Our children’s librarians need to buy new instructional toys for our play area upstairs.  We are seeking donations from local area toy stores, but we need help from our many patrons and parents, too!  If you would like to make a donation, please bring or send your gift , designated for “toys,” to the library.  All gifts, large or small, will be appreciated more than you can imagine – thank you!



Library Kits Offer Hands-On Fun

for All Ages


The Shepherdstown Library is pleased to announce that there are eight kits available in the Children’s Department, each of which may be borrowed for three weeks. The newest kit is our “Nature in Winter Explorer Pack,” with eight paperbacks plus an activity book compiled by Suzanne Taylor of PVAS, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, with funds from the Nora Roberts Foundation. With glow-in-the-dark winter constellations, instructions for identifying animal tracks and ideas for feeding wild birds, it offers plenty of reasons to be outdoors in winter. Other PVAS packs include “Backyard Habitats,” with pocket guides to urban wildlife, West Virginia birds, and more; a “Reptiles and Amphibians” backpack with field guides as well as songs, puzzles, and craft ideas; and an “Insect Explorer Pack,” with magnifying viewers, a net, a scavenger hunt bandana, and more. Two plastic totes are also available: the “Bird Explorer Teachers Kit” has an electronic birdsongs identifier, twelve binoculars, posters, and lots more supplies for a class. The “Insect Explorer Teachers Kit” has a card game, a clip art CD, and allows students to view the world through “bug eyes.” For anyone interested in geocaching and letterboxing, we offer an “Explore WV Library Geo-kit,” which includes a GPS device.


There is still space available for children to attend our free weekly programs for infants through age twelve, continuing through May 22.


For more information, call us at (304) 876-2783, email splchild@martin.lib.wv.us, or visit the Library at 100 East German Street.



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 community:


Regular Story Hours/Library Visits:



Beginning each year in September and January, our library offers a weekly story time for each of these groups: "Lap Babies and Ones," "Time for Twos," and "Threes, Fours and Fives."

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, the Shepherd University Nursery School, the local Montessori schools, Trinity Church Treasure Kids, and other nearby schools.

Miscellaneous Visits

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.





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