The Library Children’s Room is the most safe, friendly, and welcoming public facility anywhere for youth. It is a haven for play, learning, socializing, and information seeking. No where outside their homes are children freer, or safer, or more welcome; no where are children surrounded by better influences (thousands of them!) or helped by more caring adults.
This Library plays a key role in the education of Albany’s citizens, of all ages. The Children’s Room and our collections work together to further this educational goal. We offer help with homework and research and with leisure and assigned reading. We gather special collections on request for teachers and students, as well as for caregivers and families.
Summer Reading Survey
The Library would like to invite parents to share their feedback on the Summer Reading Program. A 5 minute survey is available to gather your suggestions and ideas. Thank you for helping us to make this program even better! Take the survey now.
Come to the Children’s Room at the Main or Downtown Carnegie Libraries to pick up your Summer Reading Log. Keep track of the days you read this summer to win prizes! Fun and educational programs and exciting performers will keep kids of all ages engaged and active all summer long. Download and print the schedule of events for preschool age and for those entering grades K-6. Those entering 7th-12th grade may visit the Young Adult section to participate.
The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love. Dive into this collection of kid-friendly e-books here.
This exciting database was designed especially for students in kindergarten through grade five. Research your history homework assignment, find a picture of a salamander, or just have fun learning as you explore here.
Use the AR website from Renaissance Learning to find the levels and points of your favorite titles. Or use the advanced search feature to browse titles at your interest and reading level, then search the library catalog to see if we have the title. Please ask in the Children’s Room for more help with AR.
Lexile® measures, useful for Common Core curricula, can provide educators with actionable information about a student’s reading ability. Lexile measures enable educators to match the student with books, articles and other reading resources that will provide the right level of challenge for that student’s ability and goals.
About the Children’s Room
If you wish to contact the staff of the Children’s Department with requests, materials purchase suggestions, or any special inquiries, call 541-917-7583, or E-mail directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 30,000 items fill the Children’s Room to answer questions, entertain, teach, and spark the imaginations of Albany’s children.
We offer tens of thousands of picture books, beginning readers, board books, and fiction and nonfiction titles. Other collections include more than 100 circulating puppets, 1,500 feature films and informational videos, phonics instruction materials, Spanish language shelves, music on CD, and educational and recreational computer games in all formats.
Our parents’ shelf contains a broad array of helpful books on parenting, homeschooling, child development, social problems, and home-based caregiver materials to enable children and their families to thrive in a changing world.
For toddlers and prereaders and for older kids needing to relax, we offer stuffed toys, houses and barns and fantasy toy islands, toy phones, chess, checkers, 30 sets of Brain Quest cards, wooden puzzles, board games, coloring books, scratch paper, and crayons.
The Children’s Room is furnished with comfortable, age-appropriate furniture, with lots of seating, secluded reading areas, and two study carrels.
We are generous with our office supplies for students who need them.
The Children’s Room offers seven computers for public use. Six computers are unfiltered Internet access workstations, with word processing and games included, for Library patrons younger than 18, or for adults accompanying children in the room. There are also four public computer catalogs to look up material in the Library’s collections, and Oregon’s only self-check machine in a children’s area. All computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A seventh workstation features 30 educational software products aimed at kids under 12 years old with easy menus, and a kid-friendly mouse and keyboard.
Unattended Children Policy
To provide for the general welfare of all persons and to ensure the safety of children using the Albany Public Library, the policy of the Albany Public Library is:
- The Library cannot be responsible for children left unattended in the Library.
- Children under 10 years of age, shall, at all times, be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible caregiver at least 12 years old who shall be responsible for the child’s activity and behavior. Children should be in sight of their caregiver at all times.
- If a child is left in the Library or outside the Library after closing hours, an attempt will be made to reach the child’s parents or caregivers. If they cannot be reached, the Albany Police Department will be called after 15 minutes.
- The Oregon Revised Statutes (163.545) state: “A person having custody or control of a child under 10 years of age commits the crime of child neglect in the second degree if, with criminal negligence, the person leaves the child unattended in or at any place for such period of time as may be likely to endanger the health or welfare of such child.”
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