Parents & Children
We miss you! The Children's Department is sad that we cannot be together during this time of social distancing and although our library's building is physically closed, the library is still digitally open.
The Children's Librarians have been making many videos to share with you filled with stories, rhymes, singing, crafts and even baking! Please check our blog regularly to find fun and educational activities you can do while we spend this time at home.
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Young children will enjoy participating in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program while the library is physically closed. We wanted to bring 1KBK to you while we all spend some time at home. Whether you want to start now or continue your child’s progress, simply color a star for every book shared with your little one reading on this reading log and visit us when the library re-opens to celebrate and collect your prizes! No printer, no problem… You can use a piece of paper from home and color your own circles or use stickers…it’s up to you!
When we are open you can borrow a free pass to a local museum! Museums include Children's Museum of the East End, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Maritime Explorium, and many more. Museums are closed and our museum passes are currently unavailable. Our librarians have put together a list of the museums now offering virtual tours.
Your library card offers students the chance to get homework assistance from a live tutor. Brainfuse HelpNow is a free resource that allows you to work one-on-one with online tutors. You can draw or type your question in their online classroom and receive live homework assistance from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Tutors are trained to not only provide answers but to help you master the homework assignment's underlying academic concepts. Live tutors are available seven days a week from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm, EST.
Nursery School Fair
Choosing the right preschool can be a daunting experience, so the library is here to help. Each year the Children's Department plans a nursery school fair. Representatives from local schools are available to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. Watch the library newsletter for information.
Our librarians have put together a downloadable listing of local nursery schools, many of whom participate in the annual fair.