Duarte Library is well-loved by the community, with resources and programs that meet the informational, educational, and recreational needs of customers of all ages.
The Library is a designated Family Place Library, making it a center for early childhood information where emergent literacy resources, socialization opportunities, and family support through collection and programming are offered.
Smarty Pants Storytime is a school readiness program for toddlers and preschoolers. Smarty Pants Storytime offers a partnership between parents/caretakers and the Library. Our Children’s Librarian guides parents/caretakers on how to model early literacy skills and introduce their children to the enjoyment of reading, making literacy fun! Parents/Caretakers are given extension activities to take home with them to help develop the child’s school readiness skills.
Play and Explore is a program Duarte Library offers that is geared toward children 0 – 5 and their caregivers. The program allows families to interact in a safe and family-friendly environment. This program is offered on the 2nd Saturday of the month to give working parents a chance to attend the Library with their children. Families get the opportunity to play and interact with their child while also offering time for social connection and exchange. Play and Explore helps young children develop their social, intellectual, and emotional life skills.
During the summer, children of all ages, from birth to teens, can participate in the Summer Discovery Program. Summer reading is critical for children and studies have shown that children who do not read on a regular basis are at risk of falling behind. Duarte Library encourages all readers to read for their enjoyment and actively promotes the use of alternate formats such as magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, and eBooks. We offer extensive enrichment activities related to literature all summer long.
Duarte Library is a community center that provides all families, regardless of socio-economic status, with opportunities to play, explore, and learn.