Youth Services at the Welty Library




Event Time/Date

Summer Reading Program
Begins first Monday in June each year.

Black History Month


Children's Book Week

2011: May 2-8
2012: May 7-13

Pre-School StoryTime
May Story Time

2014 JHLS Youth Poetry Contest: Winning Poems


MoJo, 4 month old chimp at Jackson Zoo
MoJo, a 4 month old chimp at the Jackson Zoo. This photo was shared with us by Percy King, friend and supportor of children's programs at the Jackson/Hinds Library System.

The Eudora Welty Children's Library houses an outstanding collection of books for children, an ideal setting for reading, and educational events for kids. This section is dedicated to providing information on upcoming children's activities, suggested reading lists and more.


Youth Services Supervisor
Phone: (601) 968-5820


About Our Children's Collection
The library has thousands of wonderful books that can take children all over the world. All they need is a library card.

It has been statistically proven that children who begin reading at an early age have a higher personal success rate. Exposing children to printed words and their meaning will prepare them for school, ensure their success as a student and instill a lifelong love of books and learning.

The juvenile area of the library contains thousands of books for parents to read to children from birth; picture books and easy readers for preschool and elementary school students. The reference and nonfiction collection contains up-to-date volumes for homework and research projects. The collection also includes the “classic” literature by writers such as Shakespeare, Chaucer, Hemingway and many others. The juvenile fiction and young adult books are a collection of old favorites and recent publications by children’s book writers. The Coretta Scott King Award books are available and all Newberry and Caldecott Medal winners are a part of the collection.

Reading List Books

The library maintains a well-stocked collection of reading list books for the Jackson Public School District based on the partnership between the library system and the school district. These books are checked out as Reserve, Non-Renewable for two weeks to allow them to circulate to more students. Books on other reading lists are available as a normal part of the collection. For information about reading list books, call 601-968-5800 or 968-5820.




Web Sites for Kids and Teens

The MuppetsPBS KidsDr. Seuss

AskJeevesKids NASA QUEST

National Geographic Kids

50 States


smithsonian for kids

Teen Space at the Internet Public Library

First Gov for Kids


About Author Eudora Welty

Mississippi Writers Room

Information Resource Center

Interlibrary Loan Program

Capital Area (CABA) Law Library

Youth Services

Map to Eudora Welty Main Library


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