Children's Services



To register for a Children's program using your own device, please locate the event in the online event calendar on the Library's homepage, click the "Register" button and submit the online form. You may also 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! 


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:

185178 425x283 postcardShelter Rock Public Library Children's Room

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: Wednesdays, 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


Bilingual Storytime

Children are welcome to join Mrs. McCarthy for stories, a craft and songs in Spanish & English.

bilingual storytimeGrades 2 to 3

Tuesday, July 31st at 7PM

Registration begins Tuesday, July 17th


Harry Potter

harry potterChildren in grades 3-5 will celebrate Harry Potter by using technology, making Butterbeer and Wizard cupcakes, playing a sorting hat game and designing magician's wands.

Friday, August 3rd at 4 PM

Registration begins Friday, July 20th


Gotta Catch 'Em All Pokemon Program

pikachu and eevee by alex13art dc2z4s0Do you love Pokemon? Children in Grades 1-5 will make their very own one of a kind Pokemon craft and play Pokemon inspired games. 

Tuesday, August 7th from 6-7 PM

Registration begins Tuesday, July 24th


Dagger DogVinci

colorful dog paw print by sharon cummings sharon cummingsUnleash your inner artist with Dagger DogVinci the Painting Dog! Dagger's owner, Yvonne will give a brief history of Dagger's journey becoming a famous canine artist. Dagger will demonstrate how he paints. Children in grades K to 5 will then paint in the DogVinci style. Parents welcome but only the children will be painting.

Monday, August 13th at 7PM

Registration begins on Wednesday, August 1st


Musical Pajama Storytime With Dara

listing poohg and pigletChildren ages 2-5 with a parent, grandparent, or caregiver are invited to join us for a musical pajama storytime filled with stories, songs and musical instruments for the children to play!

Monday, August 20th at 7PM

Registration begins Monday, August 6th


Summer Book Chats

Grades 2 & 3

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by Dave Coverly

Monday, July 30th at 7 PM

Registration begins Monday, July 9th


Grades 4 & 5 

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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.