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The Dare County libraries offer a wide selection of children’s books for every interest and reading ability.

  • Raise a Reader! Includes hints and titles for parents to share favorite books with the youngest readers.
  • In our efforts to make everyone’s time at the library safe and enjoyable, we ask parents and children to become familiar with our library’s Code of Conduct and Child Safety Policy.

Board Books

For the very young, we offer “board books” designed to introduce the smallest children to a love of books and reading. Made of extra sturdy paper and durable bindings, these books have simple pictures, and can stand up to the smallest hands gripping, pulling and touching them.

Raise a Reader! Includes hints and titles for parents to share favorite books with the youngest readers.

Picture Books

The narrative or story is conveyed by both the illustrations and text. Frequently a child “reads” the pictures, while an adult shares the story. We have all the classics and new favorites to share with your child.

EZ Readers

“EZ Readers” are a large collection of books especially made for children who are beginning to learn to read by themselves. There are many popular classics and lots of attractive new titles in this area.

These books contain limited vocabularies, and are often labeled by the publisher with a reading or grade level. “I Can Read” and “Step Into Reading” are two popular series. Information about EZ readers can be found here [more].

Child Resource Collection

Books can be a useful tool for helping children alleviate fears and concerns about new and unfamiliar situations. The Dare County Library is pleased to make available a collection of picture books suited for this purpose.

Categories include: new baby, adoption, bullying, going to the doctor, going to school for the first time, and others. Look for the bright orange stickers on the book spine, or ask the staff for assistance.

Juvenile Fiction & Non Fiction


For children in elementary and middle school, we have almost 11,000 stories and novels. The Dare County libraries also offer many book titles from both the “Battle of the Books”, “Fiction Diggers!” and “Accelerated Reader” school reading programs.


The non-fiction collection supports school report need and is also intended for recreational reading pertaining to children’s hobbies and interests.

Book Packages & Books on Media

Each library offers a collection of children’s picture books with read-along CD’s that are perfect for children to gain confidence with their reading skills.

Books on CD

Best selling and classic titles for children are available.


A large collection of non-fiction, educational and entertainment titles.

Teen Collection

Age appropriate fiction and non-fiction books located in their own areas of the libraries. We recognize that 13-16 year olds have unique reading needs for both entertainment and enlightenment.

Programs for Children

Our “Growing Readers” Story Times at the Dare County Libraries have stories, finger plays, songs and more! Story times foster a love of reading and books in small children at an early age.

Skills children learn in story time include listening and sharing. Pre-school story times are often the first group-interactive experience for children not already in a pre-school program. Two year olds and 3-5 year olds meet at least once per week at each library location. Stop by the library for a current calendar of events or click on one of the library locations below.

School Age Programs

The library offers “Hooked on Books”, a program for children in grades 1-5 during the school year. Stop by the library for a current calendar of events or click on one of the library locations below.

Summer Reading Program

A major program is our annual Summer Reading Program, which includes weekly programs, and the opportunity for children to read for pleasure while earning prizes for doing so. The program is designed to be flexible and fun, so children can do it while attending library programs, or “on their own”. Several special performers are brought in during this annual program.

Children who read in the summer maintain more of their reading skills, and therefore enter the new school year better able to learn.

For more details about this year's Summer Reading Program and calendars of events, please click here.


Each library also has at least one computer dedicated to our youngest users that contain educational software and “virtual books” which are fun and instructive. Children can read and listen along as the electronic story is read to them.


eBooks for Kids

Tumblebook Library - eBooks for Kids

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books that teach kids in preschool through grade six the joy of reading. TumbleBookLibrary has read-along picture books, early readers, chapter books, graphic novels, classic stories, and non-fiction books, videos, puzzles, and games. TumbleBookLibrary is available to registered borrowers of the Dare County Library in the library or from home. Many of the books will not work with Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge browsers.  Chrome is recommended. You will need to enter your 14-digit library card number to access TumbleBookLibrary.
For more information about TumbleBook Library, please click here.


NC Kids Digital Library - eBooks for Kids

NC Kids Digital Library has over 5,000 eBooks for preschoolers through Grade 4. Over 1,000 of these can be borrowed by more than one user at the same time. (Look for the "Never Ending Reading" shelf for these titles.) Access with your 14-digit Dare County Library Card barcode and library-assigned PIN. Select "East Albemarle Regional Library" as your library. Borrow up to 5 eBooks at a time. eBooks go out for 14 days. Read in a browser or download APP for PC, Chromebook, Mac, Apple devices, Android, or Kindle Fire. Story Books, Read Alongs, Chapter books, nonfiction, and more.

For more information about NC Kids Digital Library, please click here.


CLOUD LIBRARY – Popular eBooks for Preschoolers through Adults

Read free, popular eBooks on an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android-based tablet or phone, Kindle Fire, or windows-based or Mac OS/X computer. Titles can also be transferred from a windows-based computer to an eReader device such as Nook, Sony or Kobo.

To get started you will need to download the appropriate application for your device or software from Cloud Library. 

To access Cloud Library eBooks, you will need your 14-digit Dare County Library card barcode number, and also the PIN that you use to access your online account for renewals and placing holds through our online catalog. This PIN will act as the password for the Cloud Library. If you need a PIN or have forgotten your PIN, please call or stop by the library.

We've developed an instruction sheet with screen shots and information about the Cloud library's many features. These instructions are for the PC APP, but the Cloud Library will appear and act very similar no matter what device or platform you are using.


Unite for Literacy
Unite for Literacy - eBook Collection

Free digital library of picture books narrated in English or several other languages. Great for Pre-K through Grade 3.

Change the screen text from English to Spanish. No holds or waiting, available to more than one borrower at a time.

Visit and enter Dare for the County.