian, are responsible for supervising your child’s online activity.

If your child is between 14 and 17 years old, he may log into one the library’s public Internet computers using his own numbers only if you have signed his library card application giving him permission.