Children's Services is a priority in the Alameda County Library. Each
branch has staff responsible for the maintenance of the children's collection,
which includes materials for children from birth through eighth grade.
The same staff is available to assist children in finding sources of information
suitable to their needs and reading skill and to offer suggestions and
guidance with respect to reading for pleasure. Staff also prepares and/or
presents an on-going program of activities designed to bring the library
to the attention of children and their parents.
Children have access to all of the library's collections and services.
The child's use of the library collections is, in general, subject to
the same regulations that govern adult use. The general library staff
accords children the same courtesy, the same attention and the same service
that is accorded to adults. Parents remain responsible for the selections
their children make.
The children's collection contains material of interest to children
from birth through eighth grade. Some branches also include a selection
of books of interest to parents. A range of media is offered system wide
as part of the children's collection: books, videos, audiocassettes, compactdisc
recordings, CD-ROMs and periodicals. In addition, system collections of
Braille and large type books are housed at Fremont Main. Collections of
materials in other languages include: Spanish, Chinese, Farsi, French,
German, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese,
Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese. While
all these materials may not be available at all of our branches, these
materials are available to all through intra-library loan.
Most branches also have access to the Internet both at the reference
desk and available to the public. Terminals located in the children's
area are filtered and have our special Kids
Place Web site as their homepage. This site is also available through
the Web for people who have Internet access at home. This site is designed
as a starting point for children preschool through eighth grade and has
a connection to Alameda County Library's catalog set to search materials
in the children's collection. In the case of children using the Internet,
as with their use of any other Library materials, parents or guardians
are expected to guide and supervise their children's use by selecting
material that is consistent with their personal values. Library staff
will not assume this parental role.
Children's Services Programs
Throughout the year, Children's Services staff offers a variety of programs
including preschool storytimes, toddler times, group visits and special
events. Staffing levels vary from branch to branch and so do the programs.
Check with the children's staff at your local branch to find out what
programs are scheduled.
In the summer there is a popular summer reading program for both readers
and children being read to. Sponsors of this program include the Alameda
County Library Foundation, RoundTable Pizza and local Friends of the Library
groups. Most branches also have a Kid Power program in which Junior High
students help others play the Summer Reading Game. In addition a wide
variety of special events from storytellers to puppet shows and magicians
are scheduled at the branches. Look for information about the reading
game and the special programs about the time school lets out for the summer.
Teachers are encouraged to let their local Children's Services staff
know about any current assignments. Materials can be borrowed from other
branches and made reference only so children coming to the library can
be assured of finding some information available throughout the assignment.
If you have more questions or comments about Children's Services please
contact the Children's Services Coordinator: Karen Pacheco 510-745-1411