Matthews Library Programs

 The Matthews Public Library offers an array of programs for all age groups, including story times, summer programs, and a monthly book club.  


  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten; self-paced early emergent literacy initiative for newborns through pre-k age children; visit the webpage to learn more about it.
  • Summer Reading Program; for children of all ages the library hosts a different show every Tuesday at 2 p.m. during the summer months; visit the webpage to view the schedule.
  • More Summer Reading Program; for tweens and teens the library hosts a different hands-on, participatory show Thursdays at 1 p.m. during the summer months; visit the webpage to view the schedule.
  • Book Club; for adults of all ages the library hosts a monthly book club the fourth Tuesday of every month (except December) at 5:30 p.m.; visit the webpage to view the reading schedule and for more information.


child readingPreschool Circle Time!

Every Thursday at 10 a.m. year round children ages 3-5 are invited to the library for Circle Time!  At Circle Time! children learn how to be part of a group, develop listening skills, experience music and movement, and play games.  This program also provides children with opportunities for exploring new concepts and practicing social skills such as sharing and cooperating.  Circle Time enhances children’s level of self-confidence and improves their communication skills to better prepare them for kindergarten.  The use of playscapes (hands on playing and learning centers) offers a wide range of early learning experiences that help children start school ready to read and ready to learn in all subject areas.  Sessions last approximately 45 minutes each, and parents are encourages to spend Circle Time! in another part of the library.

Puppet Theater

Come one, come all to Polka Dot City!  All are welcome at the library’s puppet show for toddlers and pre-schoolers–no registration required.  A show is put on the first Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the library’s own professional puppet theater.  The months that have fifth Wednesdays also have another puppet show on the fifth Wednesday of the month.

The Children’s Story Hour for Toddlers and Pre-schoolers

The other Wednesdays of the month at 10 a.m. there will be a story followed by a craft for toddlers and pre-schoolers at the library.  The Children’s Story Hour runs all year long, even during the summers.  Children will enjoy stories, finger plays, crafts, and poems.  Everyone is welcome, and there is no registration required!

Smart Start Story Time

Sponsored by the Lebanon County Library System, these exciting story time classes for babies ages birth to two years old feature an interactive story time filled with games, songs and books.  A parent or caregiver must be present with children during class, and siblings are welcome!  These classes are free, no registration required, but space is limited and participation is on a first come, first serve basis.  This class will meet at Matthews Public Library Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m in April, and June 2017.   

robot-2013924_1920STEM Explorer Programs

All STEM explorers (ages 5 years and older) are invited to a series of free, hands-on programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math.  Some of the topics that young STEM learners will explore include exploring robotics with cubelets, beginning code with Dash & Dot and exploring circuits with little bits of electronics.  These programs will held Mondays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the library.

bingo cardsTeen Summer Reading BINGO

For teens ages 13-18, pick up a BINGO card at the library this summer, and start reading!  Books must be read over the summer.  You can choose any book or activity that fits the category in a square, and READ!  Track your progress by writing down the book title and author in the squares of your choice.  Complete one BINGO by reading five books in a row/column/diagonal or go for BLACKOUT by completing/reading all 25 books/activities on the card.  If you need help with book suggestions for the categories on the BINGO card, please ask for help the next time you come to the library–we love talking books–or go to this link where you can find some online book lists for title suggestions that you can then search for in our online catalog or on OverDrive to borrow.  Complete a BINGO (or BLACKOUT) and turn in your card by or on this year’s deadline to receive your treat and 1 chance to win the prize(s) we’re raffling off (BLACKOUT receives a treat and 12 chances to win the raffle).  Winners will be contacted by their preferred method of contact to collect their prize.