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 and playgroup 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, build with wooden blocks, or get creative on our LEGO wall. We also have a lot of books.

See the calendar at the bottom for programs and events.

Trusted online research for grades K-12 through Britannica School.


Fun and educational online activities for grade school children through Pebble Go and Britannica Fundamentals.

StoryWalk was installed in collaboration with the Friends of the Boyne District Library and Charlevoix County Parks at Whiting Park’s main trailhead.  Walk the main trail and you will see panels containing the pages of a seasonal book. So get outside, enjoy beautiful Whiting Park, and read a book!

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 from infant up to Kindergarten can participate. Stop by the library to pick up a packet.


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