Books and Materials
The Children's Department includes materials in all subject areas for children from birth to 8th grade. We have a variety of books and many other media including:
- Picture Books for children to read independently or for parents and/or teachers to read 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
- Read-a-longs, Launchpads, Playaway Bookpacks, DVDs and CDs
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.
We use feature movies to entertain and inspire children. The feature movies may be educational and informative as well as recreational. Movies are also shown on select days throughout the Summer Reading Program.
Summer Reading Program
The Children's Department participates in the statewide Summer Reading Program. Missed Summer Reading? You can participate in the Fall Reading Challenge on Beanstack today!
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.
Arts and Crafts
We offer arts and craft exercises to expose children to a variety of new and different ways to express their 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 Saturday Family Storytimes; Storytimes; Seasonal and Cultural programs throughout the year; as well as through the Summer Reading program.
Children’s High Collection
The Children's High Collection is a collection of children's books of historical value that contains rare, older, out of print, and autographed books written and illustrated by award-winning notable children's book authors from the 1600s to the present. The High Collection is named for Mrs. Harriet “Hattie” Wilson High, prominent American philanthropist.
This historical collection consists of well-regarded International Children's books with a specific focus on winners for the John Newbery Award, Randolph Caldecott Award, and Coretta Scott-King Award.
There are approximately 3,586 volumes located in the Children's High Collection. Notable items in the collection includes the first published children's book, Orbis Pictus by John Amos Comenius (1658), Cobwebs to Catch Flies, by Ellenor Fenn, (1783), Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868), The Five Little Peppers Series by Margaret Sydney (1881), and books used to teach American children how to read including the McGuffey Readers and Spellers by William Holmes McGuffey, (1836).