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Welcome to Your Children’s Department

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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.

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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:

  • 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:

  • Monthly book deliveries to home daycare providers
  • 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. 28.

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)

 


eResources for Kids

Use these online websites for fun and homework help. 

BookFlix
Primary Search Main Edition
LearningExpress Science Reference Center
Middle School Student Research TumbleBooks
Middle Search Main Edition World Book eBooks
OverDrive - downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks Zinio - digital magazines
POWER Kids  

 

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!

 (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!)


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.

No Unattended Children under Age Nine Policy

The Abington Township Public Library staff and Board of Trustees hope that children using our Library will find it 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, parents or caregivers may not leave children age eight or under unattended in the Children's Department when no program is being offered. Children may not be left alone in any other part of the Library at any time, and parents are responsible for the behavior of their children of any age while in the Library.

Upcoming Kids Events

Event Event datesort descending Location
Join Us for Story Time! 03/30/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Doggone Good Readers 04/01/2017 - 10:15am to 10:45am Abington
Doggone Good Readers 04/01/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 04/03/2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 04/03/2017 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 04/04/2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Baby Days 04/04/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 04/06/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 04/06/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Build-a-Mania 04/06/2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm Abington
Word/Play: Writing and Yoga for Parents and Kids 04/08/2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 04/10/2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 04/10/2017 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 04/11/2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Baby Days 04/11/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 04/13/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 04/13/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Silly Joe Sings! - National Library Week 04/13/2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm Abington
Join Us for Story Time! 04/17/2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 04/17/2017 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm Roslyn
Scribble Bots - Ages 8-12 04/17/2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm Abington
Scribble Bots - Ages 8-12 04/17/2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm Abington
Silly Joe Sings! - National Library Week 04/17/2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 04/18/2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am Abington
Baby Days 04/18/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Join Us for Story Time! 04/20/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 04/20/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Friends' Spring Flea Market, Book and Plant Sidewalk Sale 04/22/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm Abington
Local Author Expo 04/22/2017 - 9:30am to 4:30pm Abington
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 04/24/2017 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm Roslyn
Baby Days 04/25/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Do You See What I See? A hands-on science program for families with children ages 3-10 04/25/2017 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm Abington
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 04/27/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 05/01/2017 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm Roslyn
Baby Days 05/02/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 05/04/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 05/08/2017 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm Roslyn
Baby Days 05/09/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 05/11/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 05/15/2017 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm Roslyn
Baby Days 05/16/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Preschool Story Time - Ages 2-5 05/18/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Baby Days 05/23/2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn