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Children's Librarian: Beverly Dinneen

Children's Services Philosophy
Parental Role
Our Collection
Physical Layout
Service to Babies
Service to Toddlers
Service to Preschoolers
Service to School-aged Children
Service to Teachers
Service to Parents
Children's Services Philosophy
  • each child is unique
  • children merit individual choice of reading material
Parental Role
  • parents provide for the safety of their children under 9 by accompanying them at all times
  • parents are responsible for providing materials selection guidance to their own children
  • parents model appropriate library behavior by speaking quietly, selecting books, and reading to their young children
Our Collection
  • maintains balance between quality and popular materials
  • provides for the pleasure and informational needs of children, teachers, and parents.
  • encompasses circulating board books, paperback and hardcover books, books on tape or CD, music CD's, DVD's, and magazines
  • includes in-house print and online reference sources
Physical Layout
  • materials for ages birth to 7 are labeled JJ and are found beyond the fireplace
  • materials for ages 8 to 13 are labeled J and are found in front of the public desk

  Children's Room Panorama

Service to Babies
We welcome children from birth on. Breast and bottle feeding of infants is permitted. We have a large collection of board books and lullabies on CD, as well as parent books targeting caregivers with infants.
We offer the program Lap-sit Story-time on a rotating basis. This program is designed to enhance the rapid brain development that occurs in the very young. It combines reading of books, finger and toe play, chants, and music. Caregivers sit in a circle with their little one and are welcome to stay and visit with each other after the program.

Service to Toddlers
Our collection provides a huge collection of materials for this age, including picture books, music CD's, and DVD's, as well as parent materials for caregivers of this age.
We offer the program lap-sit story-time on a rotating basis for infants through ages 3 1/2 and their caregiver. In this themed program emphasizing repetition and participation, we read stories, chant, do finger plays and creative dramatics, and sing.
*New as of Fall 2013* 
Creative playtime, which is an informal, unstructured playtime for children and their caregiver. Held on select Thursday mornings; duplos, wooden, cardboard, and mega blocks are provided for play in the program room.

Service to Preschoolers
We own many picture books for preschoolers, including special collections of holiday, Caldecott award-winning and issues focused books. We also provide books with audiotapes, DVD's, and music CD's.
Preschool Story-time is offered on a regular basis for children 3 1/2 to 5. This themed weekly series includes stories, finger plays, songs, a short film and related art activity. Children go into the program room alone.
Elementary School book display

Service to School-aged Children
A vast range of materials is provided for the pleasure reading and homework needs of children in elementary or middle school.
Varied, seasonal programs are conducted for this age group. These includes stories, films, and crafts. Family programs are scheduled at times which meet the needs of working parents.
Outreach to Holden children in grades 1 through 5 occurs during the school year.
Service to Young Adults
A Special space and collection have been set aside on the basement level to accommodate the unique developmental needs of young people from ages 12-18. The YA collections marked with yellow YA tags on the spine. These books generally contain realistic, controversial themes relating to coming of age.
Service to Teachers
A teacher collection contains a broad range of lesson planning, classroom management, and educational philosophy materials.
Teachers who call the Children's Room with advance notice may also request a deposit of books on a single topic or by a single author to be put aside for pick-up. (For example, Eric Carle or the New England states.)

Service to Parents
The Parent Collection contains material helpful to those involved with children. Books are provided for the caregivers audience as well as for use with children.
Some topics addressed through this collection are abuse, adoptions, death, development, discipline, divorce, emotions, family, gender issues, illness, new sibling, potty training, self esteem, sexuality, sleep issues, and teenage behavior.