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The Children's Department is a warm and welcoming area for children, their caregivers, teachers, day care providers, and anyone who is interested in children's literature. We have an extensive collection of materials for children from birth to age 12 and their caregivers. Our space features a number of puzzles, blocks, and other manipulative and imaginative toys. Our aim is to offer such a comfortable and fun environment that no one wants to leave!

Baby Story Time Song Sheets

It's never to early to learn! Talking, reading and singing to your baby is beneficial to the development of your child's brain- and its good for you too! Here are some song sheets you can download to sing with your wee one, curated by Miss Hannah. 


You can watch Miss Hannah demonstrate these songs on her Baby Story Time playlist below!


Beanstack is the world’s easiest way to keep track of all the books you read. When you create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family, you’re instantly connected to your local library’s reading programs, so you’ll get credit for every minute and every page. We’ll keep all your stats for you, cheer you on while you work towards your program goals, and let you know when you’ve earned prizes. When your library’s program ends, you keep your account, and your reading history—it’s always free, and you can keep right on logging your leisure reading. When the next library program comes around, no need to re-register—just click on it, and you’re in.


Children's Take & Makes

DIY CraftsEach month a new Take & Make craft is set out in the Children's area. Drop by and pick up an envelope containing all you'll need for a 'do-at-home' craft. Basic supplies such as glue and scissors will not be included in the craft envelopes. Pick them up early so you don't miss out! Take & Make crafts are free, courtesy of the Friends of the Gates Public Library!

This month's Take & Make Craft: Handprint Apple Tree

Interested in Take & Makes from previous months?

Below are links to instructions on how to make them!

Homeschooling Resources

Whether you've made the decision to homeschool or you're still considering the option, here are resources to offer help and guidance:

Children's News

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August Storytimes

Aug 11th, 2021 at 10:49 AM

Here's a calendar to keep handy with our August storytime schedule!
Baby Storytime - For ages 0-2 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and more, followed by playtime.
Storytime with Mary Jo and Storytime with Hannah - For ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and more, followed by snacks and playtime.
Time for Tots - For ages 1-5 with a caregiver. 40 minutes of free play, followed by snacks and a brief storytime.
Masks are strongly encouraged for all individuals over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status.

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StoryWalk at Wegman Road Park

Jul 9th, 2021 at 10:00 AM

The StoryWalk Project® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. Our StoryWalk was created through a collaborative project between the Gates Public Library and the Gates Recreation Department. Visit our updated StoryWalk at Wegman Road Park to read Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses!

Pete the Cat

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Chess Club for Kids

Apr 27th, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Join us for Chess club every other Monday beginning April 26 at 6:30PM in the Community Space. Kids under the age of 18, who know how to play chess, are welcome to join. Parents are also welcome to stay. For more information & to register, follow the link here:

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Apr 16th, 2021 at 1:35 PM

Mary Jo and Hannah are excited to announce the start of IN-PERSON STORYTIMES AT WESTGATE PARK!! Thanks to our friends at Gates Recreation and Parks Department, Hannah will be holding storytimes every Tuesday and Mary Jo will be holding storytimes every Thursday starting on Thursday, April 22nd at 10:15 am!
Storytimes will be held in the enclosed shelter at Westgate Park (1489 Howard Rd). Masks will be required at all times, and we ask that you stay home if you're feeling sick! Registration is REQUIRED for these programs, and can only be done in person or over the phone. Give us a call today to reserve your spot!
We can't WAIT to see you!!!!

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