Children's Services

To register for a program you may call 248-7363 ext 4 OR you can register in person in the Children's Room. Preference will be given to SRPL card holders.

Craft and Food Programs fill up quickly. Please register as soon as possible for these programs. We do not maintain "waitlists" for our programs.

For programs such as Tots Night Out, etc. siblings are welcome but the craft/activity is for the registered child only.

Programs require that participants be within a certain age range, these guidelines are used to ensure a pleasant experience for all participants. Age requirements will be enforced; thank you for understanding.

Please be advised if you are 7 or more minutes late for a program/event you may not be able to participate and your spot will go to a standby participant.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten


The Shelter Rock Public Library Children's Room invites you and your child to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. This free program encourages you to read 1000 books before your child starts kindergarten - a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read. If you read just one book a day for a year that equals 365 books, 730 books in two years, and 1095 in three years!

  • Ongoing registration is for families with children from birth through age 5 not yet enrolled in kindergarten.
  • A book can be read more than once; repeated reading of favorite books is encouraged!
  • To sign up visit the Children's Room and pick up your book log. After logging 100 books your child will receive a prize and reading log for the next 100 books.
  • Upon completion of the program your child will receive a special certificate. 


Looking Ahead to Summer 2018

Join us this summer as we celebrate reading! We encourage children and their families to participate in our Summer Reading Programs to help maintain their reading skills. This year, the theme for the Summer Reading Program for children entering Grades 1-5 as of September is Libraries Rock! Preschoolers, Kindergartners and their families are encouraged to join the Little Rockers Read-to-Me Program. Registration for all participants will begin Monday, June 11th. Children may begin recording the titles of books read on Monday, June 25th and may record until Monday, August 6th. Additional information about our upcoming programs can be found at the library. Hope to see you here soon! 


Rock the Library Quest

scavenger hunt 1503859733Children in Grades 1-5 will have a grand adventure while developing puzzle solving, music composition and research skills! they explore the library in search of the secret source of all music: Heart and Soul! Tracking down hidden clues that reveal instruments, notes and rhythms- then use them to create music together! They employ deductive reasoning, solve puzzles, work cooperatively and learn to use the library catalog and the Dewey Decimal System to find different types of books. Participants have their own items to find and proceed at their own pace. EVERYONE SUCCEEDS! 

Wednesday, June 27th at 11:15 AM

Registration begins Tuesday, June 12th


Postcard Pageant

Are you traveling this summer? Send us a postcard! Whether you are traveling to Manhattan for the day or Madagascar for a month, we would love to hear from you. Send us a postcard with one fact you learned about the place you visited. Be sure to sign your name (do not include your address or phone number). You can send us as many postcards as you like but they must be different places. You may also bring the postcards to the library when you return from your travels. The postcards will be on display through the summer in the Children's Room. At the end of the summer one random postcard will be selected to win a prize. Happy Travels!

Our mailing address is:

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165 Searingtown Road

Albertson, NY 11507-1521


Great Beginnings

greatThis program of stories, simple songs, fingerplays, and rhymes is designed for children ages 12-23 months with a parent or caregiver.

Choose one of the following sessions:

Session One, Mondays at 10:15 AM; July 9 - August 6

Registration begins Tuesday, June 19th


Toddler Storytime

small girl readingDesigned for toddlers 2-3 1/2 with a parent or caregiver as a program of stories, simple songs, fingerplays and rhymes with other toddlers and their parents. 

Choose one of the following sessions:

Session One: Thursdays, 10:15 AM, July 12 - August 9th

Registration begins Tuesday, June 19th 


Preschool Storytime

storytime2Designed for children ages 3-5, this is a program of stories, simple songs, fingerplays and rhymes with other preschoolers. Please note: Tuesday Preschool is for children only but the parent/caregiver must remain in the building.

Choose one of the following sessions:

Session One: Thursdays, 11:15 AM, July 11 - August 8th

Registration begins Tuesday, June 19th


Baby Storytime

storytimeThis program of short stories, simple songs, bounces and play time is designed for children ages 6-12 months with a parent or caregiver.

Tuesdays, July 10 - August 7 at 10:15 AM

Registration begins Tuesday, June 19th


Tot's Night Out

night owlFamilies with children ages 2-5 years are invited to participate in a program of songs, stories and a craft.

