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Welcome to Your Children’s Department

 
Serving children, families and the community since 1966

We’re Here to Serve You

Need help finding children’s resources and activities? With 50+ years of combined knowledge, education and experience in children’s services, the Children’s Department staff is ready to serve you. We recognize that children have unique developmental, emotional and social needs. Our goal is to provide a safe yet stimulating environment to help children learn and grow. 

World Book Early Learning eResource

Click here for Children's SnapShots booklists

Reading Olympics Elementary Level  


 

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Children’s Programs and Services

We are committed to developing early literacy skills in young children. Story times are offered several times a week for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. In addition, we host a Summer Reading Club for children in preschool through entering sixth grade. Other free programs offered throughout the year include book discussions, art workshops, family movie nights and science classes. Our popular Doggone Good Readers program gives children in grades 1-5 a chance to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to registered therapy dogs.

Intelligent kids readingResources

The Children’s Department offers a wide selection of print, digital and media materials. All of these resources may be checked out for free with a valid library card:

  • Kindles for Kids (e-readers)
  • Board books for babies and toddlers
  • Picture books (including easy science, career, bilingual and language arts books)
  • Easy readers and chapter books
  • Graphic novels
  • Nonfiction books
  • Big books and themed story time kits for classroom sharing
  • Parent-teacher books, audiobooks and DVDs
  • Read-along book/CD sets
  • Children’s movies (DVD and Blu-Ray)
  • Children’s music CDs
  • Playaway audiobooks and books on CD
  • Playaway Launchpads (tablets containing educational games)
  • Children’s e-books and e-audiobooks, available through our website

Community Outreach

The Children’s Department provides a variety of outreach services to the Abington Township/Rockledge Borough community. These services include:

  • Story times presented at nursery schools and day care centers
  • Parent/teacher workshops to promote literacy and use of library resources
  • School visits to promote summer reading
  • Participation in community fairs and events
  • Library visits and tours
Smiling boy building a tower The Children’s Department welcomes the opportunity to partner with local community organizations. If you have a program suggestion, or would like our staff to visit your school or organization, please contact us at (215) 885-5180, ext. 128.

Did you know that the Abington Free Library Children’s Department offers:

  • Playaway Launchpads (tablets loaded with educational games for ages 3-10)
  • A Play Center stocked with puzzles, games and building kits to encourage creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Two preschool iPads, four Internet computers, two online catalog computers and a laptop for use during Library visits
  • Story time kits on themes such as Colors, Community Helpers, Gardening and Planting, and Weather—perfect for your next class or program!
  • Print and online reading lists (look for Children’s Book SnapShots on our website)
  • Service learning opportunities for older children and teens
  • Opportunities for community residents to develop and lead programs (fresh ideas are always welcome)
  • Kindles for Kids (e-readers)

 


POWER Kids logoeResources for Kids

Use these online websites for fun and homework help. 

BookFlix 

hooplamovies, television shows, music, eAudiobooks, eBooks, Comic Books and Graphic Novels.
InfoTrac Student Edition Kanopy: on-demand video streaming service
LearningExpress Libby or OverDrive - downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks
POWER Kids RBDigital - digital magazines
Science Reference Center
TrueFLIX - science and social studies films and help for 3-6 graders
TumbleBooks  


 


 

Jessica gave a story time
to the Pre-K Class of
Abington Presbyterian
Nursery School.
They sent her
thank you letters!
Click here to see all of them
! 
The Pre-K Class of Abington Presbyterian Nursery School Thank you letters The Pre-K Class of Abington Presbyterian Nursery School Thank you letters
The Pre-K Class of Abington Presbyterian Nursery School Thank you letters The Pre-K Class of Abington Presbyterian Nursery School Thank you letters

 

(Photo right: Kennedy Garner used her favorite library where she could spread out on one of the many tables available, find the source materials from our large collection with the help of our librarians and piece together her poster in peace and quiet. Come, use our facilities for a guaranteed "A" – which we know Kennedy will receive for her poster!) Kennedy Garner used her favorite library where she could spread out on one of the many tables available, find the source materials from our large collection and piece together her poster in peace and quiet. Come, use our facilities for a guaranteed A – which we know Kennedy will receive for her poster!

Childrens Policies

Childrens Holiday Materials

  • 4 items per holiday per card (excluding media items: DVDs, audiobooks and music CDs)
  • No Renewals
  • During the 30 days preceding a holiday: Items circulate for 1 week.
  • During the rest of the year: Items circulate for 3 weeks.

SAFE CHILDREN POLICY

The Abington Township Public Libraries staff and Board of Trustees hope that children using our libraries will find them a warm and inviting place to be. The happiness and safety of young children left alone at the Library is a serious concern. Left on their own, they often become frightened or anxious. If left unattended for any length of time when no Library program is being offered, they often become bored, restless, and disruptive. Therefore, the following policy has been established:

Library staff members cannot assume responsibility for the care, safety, or well-being of children in the Library. Therefore, parent/caregivers may not leave children age ten or under unattended in the Libraries. Parents/caregivers are responsible for the behavior of their minor children while in the Library, whether the child is accompanied or unaccompanied by a parent/guardian.

