A warm welcome awaits you in the Childrenís Room of the Valley Cottage Library. Youíll find a wonderful collection of materials for children of all ages. We also have a charming collection of Early Literacy appropriate toys and activites for little ones, including a puppet theater, puzzles, blocks, and a doll house. For older children, the Children's Room has several computers, study areas, board games, and activities.
A child's library experience can begin in infancy by sharing familiar Mother Goose rhymes and little board books. Preschoolers and early elementary school children enjoy the world of stories and illustration as they choose from a vast array of picture books. Older children explore further worlds of fiction and non-fiction for pleasure as well as school assignments.
The Childrenís Services Staff is dedicated to helping children and their families make full use of our materials and services.
A vast array of developmentally appropriate books, audio visual and other materials are here to be borrowed and enjoyed. We hope youíll use your library often. Itís the best bargain in town!
Melinda J. Watkins
Head of Childrenís Services
Reference: Our Children's Department Reference Staff consists of 2 full time librarians and 5 part-time library assistants.
Computer stations : We have 8 computers with Internet Access and Microsoft Office tools, 4 computers with CD-ROM games only, and one Internet station for adults in the children's room.
Assistance with Inter-library loan: borrow material from any of the 47 public libraries in Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and part of Ulster Counties!
Readerís advisory : We have great Booklists, Bibliographies, and Read-a-like lists.Popular Series Lists
Group visits: Call to schedule a tour of the children's room for your children's organization!
We have several databases online available for students. Please take a look!Student DatabasesNon-Fiction ebooks for Children
Books: Books may be checked out for 28 days. Please limit to 3 per author or subject.
Beginning reader books
Large print eBooks
Parenting collection: a selection of books on topics of interest for parents.Parent's Corner
Magazines: Current and back issues may be checked out for 14 days. Limit of 6 total, max 3 per title. Titles include:
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS
RANGER RICK, JR.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR KIDS
DVDs and Videos: NEW Entertainment DVDs/VHS may be borrowed for 3 days, older ones for 7 days. A total of 6 combined may be checked out per person. Non-fiction DVDs/VHS may be kept for 14 days, with a limit of 3 per subject when combined with books.
Music CD-ROMs/Music Cassettes; Books-on-CDs/ Books-on-Tape: Loan period is 14 days, maximum of 5 per person.
Computer CD-Rom Games: entertainment and educational games for children. 2 per family for 14 days.