Location: Lower Level
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The Children's Department includes materials in all subject areas for children from birth to 8th grade. We have a variety of books, periodicals, and many other media including:
Picture Books for children to read independently or for parents and/or teachers to share with children; Easy Books for beginning readers; Fiction, or "chapter books" for older readers; Non-Fiction for older readers and curriculum support; Biographies for older readers and curriculum support; Magazines for leisure reading; Board Books for infants and toddlers; A variety of popular Paperback books; Read-a-longs; Audio cassettes; Video tapes; DVD's and CD's.
Additionally, there are several sub-collections: Award Winning Books; ABC Books/Phonics; and Counting Books; Spanish Language; Parenting Collection and families of Children with Special Needs.
The Children's Department also features the High Collection and Research Room. The High Collection is a special collection of non-circulating children's books. The funds to establish the initial collection were donated in memory of Mrs. Hattie Wilson High, by her daughters. The collection consists of award winning books in addition to various editions of classics and representative selections in the field of Children's Literature. There are many children's books from the early 20th century, and some specialized bibliographies of other collections in universities and the Library of Congress. Additionally, there are some unusual examples of bookmaking, such as pop-up books and other paper engineered books represented in this collection. Recently, a reference research collection supporting a curriculum in Children's Literature has been added to this collection.
We offer a computer lab featuring seven personal computers for use by children. These personal computers offer the full Microsoft Suite of software including Word, Publisher, Excel and PowerPoint. In addition to the seven computers in the lab there is one look-up station for the general public.
The Children's Department also develops, creates and implements programs, exhibits and book displays to foster reading and promote cultural diversity. These programs and special activities help to provide a way to introduce books and the library to children.
Through Storytime we aim to introduce young children to the joys of literature, language, rhythm and rhyme, through stories, songs, poetry, finger plays and simple crafts. We provide storytime programs in the library on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Please check the monthly calendar for additional programming. Call to reserve a space.
Arts and Crafts
We offer arts and craft exercises to expose children to a variety of new and different ways to express their individual creativity, thus promoting positive self-esteem. Arts and crafts also reinforce hand eye manipulation and help with the development of fine motor skills. Arts and crafts programs are provided frequently through the Super Saturday at the Library programs; Storytimes; Seasonal and Cultural programs throughout the year; as well as through the Summer Reading program.
We use feature movies to entertain and inspire children. The feature movies may be educational and informative as well as recreational. We provide a variety of feature films as a part of the Saturday, Family and Children Movie Matinee each week. Movies are also shown on select days throughout the Summer Reading Program.
Research tells us that exposure to other cultures helps to promote diversity awareness. Some of the cultural programs that we have hosted are: Spanish/Chinese Storytime and Discover Languages Month with Lingual Kids.
We offer instruction in using our web database; we provide guided tours of the Children's Department and the Central Library.
We offer a variety of Library programs off-site. Some of the Outreach Programs that we offer include: Library Card Drives; Literacy Enhancement Programs such as book talks to promote special as well as seasonal library programs; Storytimes; Art & Crafts; speaking engagements/Career Day, and Community Deposit Collections.
Vacation Reading Program
The Children's Department participates in the state-wide Vacation Reading Program.
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