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Parent's Guide to Sachem Public Library

Sachem Library
Welcome to the Sachem Public Library! Here are answers to some questions you may have about the library, along with suggestions for helping children become lifelong readers and library users.

What does the Children's Department offer my family?
Sachem Public Library's Children's Department offers much more than books! We also have magazines, DVDs, CDs, CD-Roms, audiobooks and kits, Playaway digital audiobooks, and Playaway View digital media players to borrow. We have computers for the children and laptops for parents to use with in the department. Visit us for FREE programming and reading clubs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children and families.

What do I need to be able to have access to library materials and children's programs?
To borrow most materials a valid library card from any Suffolk County Library is required. However, certain materials and/or collections may require a valid SACHEM LIBRARY CARD. All pre-registered CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS require the CHILD to have a valid Sachem Library Card. Drop-in Children's programs do not require a library card.

How do librarians at Sachem Public Library's Children's Department work with children and families?
The Children's Librarians are always happy to help you locate items that match your children's interests, tastes and needs. Don't hesitate to ask questions. With our knowledge of the collections, we can locate books and materials on a particular subject and specific reading level or age group.

In addition to answering your questions in-person, the librarians also compile booklists for suggested reading for all ages and reading levels. We lead storytimes and other programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children and families. We conduct stortyimes at local nursery schools and other agencies and visit the elementary schools to promote our reading clubs. We also offer assistance to educators in finding materials and resources to help enchance their lessons.

What types of programs do you have for children and for what ages?
The Children's Department offers programs for children from birth up to and including grade 5. Our programs are offered seasonally, with three major registrations; a Winter/Spring session, a Summer session, and a Fall session. Special holiday & recess programs register separately. For your convenience all children's registrations take place by telephone, with most program registrations also available online.

We offer regularly scheduled storytimes, book discussions, music and movement classes, mother goose rhymes, open-play programs, craft programs, children's movies, game nights, infant massage classes, parent discussion groups and reading clubs. In addition, we offer school recess and holiday specials periodically throughout the year. We also have drop-in programs that do not require registration. For families with working parents, we offer evening and weekend programs. Check our brochure and newsletters for more information. During the Summer months we offer many special programs in Inside/Out, the library's outdoor garden. Should the weather not be favorable, the program will be moved indoors.

Is there anything to do at the library for children when there aren't programs going on?
Yes! We have a playful toddler area complete with board books, toys, puzzles, legos, a train table and other manipulatives. There are two types of age appropriate in-house computers; one for toddlers and one for school-age children. We offer laptops for the parents to borrow in the department while the children play. Enjoy a snack at the library's fireside cafe. If the weather is nice, ask to use one of our nature kits and explore the Library's performance garden, Inside/Out.

-Obtain or renew ALL of your family's library cards if you have not done so recently, making sure all of your contact information is current. (Make sure even the littliest members of your family have their own card.)

-Stop in or call in advance with any questions about programs or registrations.

-Ask a Children's Librarian for assistance in finding materials on your child's reading level. Our expertise can help you and your child get the most out of your library experience.

-Although food and drinks are allowed in the children's room, we ask that you not bring open food or drink containers into the program rooms, near computers or laptops.

-For your convenience, there is a children's room bathroom complete with changing tables. In addition, both the women's and men's bathrooms located by the main elevator on the main floor are also equiped with changing tables.

-In inclement weather, the library may close. When in doubt, please call before heading out to attend programs. If the library is closed on a registration day, that registration will be ONLINE ONLY.

-If your child requires special accomodations for a disability to participate in a program, please let us know at least two weeks prior to that program.

-Find yourself suddenly free for the day? Then head to the library! We often have spaces available on program days due to cancellations and no-shows. Alternate tickets are given out (for pre-registered programs) 15 minutes prior to each program. Once the program starts we will determine how many alternate ticket holders may be admitted. No guarentees can be made. Children utilizing the alternate tickets must still meet the programs age or grade requirements. Check the brochure: alternate tickets are not available for programs with an *.

-Remember to keep your little ones close to you as the library has an unattended child policy. While the children's room encourages play and exploration, other areas of the library are for diferent purposes and may require quiet for reading and studying. We ask grown-ups be tolerant of the joyful noises when in the children's room and for families to be respectfully quiet when in other areas of the library.

This was posted on 4/18/2013 6:16:34 AM