 

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Upcoming Kids Events

Event Event datesort descending Location
Saturday Lego® Club - Special Dec. 28 LEGO® CLUB! 12/14/2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 12/19/2019 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Playdate on Avondale Ave 12/20/2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Roslyn
Stitch and Chat 12/20/2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Roslyn
Saturday Lego® Club - Special Dec. 28 LEGO® CLUB! 12/21/2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm Roslyn
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 12/24/2019 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 12/24/2019 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 12/25/2019 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 12/25/2019 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Playdate on Avondale Ave 12/27/2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Roslyn
Stitch and Chat 12/27/2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Roslyn
Saturday Lego® Club - Special Dec. 28 LEGO® CLUB! 12/28/2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm Roslyn
Lego Club - Robots on Parade 12/28/2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Roslyn
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 12/31/2019 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 12/31/2019 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 01/01/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 01/01/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 01/02/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Playdate on Avondale Ave 01/03/2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Roslyn
Stitch and Chat 01/03/2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Roslyn
Saturday Lego® Club - Special Dec. 28 LEGO® CLUB! 01/04/2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 01/06/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 01/07/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Baby Days ages 6 months - 2 years 01/07/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 01/09/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Roslyn Branch Pre-school Story Times for ages 3-5 01/09/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Playdate on Avondale Ave 01/10/2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Roslyn
Stitch and Chat 01/10/2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Roslyn
Saturday Lego® Club - Special Dec. 28 LEGO® CLUB! 01/11/2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 01/13/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 01/14/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Baby Days ages 6 months - 2 years 01/14/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 01/16/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Roslyn Branch Pre-school Story Times for ages 3-5 01/16/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Saturday Lego® Club - Special Dec. 28 LEGO® CLUB! 01/18/2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 01/20/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 01/21/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Baby Days ages 6 months - 2 years 01/21/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 01/23/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Roslyn Branch Pre-school Story Times for ages 3-5 01/23/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Djembe - African Drum Circle 01/25/2020 - 11:00am to 11:45am Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 01/27/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 01/28/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Baby Days ages 6 months - 2 years 01/28/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Star Wars Party 01/28/2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm Abington
“Oh, Baby!” Story Times 01/29/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Roslyn Branch Pre-school Story Times for ages 3-5 01/30/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Therapy Dogs - Doggone Good Readers 02/01/2020 - 10:15am to 10:45am Abington
Therapy Dogs - Doggone Good Readers 02/01/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 02/03/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 02/04/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Baby Days ages 6 months - 2 years 02/04/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
“Oh, Baby!” Story Times 02/05/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Roslyn Branch Pre-school Story Times for ages 3-5 02/06/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Build-a-Mania 02/06/2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 02/10/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 02/11/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Baby Days ages 6 months - 2 years 02/11/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
“Oh, Baby!” Story Times 02/12/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Roslyn Branch Pre-school Story Times for ages 3-5 02/13/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Tuskegee Airmen “A Moment With Living History.” 02/16/2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 02/17/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 02/18/2020 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Baby Days ages 6 months - 2 years 02/18/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Roslyn Branch Pre-school Story Times for ages 3-5 02/20/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Baby Days ages 6 months - 2 years 02/25/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
“Oh, Baby!” Story Times 02/26/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Roslyn Branch Pre-school Story Times for ages 3-5 02/27/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Baby Days ages 6 months - 2 years 03/03/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
“Oh, Baby!” Story Times 03/04/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Roslyn Branch Pre-school Story Times for ages 3-5 03/05/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Therapy Dogs - Doggone Good Readers 03/07/2020 - 10:15am to 10:45am Abington
Therapy Dogs - Doggone Good Readers 03/07/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Jameson Sisters with Terry Kane 03/08/2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm Abington
“Oh, Baby!” Story Times 03/11/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Amelia Earhart: Determined Spirit 03/11/2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm Abington
Build-a-Mania 04/02/2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm Abington
Therapy Dogs - Doggone Good Readers 04/04/2020 - 10:15am to 10:45am Abington
Therapy Dogs - Doggone Good Readers 04/04/2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 04/12/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 04/12/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
FLEA MARKET, BOOK & SPRING PLANT SALE 04/25/2020 - 9:30am to 3:30pm Abington
Local Author Expo 04/25/2020 - 9:30am to 4:30pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 05/23/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 05/23/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 05/24/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 05/24/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 05/25/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 05/25/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 07/04/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 07/04/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 09/05/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 09/05/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 09/06/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 09/06/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 09/07/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 09/07/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Abington Free Library Holidays 11/03/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Closed Wednesday before Thanksgiving at 5 p.m. 11/25/2020 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 11/26/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 11/26/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 12/24/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 12/24/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 12/25/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 12/25/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington
Roslyn Branch Library Holidays 12/31/2020 - 9:00am to 9:00pm Roslyn
Abington Free Library Holidays 12/31/2020 - 9:30am to 9:00pm Abington