Our young patrons, from ages birth to sixth grade, will enjoy a multitude of fun and educational experiences at the library. In the children’s room there are books, magazines, audio books, music CDs and video games. There are also recreational and educational DVDs. Children’s reference librarians assist youngsters with all their informational and recreational needs. In the children’s room our patrons may also play educational and recreational games on computers and iPads. The computers provide access to the Internet as well as Microsoft Office programs, ebooks and online databases. Our iPads provide a variety of educational and book based apps.
We have a designated tween area set up for children in grades five and six. With comfortable seating, a selection of age appropriate books and their own computers and iPads they can find what they need Be “tween” fifth and sixth. For the younger children we have a “craft corner” where they are able to express their creativity with a selection of crayons, colored pencils, coloring sheets, stickers and colored paper.
We offer a year-round programming schedule. These activities include programs for infants and toddlers, music and movement programs, storytimes, programs that encourage preschool readiness skills, crafts for all ages, tween programs, workshops and book discussions. Special shows are planned when school is not in session. To foster a love of reading in children from the very young to our tweens we offer programs for summer reading and book buddies. Class and nursery school visits may be arranged by calling the children’s department at 935-6790 for space and staff availability.
For parents of infants under one year: Bring your JPL card to the children’s room and you will receive a lightweight canvas bag filled with a baby book, growth chart and information on reading to your child.
Jericho District Residents
- Children ages birth to 4 years old: Parents or guardians must bring their Jericho Library card and proof of their child’s age (birth certificate, birth announcement or passport) to the circulation desk. The child will be issued a yellow Preschool Program Registration card. This card can be used to register the child for programs online or with the Children’s Room directly (in person or by phone). Once the child turns 5 years old they will be notified that they are now eligible for their first Jericho Library card.
- Children 5 years old through 6th grade: Parents or guardians may sign up at the circulation desk for a Jericho Library card for their child. This card may be used for both program registration and checking out library items.
- Jericho district grandparents may bring their Jericho Library card and proof of their grandchild’s age (birth certificate, birth announcement or passport) to the Children’s Room. They will be entered into our database and will be able to register in person or by phone. These children will be wait-listed for the first two weeks of registration and then accepted into programs as space permits.
- Non-residents may call the Children’s Room and be registered the day of the program as space allows. Please provide proof of age for baby and preschool programs.
Children ages 5 and up are eligible to get their first library card. Come into the library and sign up for the library card at the circulation desk. Once the child receives the new library card, he/she will be given a gift the first three times the card is used to check out a book. Children’s pictures will also be posted on our “New Card Holder” display board.
You may choose to receive the Children’s Room email newsletter with updated program information or click here to view programs.
A practice has developed whereby children are left at the library unaccompanied by a responsible older person. Unattended children often become disruptive to other patrons using the library. For the general welfare of all persons using the library, and the safety of children, the following standards have been adopted by the Library Board of Trustees.
It is not the library’s function to offer childcare. The library will contact the Nassau County Police if underage children are left unattended in the library.
All children in grade 2 or younger, shall at all times, be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible person (e.g. an adult or a mature adolescent age 16 or older.)
Children in grades 3 through 5 may use the children’s room when unaccompanied, provided that a responsible person, age 14 or older, remains in the library building.
Preschool children through children in grade 6 are limited to using the computers located in the children’s area. When using the computers, children in grade 2 and lower must, at all times, have an adult sitting with them in the computer area.
Parents, not library staff, are responsible for children’s behavior in the library. Children deemed out of control or disruptive to patrons or library staff will be asked to leave.Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Jericho Public Library December 13, 1988 Revised November 12, 2001
The computers and iPads are for children from preschool age through 6th grade. They can be used from the time the library opens to ½ hour before the library closes.
The Jericho Public Library has no control over the Internet and makes no warranty, expressed or implied, for the timeliness, accuracy, or usefulness of information accessed via the Internet. As with other materials, restrictions of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. Attempts to breach or circumvent workstation or host security within the library or at other Internet sites is strictly prohibited.