Monday, June 18th at 7:00 PM

Registration begins on Monday, May 7th


Beach Baby Blanket

donald beachFor Children ages 6 months to 2 years with a caregiver. Kick off the summer reading program with our little ones! This half hour program is designed to introduce young children to the love of music, movement, early literacy and reading! Activities will include singing, dancing, circle time, finger plays and beach ball fun! Please bring a colorful beach towel to sit on!

Friday, June 8th from 9:30 to 10:00 AM

Registration began Friday, May 25th


1, 2, 3 Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

muppet babiesjpgChildren ages 2 1/2 to 5 years (not yet in K) with an adult /caregiver will join A Time for Kids for this interactive, educational prgraom that stimulates and engages thinking as they explore, play and build together. There will be singing, dancing, building, storytelling and make a craft to bring home.

Friday, June 8th from 10:15 to 11:15 AM

Registration began Friday, May 25th


Jump For Joy

jumping for joyDance, sing and play with costumes, musical instruments, puppets and more. For children ages 18 months to 4 years with a caregiver

Saturday, June 9th at 10:00 AM

Registration begins Saturday, May 25th


Bubble Brainstorm

1222bubblesChildren in Grades 3-5 will explore the properties of bubbles, make their own bubble blowing tools and blow lots of bubbles!

Tuesday, June 26th at 11:00 AM

Registration begins Tuesday, June 12th


Microbes & Microscopes

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Tuesday, June 26th at 1:00 PM

Registration begins Tuesday, June 12th


Board Game Morning

board gamesChildren in Grades K-5 are invited to play board games with teens and win prizes. Snacks will be provided.

Friday, June 29th from 10:15 to 11:30 AM

Registration begins Tuesday, June 12th


Animal Bingo

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Grades PreK to K

Mondays, July 2nd from 10:15 to 11:00 AM

Grades 1 to 3

Monday, July 2nd from 2:15 to 3:00 PM

Registration begins Tuesday, June 19th



chess piecesChildren in grades 2-5 are invited to play Chess with teen volunteers. Experienced chess players only.

Monday, July 9th from 4-5 PM

Registration begins on Monday, June 25th


Book Buddies

readingA read-along program for our children ages 3-7. Young Adult volunteers from our community will share picture books with youngsters registered for this program. Children already reading can practice their reading skills with the YA volunteers.

Tuesdays, July 10, 17 and 24th at 7:00 PM

Registration begins Tuesday, June 26th


Whale Music

whaleDo you like music? Whales do, too! Children ages 3-5 years (with a caregiver) will discover amazing whale facts. Find out how whales sing to each other and touch a whale bone from the loudest creatures on the planet. Design your own whale puppet to take home.

Friday, July 13th at 10 AM

Registration begins on Monday, July 2nd 


Emoji Cupcakes

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Friday, July 13th at 1:00 PM

Registration begins Monday, July 2nd 


2018 Summer Movies

Latest 1The Nut Job

86 Minutes

June 28th at 10:00 AM


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113 Minutes

June 28th at 2:00 PM


the wild life h 2016The Wild Life

91 Minutes

June 28th at 7:00 PM


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115 Minutes

July 5th at 10:00 AM


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109 Minutes

July 12th at 10:00 AM


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130 Minutes

July 19th at 10:00 AM


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87 Minutes

July 26th at 10:00 AM


Registration is NOT required.


Summer Book Chats

Grades K & 1

hiflyguyHi! Fly Guy

by Tedd Arnold

Thursday, July 5th at 7 PM

Registration begins Thursday, June 14th


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by Rob Scotton

Wednesday, July 18th at 7 PM

Registration begins Wednesday, June 27th


Grades 2 & 3

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by Pat Miller

Thursday, July 12th at 7 PM

Registration begins Wednesday, June 20th


61ZHIWrGQpL. SX343 BO1204203200 Night of the Living Worms

by Dave Coverly

Monday, July 30th at 7 PM

Registration begins Monday, July 9th


Grades 4 & 5 


by Pam Munoz Ryan

Wednesday, July 11th at 7 PM


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by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Thursday, August 2nd at 7 PM

Registration begins on Thursday, July 12th


Area Preschools

Please click on Preschool Programs to see a list of schools in the local vicinity.