Using the Library
Visiting the Library
We encourage parents and caregivers to give children guidance in choosing materials, and invite you to come to the library often. Make the library a family or funtime activity!
The Children's Staff does not restrict children's use of library materials or the Internet, but we gladly recommend age-appropriate, reliable resources when asked. When we select materials, we consider quality, diversity and subject coverage. We encourage children to explore all areas of the library collection!
Help your child be safe at the library:
- Please supervise children under the age of eight while they are in the library. Older children may also feel more comfortable if accompanied by an adult.
- Any child left too long in the library may become restless, hungry, or tired. We will ask disruptive children to leave the building.
- Be sure a child has enough money for a phone call. Teach your child your name, address and phone number(s) to call in an emergency.
- Be sure a child has safe transit home from the library. It may not be safe for your child to wait for you outside the library, so check the library's closing time. If a child is alone at closing, we will contact the police to assure the child's safety.
Finding Books and Other Materials
We offer children's books for all ages and interests (including boardbooks for babies and toddlers), videos and DVDs, cassette tapes and CDs, books in many languages; magazines; books and online information for school assignments, books on tape; and books for parents. You can see what we offer by looking on the library catalog and other links below.
Events and Programs
We offer a variety of events throughout the year: storytimes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families; storytellers, puppeteers, magicians, and other special events; book groups, and our annual summer reading game. Visit the pages below for the latest news.