Kids at the Library: Scavenger Hunts, Gear, Routines & More

Raise a book lover by visiting the library every week with your kids. Go in depth with these free printable library scavenger hunt sheets. 

Visit for story time, for exploring time, for book browsing time, for curl up with a good book time, for computer time, for social time, for book event time.

Today’s libraries aren’t just filled with books, they’re filled with technology, community events, media, digital books, and study spaces. As an institution, the library is transforming for the needs of our 21st century children. Enjoy the benefits of the library with your children and watch as they become passionate book aficionados.

“Medicine for the soul.”
– inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes

kids at the library scavenger hunt, gear, routines & more


Pick a Day.
Make your library visits routine. Pick a day that offers a story time for your child’s age, or one that fits in with your schedule.

At Home Library Book Storage.
Keep your library books in one place so you don’t lose track of books.

Get a Card.
Let your child get his or her own library card! It’s motivation in and of itself. Read “A Library Card of My Own.

library scavenger huntGear

We think that a flat-bottom tote bag is the best book bag. It’s too dirty to show you a photograph but I got it at Barnes and Noble on sale. Here are some suggestions your kids might love to carry books in.

Scout book bag
Multi-pocket zip top book bag.
This book bag is my favorite – pockets and a flat bottom.

book bag
Microfiber book bag with zipper closure and adjustable handles.
I love the pocket on the outside of this book bag.


everett book bag
Polyester deluxe book bag with three front pockets and main zippered compartment. 
This may be the perfect book bag — it has the flat bottom, pockets, and isn’t in a light color. LOVE it!

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
– Jorge Luis Borges

Library Scavenger Hunt

Go on a Scavenger Hunt – there’s much more to the library than when we were kids – it’s not just books anymore!

Young Kids’ Library Scavenger Hunt

Click the image below for a large version, printable scavenger hunt.

library scavenger hunt

Older Kids’ Library Scavenger Hunt

Click the image below for the larger, printable scavenger hunt.

library scavenger hunt

Play library at home.
Make pretend library cards with these free printables from Family Fun.

library scavenger hunt

Design Your Dream Library.
See example here.

A final thought: Befriend your librarians. These hard-working bibliophiles love their jobs and will be your best resource for new books, topical books, and will make your Library feel like the television show Cheers.

You see, I don’t believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that’s been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians.”
– Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Do you need book recommendations? 


  1. says

    Great ideas here! I love the idea of a library scavenger hunt. A great way to get my girls away from the princess books section they have discovered.

  2. says

    There is also this great kit called Little Librarian to play librarian at home. It has those old fashioned cards with the folder thingys that you glue to the book. My kids love it.

    I love the idea of a library scavenger hunt and having pre-printed cards makes it much easier. Guess I would only have to deal with making sure my kids behave!

  3. says

    Great ideas. My local library does a book-themed treasure hunt in the local playground each summer – a great outreach project to invite the kids in the park to stop by the library on the way home.

  4. says

    Your ideas are fabulous. I love the library card idea especially with the rules that children can’t get library cards until their a little older. At our library, we got to know the staff really well, and they bent the rules for my son to get a card at the age of 3. You would have thought they gave him the world. He was so proud to have his own card!

    Great post! Thank you so much!

  5. says

    As a librarian, you have no idea how happy I was to see this post. I do love my job, and when I see blog posts and comments like these, it makes it all worth it :) And like the author says, chat with us! We love to help.

  6. says

    I completely agree with Erin! I actually work in early childhood education as a second grade teacher and feel that getting children in a library early will help expose them to the wonderful resources that are available for them at no cost. It can also help them develop a love for reading.

  7. says

    I looove that scavenger hunt idea! I think it will be good to help my oldest have a mission of stuff to look for while I’m helping the youngest (and by “helping” I mean, “stopping him from pulling down a dozen books we don’t want”) and also while trying to hurry and grab something for myself.


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