This page is especially for parents and caretakers of school-age children. Its aim is to provide resources on a range of child development and child care issues, including health and wellness, reading readiness and literacy, and community resources.

The Children’s Room encourages parents and caretakers to visit the library often to take full advantage of all of our services and programs.  The staff is always available to recommend good books. Please feel free to take the time to sit with your child and read, play with puzzles, do homework, find books for projects, and enjoy your child’s interactions with books. Also available are music CDs, books with read-along story CDs, and audiobooks on CD.

There is also a Parent/Teacher collection, with selections ranging from child behavior to special needs issues to explaining sexuality. The collection also includes picture books that are issues related: a new baby, moving, emotions, death of a person important in a child’s life, death of a pet, understanding special needs siblings’ behavior or that of a relative with Alzheimer’s.  Although many of these topics are difficult, the staff can assist you in finding the best book to fit your needs and the age of the child.

Did you know we have a good selection of LARGE PRINT  children’s books? The print is bigger than normal, making the text easier to read. This is a good choice for children with low vision and other  reading issues.

We encourage you to explore the databases available online and accessible from home with your library card.  We would also like to recommend these websites:

 
10001,000 Books Before Kindergarten
This nationally recommended program encourages parents and other caretakers to read to infants and preschool children to make them Very Ready to Read by the time they start school.

American Academy of Pediatrics posts this helpful guide to ages, stages, milestones, and care of your infant and young child.

Reach Out and Read specializes in getting books into the hands of babies and toddlers through their doctors’ offices.  In addition, this link gives tips on reading to and behaviors to expect from your infant and toddler.

Make the first 5 count.  This Easter Seals article helps you identify your young child’s developmental milestones, as well as identify what may be hidden issues, so that you can locate and implement early intervention services if they are needed.