My daughter and I went to the grand reopening of the Napa Children’s Library earlier this week. We’ve been regulars at the library since she was just a baby, and she got her own library card last year — such a proud moment. Another proud moment was when she got her certificate a few weeks ago for participating in Reading by Design, the library’s annual summer reading program. Her certificate acknowledges the 25 books she read — not bad for 5 1/2 years old!

We were excited to check out the library, which is lighter and brighter, and has a secret door for kids to enter. The Magic Treehouse series is one of our favorite chapter books, and thus, we were delighted at the tree theme — walking into the children’s library is like like entering a forest — of books. The inspiration was a mural by Napa artist Cathryne Trachok where trees are made from the spines of classic books while characters from those books float, row and scurry through the forest. As part of the opening celebration, the winning artists of the new library cards were honored. Artists and residents of all ages, from grade-schoolers to adults, were invited to submit artwork to be considered for a series of new library cards in honor of the Napa libraries’ centennial. All of the chosen entries are being offered through the county reading rooms in downtown Napa, American Canyon, Yountville and Calistoga. The winning artists, whose work will now appear on new library cards, included three #napavalleykids:

  • Kairi Fleming, Napa (second grade and under)
  • Edin Simon-James, Yountville (third through fifth grade)
  • Faith Cavelo, American Canyon (sixth through eighth grade

If your #napavalleykid likes entering contests, Story Pirates is inviting kids to write a story about a brand-new character from their imagination that has a big dream. What do they do to try to get that dream? In the end, do they get it? Or not? How do they feel about it? For the first round of submissions, Story Pirates is looking for stories about dreams. Not the sleeping kind, though. We’re talking big dreams that you hope one day will come true! Parents, you are invited to submit your child’s story today for the exciting relaunch of the Story Pirates podcast, coming later this fall!

Napa County libraries have regularly scheduled activities for kids including story time, homework help, special events and more. Click here to learn more.