Parents Corner

The Children's Department can be reached directly during regular Library hours at : (508) 946-2470.

Check here for useful links and resources geared towards caregivers.   

Back to School:

     Visit the Learn at Home page for homeschool and after school resources.

     CDC Back to School Planning Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

     Covid-19 Related Stories for Schools by Autism Little Learners

     Wide Open School: Back-to-School Guide for Families

     5 Steps for a Different Kind of School Year

     Parent Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning

General Resources:

    Middleborough Family Resource Center

    Zero to Three Tips for Families

    National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope

    Covid-19 Resource Page


Books About Covid-19 for Kids:

    Candlewick

    Amazon 

    NPR Comic

    Social Stories from Autism Reserach Institute


Talking with Kids about Covid-19:

    Sesame Street Resource

    CDC 

    Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home


Teaching Good Hygiene:

    Llama Llama Washing Hands Song and Video

    Sesame Street: H is for Handwashing

    How to Wash Your Hands

    Bad Kitty Wash Your Paws


Kids and Masks:

    American Academy of Pediatrics

    Zero to Three

    CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall: Face Masks and Handwashing with Elmo


Social Distancing and Children:

    Sesame Street: Practicing Social Distancing with Abby and Rudy

    Sesame Street: When Children Miss Their Friends


Homeschooling Resources:

    WGBH Distance Learning

    Khan Academy

   Virtual School Librarian


Self Care:

    The Fred Rogers Center

    Mommy Poppins: Working from Home

    Zero to Three

    Parenting During a Pandemic: You are Enough

    Emotional Support for Families

    Age Based Tips to Help Juggle Parenting & Working from Home


Resources for New and Expecting Parents:

    CDC 

    CDC Development Milestones Resources

    March of Dimes 

 

Activities for Kids:

    Self Help Inc. Coordinated Family and Community Engagement

    HulaFrog

    Macaroni Kid

    Mommy Poppins 

    Free Resources for Fun and Learning


Resources for Children at the Library

The Middleborough Public Library provides an array of services to children from preschool to middle school age.  The Library offers story hours, internet access, educational and entertaining programs, summer reading programs, advice on books to read, Library tours and more.

The Children's Room collections offer a wide assortment of fiction, folktales, picture books, nonfiction, audiovisual materials, reference materials, and public computers. The Children's Room is for children, their parents, guardians, teachers, and caregivers, and people researching children's literature.

The Library encourages frequent visits by children and their families, however; Library staff cannot and does not provide child care or assume responsibility for children's safety.  Parents, guardians, teachers and caregivers, not Library staff, are responsible for the behavior and safety of children visiting the Library.  Staff cannot be placed in the position of supervising unattended children.  For more information about Children in the Library please see the Library's Safe Child Policy.

Children in the Library are expected to behave in a manner conducive to maintaining an appropriate atmosphere in the building for all patrons. (Please refer to the Appropriate Use Policy )

Children must know how to reach their adult caregiver in case of an emergency, and both children and adults need to be aware of library hours.

Unattended Children

For the purposes of this policy, an unattended child is defined as a child of any age who is apparently unaccompanied by a responsible adult. Supervising adults must be close at hand. Children under the age of 10 cannot be left unattended in the Children’s Library.  Parents, guardians, teachers and caregivers may not leave children alone or in the care of other children who are unable or unwilling to provide adequate care.  

As in all public places, "stranger danger" is a real concern. Library staff cannot prevent children from interacting with or leaving with persons who are not the appropriate chaperone.

If the Library is closing, at a regular time or in an emergency situation, and a parent or guardian of a child cannot be located in the building, the Police Department will be called to take the child.

The Library is not responsible the failure of parents, guardians, teachers or caregivers to provide the required oversight and supervision of their child or charge, or for any consequence of such failure.