The Children's Department is a warm and welcoming area for children, their caregivers, teachers, day care providers, and anyone who is interested in children's literature. We have an extensive collection of materials for children from birth to age 12 and their caregivers. Our space features a number of puzzles, blocks, and other manipulative and imaginative toys. Our aim is to offer such a comfortable and fun environment that no one wants to leave!
Baby Story Time Song Sheets
It's never to early to learn! Talking, reading and singing to your baby is beneficial to the development of your child's brain- and its good for you too! Here are some song sheets you can download to sing with your wee one, curated by Miss Hannah.
Beanstack is the world’s easiest way to keep track of all the books you read. When you create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family, you’re instantly connected to your local library’s reading programs, so you’ll get credit for every minute and every page. We’ll keep all your stats for you, cheer you on while you work towards your program goals, and let you know when you’ve earned prizes. When your library’s program ends, you keep your account, and your reading history—it’s always free, and you can keep right on logging your leisure reading. When the next library program comes around, no need to re-register—just click on it, and you’re in.
Children's Take & Makes
Each month a new Take & Make craft is set out in the Children's area. Drop by and pick up an envelope containing all you'll need for a 'do-at-home' craft. Basic supplies such as glue and scissors will not be included in the craft envelopes. Pick them up early so you don't miss out! Take & Make crafts are free, courtesy of the Friends of the Gates Public Library!
The StoryWalk Project® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. Our StoryWalk was created through a collaborative project between the Gates Public Library and the Gates Recreation Department. Visit our updated StoryWalk at Wegman Road Park to read Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses!
Storytimes are back at the library beginning Monday, June 28! Storytime with Mary Jo is at 10:15am, Storytime with Ms. Hannah is every Tuesday at 10:15am, and Time for Tots is every Wednesday at 10:15am. Check out our calendar for more details!
Join us for Chess club every other Monday beginning April 26 at 6:30PM in the Community Space. Kids under the age of 18, who know how to play chess, are welcome to join. Parents are also welcome to stay. For more information & to register, follow the link here: https://calendar.libraryweb.org/event/7687196
Mary Jo and Hannah are excited to announce the start of IN-PERSON STORYTIMES AT WESTGATE PARK!! Thanks to our friends at Gates Recreation and Parks Department, Hannah will be holding storytimes every Tuesday and Mary Jo will be holding storytimes every Thursday starting on Thursday, April 22nd at 10:15 am!
Storytimes will be held in the enclosed shelter at Westgate Park (1489 Howard Rd). Masks will be required at all times, and we ask that you stay home if you're feeling sick! Registration is REQUIRED for these programs, and can only be done in person or over the phone. Give us a call today to reserve your spot!
Exciting news! Mary Jo and Hannah will be hosting an in-person Dance Party on Friday April 9th at 9:15 before the library is open! The dance party will be held in our atrium, and attendees will have their own, socially distanced squares to dance in!
Groups can start registering today. Each group will be limited to 4 people. Masks are required at all times, and we ask that you stay home if you are not feeling well!
Registration is required and must be done either over the phone or in person. So stop in or call today!