About Us

It’s Easy with E-mail
Getting Your First Library Card
Born to Read: New Baby Kits
Unattended Child Policy
Computer Area Guidelines

Our young patrons, from infants to older elementary school-aged children, will enjoy a multitude of fun and educational experiences at the library.  In the children’s room there are books, magazines, audio books, CDs and CD-ROMs. There are also recreational and educational DVDs. Children’s reference librarians assist youngsters with all their informational and recreational needs.  The children’s room has a computer area where children may play educational and recreational games.  The computers provide access to the Internet as well as word processing programs and online databases. 

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 computer they can find what they need Be “tween” fifth and sixth.

We offer a year-round programming schedule.  These activities include storytimes, movement programs, musical programs, crafts, 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.

It’s Easy with E-mail:
Record your e-mail address with us and we will notify you of age appropriate programs via e-mail. These are the steps:

  • Come to the children’s room with proof of your child’s date of birth. You may use a birth announcement, birth certificate, etc.
  • Fill out our patron e-mail form.
  • We will notify you via e-mail of age appropriate programs.
  • Pick up the phone and register for any program that does not require a materials fee, tickets or a book for a book discussion.

Getting Your First Library Card:

Children age 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.

Born to Read: New Baby Kits:

For parents of infants under one year: Bring your baby’s birth certificate or birth announcement 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.


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 though 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

Computer Area Rules



  • Computer usage is limited to ½ hour per day if anyone is waiting.
  • Children  may request up to two in-house CD ROMs.
  • Preschool age children through grade 2 must be accompanied in the computer area by an adult at all times.
  • Patrons are asked not to turn off any computer equipment.
  • The computers will be turned off 30 minutes before the library closes.

The Jericho Public Library has no control over the Internet network 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.

"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people." --Andrew Carnegie