Phone: (631)298-4134 ext. 2
Fax: (631)298-4764 attention Children's and Parenting
The Children's Department of the Mattituck-Laurel Library serves children from birth through 8th grade, parents, caregivers, and professionals working with children. Our goal is to provide quality services and programs in an effort to meet the informational, academic, and recreational needs of our young patrons and families and to nurture children to become lifelong library users.
We have many resources available to patrons of the library. Including books, CDs, Video games, DVDs, and audio books for children. We also have a large parenting collection which contains nonfiction book and fiction on an array of topics as well as picture books to help parents explore sensitive issues with their child.
We also have a smart table, 6 ipads, and a number of laptops available to play games, including Minecraft. There is a Toddler Area filled with board books and toys which help promote fine & gross motor skills and encourage creativity. These toys include sewing cards, puzzles, coloring sheets, blocks, puppets and a train table. For parents, we also have wireless internet accessible laptops for in room use. We now also have a calculator for homework use and a charging cable that fits most phones for emergency charging.
Here at the Library we try to be accommodating to our community. We get to know our patrons and do the best we can to make them feel at home. BUT...We do have our own set of "Golden Rules" to live by in order to ensure the Health and Safety of all Library Users.
Yes, you can sign your out-of-district child up for our Programs. Programs are available first to Mattituck and Laurel Residents. Your child will be placed on the waiting list and if there is space available, you will receive a call that they may then join the program.
A Family Place Library is a center for early childhood information, parent education, emergent literacy, socialization, and family support. Expanding the traditional role of children's services, the Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parent involvement and supportive communities play a critical role of children's growth and development. Family Place Library Staff, trained in developmentally appropriate and family support practice, leverage the resources of the library to effectively serve young children and families.
Key Features of A Family Place Library Include:
The Parent/Child Workshop is the core program at each Family Place Library. This four-week series brings together toddlers and their parents in an informal, interactive setting with professionals from local agencies such as child care centers, hospitals, speech, clinics, universities, public schools and health departments. It emphasizes and supports the role of parents as first teachers, facilitates early intervention and literacy through modeling and referral to information and community resources.
The laptops are a brand new resource for the Children, Tweens and Parents. Surf the web, read your email, play games, or listen to music using headphones. Remember that anyone can use the laptops. With that in mind all work is wiped when laptops are shut down and can not be recovered. When printing or saving is required, please ask a librarian for assistance. We have flash drives available to transfer documents and a wireless printer that costs 25 cents a page. As always we ask no food or drink in the Childrens or Tween room or anywhere near the laptops.
Only children may use the laptops or parents with a child present. You need not be a Mattituck-Laurel Library patron to use a laptop.
You will need to present your library card to use a laptop.
Laptops may only be used for an hour and a half and then we will ask that you return it. All laptops must be returned 15 minutes before closing and can not be borrowed during that time.
When using the laptops we ask that you remain in the Tween area. As always we ask no food or drink in the Tween room.
The library has several Minecraft accounts preloaded on our laptops for in-library use. The library also has a server for a safe online minecraft experience for both in-library use and for play at home. More information on this topic is located HERE.
The library has purchased a Smart Table thanks to a grant from the Ira A. Roschelle MD Family Foundation . The Smart Table is a Collaborative Learning Center that is used with your fingers. We ask that you watch your children when using the smart table and that no food or drink be near the smart table. It will be located in the Children’s Department.
The Kindle Fire, iPad and Vinci is the newest pieces of technology for our younger patrons. The tablets may only be used in the childrens room. To borrow any tablet you must present us with your current library card and stay with your child as he or she uses it. The Kindle Fire and ipads are loaded with child friendly apps, some informative and some just for fun. The wireless on the Kindle Fire has been disabled for your child's safety.