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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:

Scarecrow Paper Bag Craft & Scarecrow Template

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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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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Dance Party: April 9 at 9:15AM

Mar 31st, 2021 at 3:14 PM

Exciting news! Mary Jo and Hannah will be hosting an in-person Dance Party on Friday April 9th at 9:15 before the library is open! The dance party will be held in our atrium, and attendees will have their own, socially distanced squares to dance in!
Groups can start registering today. Each group will be limited to 4 people. Masks are required at all times, and we ask that you stay home if you are not feeling well!
Registration is required and must be done either over the phone or in person. So stop in or call today!

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Take Your Child to the Library Day

Feb 3rd, 2021 at 4:38 PM

Saturday February 6th is Take Your Child to the Library Day!

Library staff are excited to celebrate with you with an open invitation to stop by the Gates Public Library on Saturday!

There will be a full day, drop-in Library Word Hunt (with sharks!) much like the Turkey Word Hunt we did back in November. There will be 10 sharks hidden around the building with library themed words! Pick up a word sheet and record all 10 words with their corresponding sharks. Once you’ve done this, stop at the front desk to claim your prize!
This program does not require registration and will be going on the whole day!

To keep the fun going, there will be a magnetic fishing game set up in the atrium with prizes for all the brave fishermen and fisherwomen! The best part yet, our very own library shark, Phinneas, will be making an appearance around 2 pm! Stop by to give him a high five and take a photo or two! He can’t wait to see you!

We are looking forward to celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day with all of you!

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Holiday StoryWalk

Dec 4th, 2020 at 3:32 PM

Come visit our StoryWalk located outside the Gates Public Library on the front windows! This month's StoryWalk features The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore with illustrations by Loren Long. Fun for the whole family!

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