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,"
"Time for Twos," "Three-Five Year Old,"
and "After School Story Time." 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
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.