Children's Programs

Boyne District Library serves our youngest patrons in the lower level of the library. In the Children's Department we have programming for children for ages birth through elementary school. We offer weekly storytime sessions for our toddlers and preschoolers. We also have fun family-centered programming ranging from STEAM challenges to movie nights to reading challenges. Stop by after school to see what fun can be had. Boyne District Library also hosts a great summer reading program filled with performers, arts and crafts, and prizes.  

In our physical space there is a play area where children can play with toys, put on a puppet show, cook something up in our play kitchen, or build on our LEGO wall. We have AWE learning stations for our littlest learners to fine tune their computer skills alongside their critical thinking skills. There is also a seek-and-find mural by one of our hometown artists.

See the calendar at the bottom for upcoming special programs and events.

In collaboration with the Boyne District Library, the Friends of the Boyne District Library and Charlevoix County Parks, StoryWalk was recently installed at Whiting Park’s main trailhead.  Walk the main trail and you will see twenty different panels containing the pages of a seasonal book. So get outside, enjoy beautiful Whiting Park and read a book! Current book is "Spencer and Vincent: The Jellyfish Brothers".
Whiting County Park (woods side, not beach side)
05820 Lake Shore Road
Boyne City, MI 49712

"Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play" are the 5 essential literacy practices that Michigan Librarians use in their storytimes, program planning, and more! Ready to Read Michigan is our new initiative to educate and empower parents and caregivers to "Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play" with their little ones to set them up for their brightest future. Learn More!


Does reading 1,000 books seem totally overwhelming? We promise, it's not as hard as you think!
3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
10 books a week for 2 years = 1,040 books
1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 book

The program in a nutshell:

  • When you enroll your child in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, you will receive a book log sheet of 100 monkeys. Fill in a monkey for each book read.
  • When you have read the first 100 books to your child, bring the completed chart. Your child will get his or her picture on the wall in the hall leading to the Children's Room, a sticker and a new chart for the next 100 books.
  • After every 100 books, make sure to pick up your sticker and the next reading Chart.
  • When your child reaches 500 books, he or she will receive a prize.
  • When your child reaches 1,000 books, he or she will receive a certificate of completion and a larger prize.
  • Finished all the steps? Congratulations! You did it! You gave your children a priceless gift — the readiness to read!

Every child in your family can participate, from infant up to Kindergarten. Stop by the library to pick up a packet, or download the packet (pdf) to get started. You can also download these fun printable coloring sheets (pdf).


The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides a free, hard-cover, age- appropriate book per month to children from birth to age 5. The program is free to all kids birth – age 5 who live in Charlevoix or Emmet Counties or who participate in a pre-school program but live in an adjacent county. The books are mailed each month directly to the child at his or her home. There is no income eligibility. The program is free to all children regardless of ability to pay.

You may enroll your child online here or get a brochure at the library.
Visit the Char-Em United Way web site for more details.


Need a few ideas for how to encourage your youngsters' love of learning and reading? Here are some guides for various ages and easy calendars to follow with daily activities.

20 Ways to Raise a Smart Baby

Books for Babies and Young Toddlers

Books for Two and Three Year Olds


BDL's YouTube Channel has storytimes, program info, and tutorials for using our BDL account online.

Talking is Teaching

Great Start Collaborative & Parent Coalition