Children

ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S ROOM

There’s so much for children to do at Forbush Memorial Library. We have an incredible book collection, CD’s, an extensive audio-book collection, magazines, and parenting books.

Our library staff is always willing to help you find the library materials you would like to borrow for your child.

Story hours are another great way to for your children to discover books and authors they enjoy. Detailed information about our current story hours is outlined below.

table and chairs with puzzle, and stuffed animals
Play Area

Our play area includes puzzles, coloring pages, and imaginative play centers for children and their parents and caregivers to enjoy together.

Distinguishing between toys that go in the “kitchen” or the “garage shelves” involves sorting, a skill that will help the child become school ready.  As children move to other toys, they need to first put away the ones they have used, recognizing the appropriate place to put them.  Signs assist parents and caregivers in helping their children with these skills.

Please note that parents and caregivers are responsible for insuring the toys chosen for their children are age appropriate and that all toys played with, no matter how briefly, are put away. We also ask that no child with a contagious condition, even a cold, play with the toys in this busy, publicly used, play area.

STORY HOURS

Story hours are a great way to help your child get excited about books and reading. Some storytimes include a craft or a snack. Crafts are generally designed for children age 3 and older.  Color pages may be provided for younger children. It is up to the parent/caregiver to determine the appropriateness of the craft.

Story Hour schedule:

Fall Story Hour Series begins September 20th – No Registration Required!

Please join us for stories, songs, and a theme related craft.  We have three drop-in story hour to choose from so that you have maximum flexibility!

On Wednesdays we will be having a story hour at 10 AM and at 11 AM. These story hour are for children ages 2 – 5. A snack and craft will be included. Coloring pages will be available for children under age 3.

On Thursdays we have a story hour at 11 AM. This story hour is for children up to age 6. A craft will be included. Color pages will be available for children under age 3. No snack is served at the Thursday program.

 

Baby and Toddler Program, Thursdays at 10:15 AM – No Registration is Required!

Please join us for this program for our youngest patrons. The program includes songs, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and movement. The program is 30 minutes in length.

Following the program, children and caregivers can socialize prior to the 11 AM story hour and continue in our play area. Siblings are welcome and no registration is required. We hope to see you there!

For more information please contact the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.

Circle Fun Time with Special Guest, Jana – Friday, 10 AM

September 29th, October 13th, 20th & 27th

Please join Jana for a fun-filled program of play, songs, stories, and activities.  This program is for children aged 0-5.

Jana’s program takes place on most Fridays.  Jana is our special guest presenter, employed by the schools, so is generally not available when school is on holiday.

As always, please check the Calendar of Events on this website for the most up-to-date information.

Always feel free to contact the Children’s Librarian, Amy D. Kuilema at 978-874-7416 or akuilema@cwmars.org for more information.

CHILDREN’S ROOM COMPUTERS

We currently have two computers that can be used to access our online catalog or for internet access for children in the 5th grade or under. A parent or guardian must supervise the children and sign a permission form. Please read the Internet Access Policy here

TELESCOPE

Discovering the night sky and planets with a child can be an extremely exciting and educational experience!  The Children’s Room has many books and guides to assist you in your exploration.  Your child’s imagination might also be sparked to explore storybooks featuring out-of-this-world characters!

The library’s high-powered telescope is now available for loan to any interested Westminster resident. Reservations for a week’s borrowing can be made at the main circulation desk or by calling 978-874-7416 during library hours.  You do not have to be a Westminster resident to reserve the telescope.