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What’s a parent with young children to do?
Come to the library!
Our Children’s Department is staffed by specialists determined to provide a friendly and enriching environment for young readers and pre-readers.
In addition to our large collection of books and other materials for all children’s age groups, regular Story Times for toddlers & preschoolers and a weekly infant lap-sit, we offer hundreds of programs each year that encourage reading and promote the development of literacy skills.
Today, literacy also means computer literacy.
We have six internet-enabled computers for exclusive use by children age 12 and younger. These computers are content filtered.
To be truly effective, children’s services must extend beyond the walls of the Library building. Our Children’s Outreach Specialist visits every day-care and Head Start center in the library service area – sometimes accompanied by costumed members of the Mad Hatters Storytelling Troupe – delivering the message that reading is fun, and encouraging library use.
In the Children’s Department, we do everything we can to promote the joy of reading and learning. We tell stories; put on funny costumes, and sometimes we sing and dance. The first Saturday of the month we offer a free Family Movie Matinee.
Pokemon players and trading card group: Come to your local spot for Pokemon competitions. Bring your cards and video game devices and get your game on! Meets every Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.
Our children’s Summer Reading Program draws more attendees than the same program at any other library our size in the State of New York.
Visit the Children’s Department to see what we’re all about. A staff member will be happy to assist you and your child. Children younger than nine must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.
Homework. It’s part of every child’s life. Our Children’s Services Coordinator has put together a list of resources to help kids get a good start on research projects for school. Click here for the list. This page also includes some fun resources including links to sites that help you pick your next book or let you listen to books online.