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About the Children's Department

We are so glad to have you visit the library! Please read to learn more about our policies and practices. 

  • Parents and guardians must be present to supervise children at all times. Children under the age of 8 may not be left alone in the library. This is for their safety – it may feel cozy, but the library is a large, public space, and we cannot be responsible for all of the children in our department at a given time.
  • Children’s restrooms are located in the back corner of the children’s department. Changing tables are available in the adult restrooms, located in the lower level reception area (near the Storytime Room and the elevator).
  • Food is okay – if you eat it in the right places. We have several food-friendly areas in the library, including the tables in the center of the center of the children’s department (with the colorful chairs) and in the lower level reception area (near the stairs). We simply ask that you be mindful of our library materials (don’t eat with our books or toys), and that you clean up after yourselves. Bottles for infants are an exception – these are welcome anywhere! We also welcome breastfeeding mothers and children wherever they feel most comfortable.
  • Walking feet only! The library is an exciting place, but it is important that we keep it a safe place, too.
  • Voices are welcome! As long as you are in the children’s department, you don’t have to worry about your voice level (unless it is disruptive to other patrons).
  • The library is a space for everyone – and we want to keep it nice for everyone, too! Please be mindful of how you / your child’s behavior may be impacting other patrons, and clean up after yourselves when using our play areas and materials.
  • Patrons who are excessively disruptive to others (playing too roughly, using foul or inappropriate language, or misusing materials) may be asked to leave.

Have a question that isn’t answered here? Contact us or ask at the Children’s Desk – we are always happy to help!