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Story Times

  • EVERY Wednesday at 10 a.m.  Stories, crafts and special guests designed for preschool age children. Meets year-round, except during a brief hiatus for the month of August 
  • EVERY Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Stories, crafts and special guests designed for kindergarten to 5th-grade students. Meets year-round.
  • EVERY Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  Baby songs, stories, giggles and rhymes for children 2 years and under with their caregivers. Meets year-round.
  • EVERY Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Join Liza for our new story hour! Stories designed for preschool age children.

Book Clubs

  • J Club (ages 7-12) meets every third Thursday evening at 6:00 PM in the meeting room. Stop by the children’s desk and see what we’re reading next! Meets September through May.

Homework Assistance

The AfterSchool Edge™, designed for elementary school children ages 6-12, is the perfect companion to the Early Literacy Station™ at your library. With 70+ top-rated educational multi-curricular titles designed for an older age group, it is ideal for enrichment, intervention, homework help and skill reinforcement.

Both the AfterSchool Edge and the Early Literacy Station is available to parents and tutors in the Children's Room.



Summer Reading Program

Every summer the Clayton Library puts on elaborate programs for families, kids, teens and adults! The 2016 program ran through July 30.  We exercised our minds and bodies with this year's Wellness, Fitness & Sports theme.  Click here to see all the wonderful free events that made 2016 a huge success. Thank you to all of our sponsors and great community partners! 

Join us for our 2017 Summer Reading Program which kicks off Thursday, June 15, at 6 p.m. and runs through Saturday, July 29. This Collaborative Summer Library Program is a statewide coordinated program that encourages all ages to continue to improve their reading skills during the months when school is not in session.The full scheduled will be available in early May. 2017 Slogan: Build a Better World!

For more information on any of the above event please contact us at 919-553-5542.

Below you will find some external resources and links that we hope will be helpful.


Search Engines
A directory of kids' sites recommended by the American Library Association.

Type in your question and "Ask Kids" takes you to a website that answers your question.

Tons of helpful and entertaining web resources.

Over 600 websites chosen by librarians.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Find educational guides that can serve as a useful reference or as “homework help” for any students out there.

A growing collection of full text reference works including dictionaries, encyclopedias, gazetteers, and style manuals in addition to works of poetry, folk and fairy tales, essays, and classic fiction.

Search for information about the history, daily life, and customs of world cultures. Each report includes cultural and geographical information, history, maps, flags, fun facts, and audio files. A library card is needed to use this resource from home. has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations.

Definitions of thousands of words and games and links for word lovers.

Access articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia.

Online dictionary containing over 260,000 entries, the main source being American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.

Look up words in the student dictionary, build your own dictionary, read about the daily buzzword, and play games.

Provides an easy-to-use search engine for words and the results are quite detailed. Also offers 400 different language dictionaries.

Online Safety
Tips for kids and parents on internet safety as well as an interactive educational game, Carnegie Cadets!

Document from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that outlines how parents can ensure their children have a safe online experience.

An interactive tutorial for students by the FBI; ideal tool to incorporate into internet safety education.

Online safety guide, tools for families, ways to report trouble, and websites for kids.

Lists several sites to help you navigate the Internet with your child

Rules for online safety, guidelines for parents, and information about filtering software.

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