Youth Programs

From story times to large-scale events, Cotsen has a variety of programs for you to discover and enjoy! Like Bookscape, our children's gallery, Cotsen's programs are open to the public and free of charge.

Note: All in-person programs, including Bookscape Babies, Tiger Tales and To Be Continued, are temporarily suspended as the Cotsen Children's Library is currently closed.

Please note that our programs are typically run on a first-come, first-served basis and may have restrictions on class size and age range. Additionally, some programs may require registration, enrollment, or selection via lottery. To receive information about upcoming programs and events, e-mail cotsen@princeton.edu to join our e-notification list!

Online Programs

Virtual Resources

We invite you to browse and enjoy our virtual offerings! From exhibits to hands-on projects, the library is only a few clicks away!

Gallery Programs

Bookscape Babies

Cotsen’s smallest patrons are encouraged to get active, social, and build their vocabularies in a special play space in our Bookscape gallery. Ages 0 - 2.

Tiger Tales

You're invited to join us at our very special, very interactive story time. We begin with a picture book and end with a creative hands-on project to take home! Ages 3 - 5.

To Be Continued 

Pull up a pillow, relax, and listen! We'll read a chapter book to you over a series of weeks, and celebrate at the end with a cool project or activity. Ages 6 - 8.

Annual Writing Contest

350 for 50

Polish up those pens! We challenge you to write a short, 350-word story that includes a sentence of our choosing.

Webcast

The BiblioFiles

Dig a little deeper into the books you love to read with The BiblioFiles, our illuminating interviews with children's book authors. From award-winning bestsellers to books you might not have heard of (but should definitely check out), hear what the authors have to say about their creations.

Community Events

Special Events 

Listen to an original Grimm tale, be amazed at the chemistry behind Harry Potter, sip Victorian Tea, visit the number mines of Digitopolis, or solve a mystery inside a Sherlock Holmes inspired escape room!

Writing Resources

First Draft

Want some constructive feedback on your writing? Try First Draft, our writing resource for authors-to-be! Simply submit your creative writing and short fiction stories via e-mail, and we'll offer comments and suggestions.