Children’s Room

Children’s Librarian Barbara Grace helps tweens at "Decorate Valentine’s Day Cake Pops" on 2/11/19.

Children’s Librarian Barbara Grace helps tweens at “Decorate Valentine’s Day Cake Pops” on 2/11/19.

Children’s Librarian Donna Furey helps children and parents as they return the candy-filled eggs they found during the 'Spring Egg Hunt' on 3/28/16.

Children’s Librarian Donna Furey helps children & parents as they return the candy-filled eggs they found at the ‘Spring Egg Hunt’ on 3/28/16.

The Children’s Room of the Library is specifically designed to to serve children from 18 months of age through grade 5. Here they will find a large selection of books, audiobooks on CD, and magazines. There are also computers with varied electronic resources to assist students and parents with school assignments

Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Priority for registration and participation is given to children who are Garden City Public Library cardholders. Check the Calendar of Events, and watch for program flyers.

The Children’s Room is a student’s (and parent’s) greatest asset for school assignments. The librarians can recommend a good book for a book report or help choose non-fiction and reference books for a research project. They can also show you how to use the databases.

Many teachers in the Garden City School District let the Library know when a report is planned. The librarians choose the appropriate books and put them in our special “School Assignments” section with the teacher’s name on the shelf . If you are looking for an Accelerated Reader, the Library has the AR lists for Stewart and Stratford schools. If you need help with a book report or project, the Library is the place to check out for what you need.

photo of FunStuff Express presenters using stuffing machine to create toys

Fun Stuff Express conducted a stuffed-creation program on 2/29/20.

Come visit the Children’s Room to take a look at the new Special Needs Collection. The collection covers topics such as ADD, asthma, autism, cancer, diabetes, deafness, gluten-free eating, Tourette’s syndrome, and having a friend with a special need. Currently there are books (both fiction and non-fiction), DVDs, music, and games available. The games are appropriate for the preschool-Grade 2 child with special needs. They may be checked out for a two week period of time. The collection will continue to be expanded as time goes on.

Whether you’re looking to find books on a certain accelerated reader level or looking to see if a specific book is on the accelerated reader’s List, the children’s librarians can help! Just come to the Children’s Room, where we have the Accelerated Reader Lists for both Stewart and Stratford Schools. You can browse through the lists or ask a librarian for help in finding a book that is both interesting and at the right level for your child.

A view of a mural in the Story Time Room, featuring Hickory Dickory Dock, Alice in Wonderland, Corduroy, Curioius George, Madeline & Spot

Mural in the Story Time Room, featuring Hickory Dickory Dock, Alice in Wonderland, Corduroy, Curioius George, Madeline & Spot

The walls of the Story Time Room have a mural of favorite storybook and nursery-rhyme characters for children to enjoy. The mural was drawn and painted by Library Aides Liane Mallon and Amelie Alford.

Such favorite characters of children’s storybooks as Arthur, Curious George, Max and Ruby, and Madeline adorn the walls. In addition, classic literary characters like Alice in Wonderland and nursery rhymes like “Hickory Dickory Dock” offer children the opportunity to test their knowledge about traditional children’s stories and rhymes. Librarians Barbara Grace, Donna Furey, and Laura Giunta have surprised children visiting the Children’s Room by inviting class visits and story-time participants to name all the characters and stories that they recognize.

Contact the Children’s Room at 742-8405 x215.