Collections

NewNewBooksThe Children’s Room houses a collection chosen to meet the informational and recreational reading needs of children from infancy to sixth grade, their parents, caregivers and educators.  The Children’s Collection consists of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, audio/visual materials and Learning Materials. Games,puzzles, and puppets are available for borrowing as well as for enjoying in the Children’s Room.

Non-Print Collection

Children’s Audiobooks (JBD)

“Blue Bags”: Children’s Audio/Visual materials (JAV), featuring read-along picture books accompanied by a CD or cassette tape. The Learning Materials (LM) collection includes flashcards, literacy games, math manipulatives, and other resources for caregivers and children to enjoy together.

Children’s DVD (JDV) and CD (JCD) collections are set aside in the children’s room for our younger patrons to use.

An extensive online reference collection is  available via the Reference Department’s Database directory. For other web resources recommended by the Youth Services staff, please click here.

Print Collection

The Children’s Room features a large Easy/Picture Book (EAS/EPB) collection and a Toddler (ETO) collection with board books for our youngest patrons.

A Primer (JP) collection includes books of varying reading levels for beginning readers.

The Juvenile Fiction (JF) collection, as well as popular Paperback Series (JSE), Mysteries (JMY), Newbery Award winners, and a beginning chapter book collection for children in Grades 2 and 3 (GR 2&3).

A print Reference Collection (JRF) with general and subject encyclopedias, atlases, and dictionaries, is available for use in the library.

Children’ magazines and periodicals (JMA) are available on a wide range of topics. Most issues are able to be checked out, with the exception of the current, most recent issue.

The Juvenile Nonfiction (JNF) collection includes age-appropriate biographies and informational resources for homework and enjoyment. The collection also includes five multimedia science kits funded by a Science Reference Grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Special collections of circulating materials include books in Foreign Languages (JFR), Braille books (JBR), a Juvenile Science Projects collection (within JNF, before the 500s), and a Juvenile Classics (JCL) collection established in memory of Patricia Weilbrenner.

The Children’s Room also features a Parent-Teacher (PT) collection, which consists of books, magazines, and videos to help both adults and children deal with a wide spectrum of family issues and social situations. Subjects of interest to teachers and caregivers also are included in this collection. The Parent-Teacher collection also contains picture books (PT E) on special topics that parents may wish to share with their children.