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LMLS Children's Librarians

Dawnita Brown

Kathleen Foley

Bala Cynwyd
Jane France

Laurent Mondon

Belmont Hills
Keith Thomas

Penn Wynne
Danielle Gowen

Upcoming Kids Events

Reading Challenges for Kids

Get ready for another epic adventure at Lower Merion Libraries this summer! ๐ŸŒŸ It's that time of the year again – our much-loved Summer Reading Challenge is back, and it's going to be bigger and better than ever! We're thrilled to announce that this year's theme is "Adventure Begins at Your Library" ๐Ÿ“šโœจ. Whether you're a toddler just beginning your reading journey or a seasoned bookworm, there's something for everyone! We've revamped our programs to make them even more exciting. From our Read-to-Me sessions for our littlest readers to our Teen/YA program bursting with thrills, there's no shortage of fun-filled reading adventures. And guess what? This year, we're making it easier for our youngest participants by tracking reading through a book count, so every page turned counts toward their 1,000 books challenge! Mark your calendars – the adventure kicks off on Monday, June 17, and lasts until Saturday, August 10. Stay tuned for more updates on advance registration – you won't want to miss out on the excitement!

LMLS 1000 Books Reading Challenge

We’ve all heard it’s important to read to your child but really, how important is it? A study from Ohio State’s Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy found that “young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to…even kids who are read only one book a day will hear about 290,000 more words by age 5 than those who don’t regularly read books with a parent or caregiver” (Grabmeier 2019). How Does it Work? Come to your local Lower Merion Library and to be registered on Beanstack© and receive a Beanstack Badge Book (while supplies last) and informational materials! Track your progress in the Badge Book with the colorful milestone stickers. Then enter the number of books you read in Beanstack© ( to get virtual badges and reward messages. It’s that easy! Attending storytime counts towards your book count too. And yes, if you read the same book every night it counts! Milestone Prizes: For every 100 books read, come to the library to receive a Brag Tag®! At 250, 500, and 750 books you will receive a free book! When you complete all 1000 books you will receive another free book plus a graduation certificate!

Grabmeier, J. (2019, April). The importance of reading to kids daily. The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology.

Embark on a literary journey with our annual Winter Reading Challenge, suitable for all ages! From January 1 to January 31 each year, dive into a world of captivating themes that change every year. Earn impressive badges as you read your way through the chilly winter days and stand a chance to win fabulous prizes tailored to your age group! ๐Ÿ“šโ„๏ธ Don't miss out on the excitement – join us for a month-long celebration of reading and adventure!*


*Please note that all books logged for our youngest readers will also count towards their 1,000 book odyssey*

Get ready for more fantastic reading adventures coming your way! ๐Ÿ“š Keep your eyes peeled for exciting opportunities to dive into new challenges, earn those coveted badges, and snag awesome prizes. ๐ŸŒŸ As we journey through the calendar year, we're cooking up a fresh batch of challenges just for you! Stay tuned for updates – the fun never stops at our library! ๐ŸŽ‰*


*Please note that all books logged for our youngest readers will also count towards their 1,000 book odyssey*

Kids Databases

LMLS Storywalk

Did you know that Lower Merion Libraries have a story walk at Asbridge Park? The StoryWalk® concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal from the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Started in 2019 by the Ardmore Rotary Club and Lower Merion Library Foundation, with assistance from Parks and Recreation, 16 panels have been installed to share a story that is continuously changing throughout the year.

The StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children (and adults) to enjoy reading and the outdoors simultaneously. Individual laminated pages from a children’s picture book are installed along an outdoor path. Children and their caregivers walk the path and read a book together, encouraging both literacy and exercise.

The GPS Address for Ashbridge Park is 1301 Montgomery Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010