The Library’s children’s and teens’ services department is a bustling place that represents an important part of the Library’s activity. Children and their families are encouraged to make use of our large print and audio-visual collections or to attend one of the many readings, programs and workshops offered for young people year round.

Unless otherwise stated, children attending Library programs must have their own library card, or be covered by a family membership. Non-members may attend Story Hours, Saturday programs, Lap-sits and special events to see if their children would enjoy these activities, however a day fee will apply.

Are you an author or performer? Contact Celeste, the children’s and young adults’ services manager, if you are interested in scheduling a reading or special event at the Library.

What the Children's Library Offers...

  • A full-time children’s and teens’ services manager, an assistant children’s and teens’ services librarian and a team of skilled volunteers to assist you
  • A large and diverse collection of over 10,000 print materials
  • A large collection of children’s audio-visual items (music CDs and audiobooks)
  • Extensive and varied children’s programming for all ages

For Infants and Toddlers

  • Board books (sturdy books for small hands, some with touch-and-feel components)
  • Picture books (classics and favorites, as well as new and noteworthy titles)
  • Music CDs and audiobooks
  • Our Toddler Time program: a twice-monthly event for one-to three-year olds and their caregivers, featuring books, rhymes and songs in English
  • Weekly Wednesday Story Hour, an hour-long read-aloud session for slightly older children (three to five years old)

For Preschoolers

  • Weekly Wednesday Story Hour, an hour-long read-aloud session for children ages three to five years old
  • Seasonal celebrations, creative workshops and musical events
  • Picture books (classics and favorites, as well as new and noteworthy titles)
  • Age appropriate children’s fiction, non-fiction and magazines
  • Music CDs and audiobooks
  • Access to English-language magazines and digital resources

For School-Aged Children

  • Full access to a collection of over 10,000 volumes for young people ages 1-17, including seminal classics, contemporary favorites and award winners for every age range as well as new and noteworthy material in a variety of forms
  • Print magazines
  • Music CDs and audiobooks
  • Saturday programs for children 6-10, including author visits, art and music appreciation events, seasonal parties, readings and cultural events
  • Seasonal celebrations, holiday parties and musical events
  • The Library’s Summer Reading Program
  • Workshops, book clubs, and creative activities for children 9-12 years old

Research and Reference Materials

Bibliographic indexes, digital databases, as well as hard copies of journals and magazines (some rare texts and some of which date back to the 19th century) are available for students doing research.

Ask a Librarian!

The children’s and teens’ services department is staffed by full-time children’s and teens’ services manager and an assistant children’s and teens’ services librarian who are able to provide reference and research help for young people, as well as recommended reading material for all age levels and interests. The Library provides full reference services on site from Tuesday through Sunday. Members and users of the Library can receive general reference assistance. They may also arrange in-depth research conferences with a specific librarian by appointment.