About Us

About Us

Welcome to the West Hempstead Public Library Children’s page. We encourage our young patrons, infants through fifth graders, to enjoy a wide range of fun and educational activities year-round in our Children’s Room. We have over 40,000 children’s books; we have magazines, audio books, music CDs and DVDs which circulate regularly. We have a special collection of parenting resources about childhood development and milestones.  We have computers, which have internet access, word processing and many useful databases for homework help. There are puzzles, board books and toys always available for playing. Our “Crayon Kiosk” has two iPads filled with educational games.  We offer year-round programming, including storytime, movement and musical programs, arts and crafts programs, book chats, yoga and much more.

We also welcome district schools for tours of the Children’s Room, and local nursery and preschools for visits. Please continue to read about all we have to offer and our policies below.

In addition, the West Hempstead Public Library is a Family Place Library, a national initiative of Libraries for the Future and the Middle County Public Library.familyplace logo

Birth Date Verification

The Children’s Room requires proof of age for all children, birth through preschool, and the parent’s library card to register for our programs.

Child Safety

The West Hempstead Public Library welcomes children and strives to provide a warm and pleasant atmosphere for them. We welcome you and your child and invite your child to

  • learn from an abundance of stimulating library resources
  • experience enjoyment without interfering with other library users
  • and, ultimately, feel safe in this, a public library

Young children left alone while in the library, even for a short time, often become frightened or anxious. It is a public place and anyone can come in.

Please safeguard your children by insuring that they are properly supervised. Your help will make everyone’s library experiences positive ones.

Unattended Child Policy

  1. While in the library, children nine years old or younger shall at all times be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible person (parent or caregiver 18 years of age or older).
  2. Children who are ten years or older may be unaccompanied but, as always, must observe library rules.
  3. Parents, not library staff, are responsible for the behavior of their children. Disruptive behavior cannot be tolerated.
  4. When the safety of an unattended child is in doubt, the library staff will attempt to contact parents. If the parents are unavailable, the staff will contact the Nassau County Police.
  5. Violations of this policy are grounds for suspension of library privileges.

Definitions

  • unattended child: child from preschool through age nine left in the Library unaccompanied by a responsible person (parent or caregiver 18 years of age or older)
  • disruptive behavior: behavior that represents a physical danger to the child or to others, or behavior that may serve to interfere with other library users or staff

Disruptive behavior is behavior that is inappropriate in a library setting. Types of inappropriate behavior may be but are not limited to: running, throwing materials, eating, loud or abusive talking, excessive socializing, moving furniture, abusing or defacing library materials.

Getting a Library Card

All children grades five and younger must come with a parent or legal guardian to obtain a library card. The child must be able to print his/her first and last name on the application.

Photo Release

In the event a West Hempstead Public Library staff member photographs a children’s program, please advise the Children’s Desk if you do not want your child photographed and possibly appearing on the library website or library-sponsored websites.

Computer Policy

Computer use in the Children’s Room is for children grade five (5) and younger. A parent or adult caretaker at least 18 years of age must assist with children under third grade. Only one child is permitted per computer.

A parent or legal guardian is required to read this policy and sign a statement of permission for the child to use the computer. Parents/Guardians also assume responsibility for any misuse or damage to the equipment during their child’s session.

A valid Nassau County library card must be presented at time of use. This card will be kept at the Children’s Room desk during the period of use.  The child must sign in and out at the children’s room desk for each session.  A child may use the computer for half an hour or a maximum of one hour, if no-one is waiting.  Children completing school assignments take precedence. West Hempstead patrons are given priority.

Children have access to the Internet and Microsoft Word, Excel, & PowerPoint. Internet access is filtered by Open DNS and children are not allowed to view obscene or indecent materials in accordance with New York State Law.  USB Memory Sticks are permitted, however the library assumes no responsibility for corrupt/damaged files or the impact of those files on home devices.  Saving information to the computer hard drive is not permitted.  Parent/adult care taker is responsible for all printing costs, 5¢ per sheet (black and white only).

You may make an appointment by phone or in person no more than 24 hours in advance.

If you do not follow the rules of this agreement, your privilege to use the computer will be taken away.

Free Museum Passes

The West Hempstead Public Library has a Museum Pass Program which provides Family Passes to museums that our library members may borrow free of charge. Many of these museums are suitable for children. We encourage you to visit the museum websites to learn about the many exhibits and activities offered and to check for special showtimes and hours.

The Long Island Children’s Museum is by far the favorite of our Family Pass collection! We should remind you that you may reserve the pass as early as one month in advance,(ie., on Feb 28, you may reserve for March 28) but you may do this only once in a 12 month period for each museum. You may, however, borrow any particular pass as often as you like on a “walk-in” basis, meaning that if you call the Reference Desk (516-481-6591 x 21) in the morning and we tell you it is available, you may use it that day.

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And don’t forget to sign up for the Museum Lottery!

We hold drawings for an adult (18+) West Hempstead Library Card holder to win 4 tickets to the New York Hall of Science. The entry forms are collected in the Children’s Room. Please enter only once per year.