The role of the children's department of
the Shepherdstown Public Library is to provide a "Children's
Gateway to Learning." In this spirit, the SPL Children's
Library maintains a close relationship with the schools and
provides the following services to the children of our
Regular Story Hours/Library Visits:
Beginning each year in September and January, our library offers a weekly story time for each of
groups: "Lap Babies and Ones," "Time for Twos,"
and "Threes, Fours
Weekly after-school story hour and
crafts are for students 5-12 years old.
Story hours and visits are provided
for the Shepherdstown Day Care Center,
University Nursery School, the local Montessori schools,
Trinity Church Treasure Kids, and other nearby schools.
The library welcomes visits from homeschoolers, scout
troops, Shepherdstown Elementary School students, and field trips from other schools. With FOSL support, the Library brings in professional
storytellers whose performances
are provided to the public free of charge. The library also serves the many
elementary, junior high and high school students who come
in search of reference materials for writing contests, science fairs, social studies fairs, and classroom reports. These children have access not only to our collection, but
to interlibrary loans and Internet resources, as well. The
children's department is also frequently used by Shepherd
University students in the field of education.