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Kids Homepage

Welcome to Library Children’s Room! It is a haven for play, learning, socializing, and information seeking.

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.

2016 Summer Reading Program

Beginning June 1, kids from age 0 to 18 are invited to sign up for the Summer Reading Program at either Albany Public Library building, to log the days when they read (or listen to reading) to earn prizes including free books, free food coupons from local restaurants, a ticket to the Cool! Pool, a ticket to a Portland Trailblazers game, admission to the Oregon State Fair, and a ticket to go pick blueberries or apples. We also offer free educational programs scheduled on mornings, afternoons, and evenings to try to accommodate a variety of families’ schedules.

Children ages 0-5

Elementary School Age Children

girl on phoneContact Us

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




boy looking for bookCollections

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, 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.


kids computersComputers

The Children’s Room offers computers with unfiltered Internet access workstations, with word processing and games included, for Library patrons younger than 18, or for adults accompanying children in the room.  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.



Featured Resources


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.




Kids InfoBits

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.

View all kid’s database here, or check out the complete list of library databases here.


Accelerated Reader (AR)

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 Framework for Reading

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.



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