The Lane Memorial Library Children's Room provides materials and programs for children and families from birth through sixth grade. We also provide assistance to teachers, caregivers, and others working with children.
Services that we offer include: story times for various ages, school vacation programs, and Summer Reading programs. The Children's Room collection contains picture books, board books, beginning readers, beginning chapter books, fiction books, non-fiction books, audio books on CD and cassette tape, magazines, VHS videos, and DVD's. The Children's Room also provides three public computers with Internet access and word processing capabilities.
Any child age 7 and older who is a Hampton resident may get a library card. A brief form must be filled out and a parent/guardian signature is required for cardholders under the age of 18. (Parents should be aware that under NH law, we provide checkout information only to the cardholder.)
Children's Room Newsletter
The staff of the Children’s Room run three sessions of story times a year – winter, spring, and fall, as well as drop-in sessions during the summer months.
- Toddlers, ages 15 months—36 months meet on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 9:30 AM.
- 3 year-olds meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM.
- Ages 4-5 year-olds on Thursdays at 10:00 AM.
Drop-in story times are offered on Wednesday mornings during the summer months from June 24 to July 29 at 9:30 a.m. These are aimed primarily for children ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.
The Children's Room offers passes to the following museums: Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Boston Children's Museum, and Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. One museum pass per family per day may be reserved up to 7 days in advance. You may reserve your pass by calling the library at (603) 926-3368. Please check our Museum Passes page for more information.
The Children's Room offers regular special programs and events throughout the year. These include sing–alongs, storytellers, a Valentine's Day Tea Party, animal programs, special art and craft projects, and science programs. We also offer a fantastic Summer Reading program from mid–June to mid– August. Programs are sponsored by the town of Hampton and the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library. Please check the Library Event Calendar for a complete list of programs and to register online, or call the Children’s Room for more information at (603) 926-4729.
Safe Child Policy
Children up through the first grade must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times within the library. Second and third graders are welcome to explore the library with a parent or guardian in the building. Children in the fourth grade and above may responsibly visit the library without supervision
School Visits and Tours
We welcome classes to come and visit the library. Please call ahead to arrange a date and time so that the librarians can provide the best service and meet the needs of your class.
The Children's Room has a display case in which we showcase various collections. If you have a collection that you would like to show off, call or stop by to sign up. We maintain a list of children interested in providing a display and will call you when the next available month is free.
Award Winners and Book Lists
- Caldecot Medal Winners, 1938 to Present
- Newbury Medal Winners
- Great Stoneface Award Winners
- Boston Globe Horn Book Award Winners
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners
- Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominees
- Novelist K-8 Reading Advice for Kids
- Juvenile sequels and Series
Follow this link to our selection of web resources for parents
We can assist children with choosing materials for school assignments and choosing books for book reports. Call us directly at (603) 926-4729, or check our online resources . We also welcome the opportunity to work in cooperation with area schools and teachers to meet curriculum requirements. Teachers may fill out our Assignment Alert Form to notify the library of upcoming assignments that will require library or online research.