The Benicia Public Library, which is coming up on its 24th anniversary in its beautiful location on East L Street, is a warm and welcoming environment for all members of the community, but especially for kids and families. There are four book clubs for kids ranging from second grade to high school, and story times for the younger ones (beginning in infancy). After School Zone hours during the week are perfect for kids looking for somewhere cozy to study and be with other kids on these cold winter days, and weekend and evening events are open to the whole family.

There are myriad ways to encourage children’s connections to reading and literature, as well as fun community involvement that is not directly centered around reading. The library keeps an ongoing calendar of events online (that also comes in a printer-friendly version for your fridge).

After School Zone
Looking for somewhere to go after school? Try the After-School Zone! Drop in to study, eat, talk with friends, and play games. It's free. ASZ is open everyday that the Benicia Public Schools are open.

Family Story Time – Saturdays, kids of all ages
Toddler Story Time – Wednesdays, kids 2-3 years
Preschool Story Time – Tuesdays, kids 4-5 years
Hear great books and have a good time at the Library with your child. Each week a children's librarian shares stories, songs, finger-plays and more. Drop in and join the fun!

Kids' Book Club
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – 3:30pm
The Kids’ Book Club is for kids in 4th and 5th grades only. This month they will be discussing Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle.

Board Game Evenings
Friday, February 10, 2017 – 6:00pm
Board games are lots of fun. Come play—the library will provide the games and snacks. For all ages.

Family Yoga
Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 3:30pm
Join Benicia Library for fun yoga poses, stretches and movement activities. For kids ages four and up and their caregivers.

Middle School Book Club
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – 6:00pm
This is a great way for middle schoolers to get together and talk about the books they want to read.

T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline
Sunday, February 26, 2017 – 5:00pm
Want to win $100? Come up with the best design for this year's teen volunteer t-shirt. You do not have to be a teen volunteer to enter this contest. Entry forms and complete details are available at the Library. The winner will be announced at the beginning of March.

Junior Kids' Book Club
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – 3:30pm
The Junior Kids’ Book Club is for kids in 2nd and 3rd grades only. This month they will be discussing John Henry by Julius Lester.

Jerry Bowles

Benicia Public Library stacks and computer workstations