Children's Services

Philotechnos Children's Library

New Children's Books

The Philotechnos Children’s Library was made possible in 2013 through a generous donation by the Philotechnos Club.

The Philotechnos Club was organized on November 25, 1947 by mothers who felt that they could improve the community and enrich the lives of their children more fully if they worked as a group.

The name “Philotechnos,” is derived from two Greek words meaning “child loving” or “love of child.”

The organization grew from fifteen to thirty-five members and included a program of activity consisting of child-study programs, the maintenance and operation of a kindergarten for four and five year olds, and civic activity to promote the welfare of all children in the community.

Children's Programs

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Every Tuesday @ 10 AM

Preschool Storytime

Our Preschool Storytime is a year round program that focuses on instilling a life long love of reading through positive learning experiences.


Children of all ages are welcome to join us for this half hour program of songs, movement, stories, and crafts.

During a preschool storytime, the librarian interacts with the children through reading stories, asking questions, singing songs, playing games, and encouraging movement.

Families are welcome to stick around afterwards and play in the toddler area.

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Family Place Libraries

Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in a young child’s growth and development.


The overall goal of Family Place Libraries is to develop and institutionalize a family friendly environment by transforming libraries into community centers for literacy, early childhood development, parent education and engagement, family support and community information.

Family Place is a nationwide network of  more than 450 sites in 29 states and continues to grow.

A proven change agent, Family Place Libraries transforms libraries into community centers for early literacy & learning, parent education and engagement, family support and community connectivity helping to ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn.

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that promotes early literacy skill development and parent-child bonding through reading in children ages birth to five. The program is simple:  read 1,000 books with your child before they reach kindergarten and keep track of their progress. Research on reading with young children indicates that reading to children helps build language skills, improves social emotional learning, encourages brain development, and increases their chances for academic success upon entering kindergarten.

Download the free Beanstack app for iOS or Android devices or visit to register.

If you have any questions about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten or Beanstack, please contact our Children’s Librarian, at (254) 582-7385.

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Every Third Monday @ 2PM

Toddler Play Date

Hillsboro City Library's Toddler Play Dates are an unstructured child-led play time.

Unstructured, child-led play helps children develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. As a part of our Family Place Libraries program, the Hillsboro City Library now offers monthly toddler play dates to encourage the development of social and physical skills.

Toddler Play Dates happen every third Monday of the month at 2PM in the Philotechno's Children's Library.

Nursery Play

Spring & Fall

Let's Play! Together.

“Let’s Play! Together” is a five-week program for toddlers and their parents/caregivers. This fun, informal, play-based program provides a rich environment of toys, books and art activities. Families have the opportunity to spend time together,

make new friends, and talk one-on-one with a different community resource professional each week.

Let’s Play! Together programs are offered in the spring and fall. Check the events calendar for the the next Let’s Play! Together program  Let’s Play! Together will start at 9AM and run approximately 75 minutes.

In order to register for the Let’s Play! Together program, please fill out this online form. If you have any questions about Family Place or the “Let’s Play! Together” program, please contact our Children’s Librarian, at (254) 582-7385.

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Art Cart

Head down to the Philotechno's Children's Library anytime during regular business hours to find our Art Cart.

The Art Cart has coloring pictures, crayons, markers, construction paper, craft kits, glue, tape, and more all ready to be used for you and your child's creative needs. 


Art is an excellent method for young children to hone their fine motor skills and expand their imaginations through the creative process.

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Play at the Library

The Philotechno's Children's Library, located on the lower level of the Hillsboro City Library, is a fun and welcoming environment.


Children, along with their parents or caregivers, can play together in our Toddler Play Area. This play area features interactive materials for young children. Toddlers will find board and picture books, age appropriate toys, puzzles, dramatic play items, blocks and at supplies. 

Play in the Library is allowed during regular business hours. For special playtime activities, check out our Toddler Play Dates.


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Beanstack App

Beanstack is a web based application that enables patrons to log their books and minutes read during the Summer Reading Program.

The Hillsboro City Library also uses Beanstack for Spring and Fall Reading Challenges and for keeping up with its 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. 

Download the free Beanstack app for iOS or Android devices or visit to register.

If you have any questions about Beanstack, please contact our Children’s Librarian, at (254) 582-7385.


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The Friends of the Hillsboro City Library, in partnership with the Hillsboro City Library and the City of Hillsboro Parks Department, have installed a permanent StoryWalk® in Hillsboro City Park on North Pleasant Street.

A StoryWalk is a sequence of picture book pages that are displayed in 21 weatherproof cases along a path. Park visitors read the displayed story as they walk along the roughly quarter mile route. Readers will also find movement activities and engagement questions to participate in as they read the story.