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Youth Services


If you are not a current patron, sign up for a library card at the Circulation Desk and then come on down to the Youth Department to check out all our awesome materials and items.

When leaving a phone message for registration, please leave the following information. Thank You.

    • Name of program.
    • Name of  each child/patron participating.
    • Age or grade of each child/patron participating.
    • Name of parent.
    • Phone number.
    • Email of parent.

Click here to find your event registration on the calendar of events:


Youth Activity Center (YAC)

Youth Programs
Pop-Up Activities
Snack Tables
Mini Lego Play Table
Art Projects
Sensory Play

Youth Play Area

Sail Boat Theater
Toy Bin
Lego Duplo
Life Skills Center
Learning Cube Table
Comfy Seating
Board Books
Beginning Readers
Read to Library Dogs

STEAM Station 

Science ⋅ Technology  ⋅ Engineering ⋅ Art  ⋅ Mathematics 

New challenges each week
Construct, crash, chuck, create, and collaborate solutions
Rethink how and why things work
Invent the future
Enhance hand/eye coordination building
Apply knowledge of academics
Follow directions and reflect

Youth Technology

AWE Computer Stations for pre-school to school age
Safe learning environment
Age specific content for youth
Supports early literacy through games
Mouse and touch screen
Youth Computers loaded with Windows and Microsoft Office

Tween Lounge

Magazines & comics
Wii Game
CD Player & Tween music collection
Interactive Lego Mini wall
Dry erase wall board
TV to play video games & movies

Teen Lounge

Books & magazines
Book to DVD collection
Board games
After-school snacks
Games &  Puzzles
Apples after-school

Outdoor Play Area

Located on the Northeast corner of the library property
Designed for ages 5-12 years old
Outdoor seating and picnic tables
Swings, climbing elements, and a slide
Nature observation areas
Shaded and open play areas
Paved walkways around rain garden to the library
Open year round

Grandma Geri’s Children’s Garden

Play in our fenced in wonderland filled with musical instruments, a magical kaleidoscope and of course a waterfall pond. The garden is named in memory of Geri Lester, a long time resident of Charlevoix. Thanks to a generous donation by local patrons, Mike and Rhea Dow, the garden has experienced a complete renovation with new plants, shrubs; in addition to, a new “sound garden” with musical instruments, a renovated water feature, and a variety of whimsical sculptures and interactive experiences. The Tree Arch that welcomes you into the garden was donated by Craig and Debbie Mann. The drum set was donated by Kiwanis of Charlevoix, wind sculpture by former library employee, Julie Burgess, and the musical flower bells were donated by Mason and Lynne Rosenthal. There is also a child sized picnic table donated by the Evening Garden Club of Charlevoix. When there is not a jazz concert or program going on in the garden, patrons can relax in the Adirondack chairs, enjoy a picnic on the wooden benches or the child sized picnic table, read in a hammock, take a ride down the slide, or play a song in the musical instrument area. A Guide of the Gardens is available at the Circulation Desk.