Kids' Corner

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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, chapter books, fiction books, non-fiction books, audio books on CD and cassette tape, magazines and DVDs. The Children's Room also provides three public computers with Internet access and word processing capabilities. These computers are for children up through 5th grade.

Starfish   Free Ebooks and Audiobooks

Kids ebooks and audiobooks are available free through our participation in the New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium. All you need is your library card number and a computer and/or portable device. Check out the site here: http://nh.lib.overdrive.com. This service offers over 6,000 ebooks and 6,000 audiobooks, including popular kids' titles like Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid .

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   General Information

Library Cards

Any child age 7 and older who is a Hampton resident may get a library card. A brief form must be filled out, including proof of address for the child's parent/guardian. Additionally, 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.)

Starfish   Children's Room Newsletter

Check out our current newsletter for information on what is going on in our Children's Room. Back issues are also available.

Starfish    Storytime

Summer storytimes will start June 24 and run through August 1 on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 10 am, with Miss Wendy and Miss Paulina. All ages are welcome (although our Tuesday storytime tends to be more toddler-aged children), just drop by. We'll have great books, music and silly games!

Museum Passes

The library 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.

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Special Programs

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The Children's Room offers special programs and events throughout the year. These include sing–alongs, storytellers, a Valentine's Day Tea Party, animal programs, special arts and crafts 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.

Display Case

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

Parents Links

Follow this link to our selection of web resources for parents

Homework Help

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.