Adult Programs

Adult Communication Class

Learn reading and reading comprehension in a small group setting.

Instructor: Elizabeth Munoz, Library Assistant

This class is on a first-come, first-served basis until the class is filled. No Registration Required

Location: Women’s Club of Downey, 9813 Paramount Blvd. Downey, CA 90240

Ages

18+

Date

September 2 - November 4

Day

Monday

Time

11:00am - 12:00pm

Fee

Free


Book Lover’s Club: Booked for Lunch

Bring your lunch and join a lively discussion. Light refreshments will be served. New book lovers are always welcome!

Instructor: Library Staff

Location: For more information, call (562) 904-7363

Book

Evvie Drake Starts Over

by Linda Holmes

Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

Autumn

by Ali Smith

Ask Again, Yes: A Novel

by Mary Beth Keane

Ages

18+

18+

18+

18+

Date

August 8

September 12

October 10

November 14

Day

Thursday

Thursday

Thursday

Thursday

Time

12:00pm - 1:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Fee

Free

Free

Free

Free


Adult Literacy Tutor Training

Downey City Library offers free, confidential help for adults looking to strengthen their reading skills, and we need trained literacy tutors to work with our students. All tutors work on a volunteer basis and each is required to complete 6 hours of training prior to working with students.

Instructor: Claudia Daily, Literacy Coordinator

Registration is Required. To register please call (562) 904-7363

For more information on how to become a tutor click here.

Location: Rio Hondo Event Center Board Room, 10627 Old River School Road Downey, CA 90241

 

Ages

18+

18+

Date

August 15

August 22

Day

Thursday

Thursday

Time

9:00am - 12:00pm

9:00am - 12:00pm

Fee

Free

Free


Children’s Programs

Children’s Story Times

During the library renovation, Preschool and Bilingual Story Times will be relocated to the Downey City Hall Council Chambers. Baby and Toddler Story Time will be relocated to the First Baptist Church Nursery. Story times are for individual children and their parents/caregivers (no groups or schools, please). If you would like to schedule a special story time or class visit, please call the Children’s Department at (562) 904-7363.

 

 

Preschool Story Time

Join us as we explore the wonder of stories. This story time features sing-a-longs, rhymes and folktales from around the world, all designed to promote your child’s pre-reading skills. No registration required. No food or drinks permitted in the Council Chambers.

Instructor: Claudia Dailey, Literacy Coordinator

Location: Downey City Hall (Council Chambers), 11111 Brookshire Ave, Downey, CA 90241

Fee: Free

 
 

Ages

3-5 years

Date

August 6- November26 

Day

Tuesday

Time

10:30am - 11:00am

Fee

Free


 

Bilingual Story Time: Hora de Cuentos Bilingües

Come join and enjoy stories, songs, and movement activities that support early literacy development and help foster a love of books and reading. This bilingual story time is presented in English and Spanish. No food or drinks permitted in the Council Chambers. No registration required.

Instructor: Library Staff          

Location: Downey City Hall (Council Chambers), 11111 Brookshire Ave, Downey, CA 90241                                            

 
 

Ages

3-5 years

Date

August 7 - November 27

Day

Wednesday

Time

10:30am - 11:00am

Fee

Free


 

Baby & Toddler Story Time

Enjoy great books, lively songs and rhymes, and meet other babies and toddlers in your community during the playtime that follows. For babies and toddlers, birth to 2 years old. No registration required.

Instructor: Library Staff

Location: First Baptist Church Nursery, 8348 3rd Street, Downey, CA 90241

Note: No event on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

 
 

Ages

0-2 years

Date

August 3 - November 23

Day

Saturday

Time

9:15am - 9:45am

Fee

Free


Summer is National Literacy Month

During the month of September we celebrate National Literacy Month with authors, Gary Soto and John Archambault.


 

Gary Soto

Gary Soto has published more than forty books for children, young and adults, including Too Many Tamales, Chato’s Kitchen, Baseball in April, Buried Onions and The Elements of San Joaquin.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed to attend. An adult must be present with children under the age of 13.

Location: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242

 
 

Ages

All Ages

Date

September 26

Day

Thursday

Time

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Fee

Free


 

John Archambault

John Archambault is the co-author of one of the best-selling American children’s books, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed to attend. An adult must be present with children under the age of 13.

Location: Downey Civic Theatre, 8435 Firestone Boulevard, Downey, CA 90241

 
 

Ages

All Ages

Date

September 30

Day

Monday

Time

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Fee

Free