oglethorpe children's department

Welcome to the Oglethorpe County Library's Children's Area! We are here to help you and your family discover a love of reading and learning. We invite you to explore our collections of books and other materials for children of all ages.

Join us for engaging programs, including storytimes and crafts. Follow us on Facebook for our virtual programming, events, photos, and other fun. 

Looking for recommendations or additional assistance? Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help! Please contact us or chat with us using our chat service for more information.

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Services for Children at the Oglethorpe County Library

Masks: We request and encourage mask wearing for everyone over the age of 2 years old who enters the library.

Finding Your Way Around: Discover a world of exciting books and resources! We have a photocopier and computer stations with educational games, programs, and filtered Internet access. All computers have headphones and access to a printer.

Storytimes and Events: We host a wide array of virtual programs online for children, from infant and preschool storytimes to book clubs and after school activities. Check out our calendar of events and connect with us on Facebook!

Crafts-to-Go: Stop by our branch during our regular service hours to pick up a free kit with everything you need for a fun craft activity designed for children ages 2-11. A new craft is available every two weeks while supplies last. 

Need a good read? Our friendly staff is always on hand to offer you and your family personalized recommendations based on your child’s age, interests and reading level. Check out some of our recommended reading lists, personally created by our Children’s staff. 

Our Print Collection: Our Children’s print collection covers every stage of a child’s reading journey: Board books, basic readers, picture books, nonfiction, biographies, chapter books, graphic novels, foreign language, and periodicals.

Our Digital Collection: Explore downloadable eBooks, eMagazines, and Audiobooks on eRead Kids, TumbleBooks, and Overdrive/Libby. Looking for online academic resources for children? Check out GALILEO Kids! (Need a library card? Sign up here!)

Online Reading Logs: Keep track of your child’s reading with fun virtual badges and incentives with our online reading program Beanstack. If you're looking to participate in Summer Reading, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, or one of our seasonal reading challenges, you can start tracking today here.

Language Resources: Children can learn Spanish, English, French, German, Chinese, Italian, Korean and more using Mango Languages. Just use your library card to sign in! (Need a library card? Sign up here!) Learning another language has never been this much fun! We also have children’s books in various languages, including a large Spanish collection, to support your child’s language journey. 

Visits by Young Children to the Library: The children's areas of our libraries serve children from birth to age 11. The library provides programming services and activities for the target age group. It is the desire of the Athens Regional Library System to make visits by young children both memorable and enjoyable in each of our libraries. Library staff cannot assume responsibility for the care of unsupervised children. The primary concern is for the safety of children during their library visit. 

All children under the age of 10 must be accompanied and actively supervised at all times by a responsible adult or qualified caregiver 16 years of age or older. Caregivers must be in the immediate vicinity of, and in visual contact with, their children. If a child is attending a library program, the caregiver must remain with the child throughout the program. All children are subject to building-wide patron responsibilities and conduct policies. 

Staff will follow procedures as established in each library location concerning children left at the library at closing time. 

All library employees and volunteers are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse [O.C.G.A. § 19-7-5]. 

Need a new book but aren’t sure what to read next?

conceirgeDoes your child want to learn about a particular topic, like dinosaurs, space or super heroes? Has your child read every book by their favorite author and now needs something new? We can help! Call your library and our friendly, knowledgeable staff will pick out some books just for you based on your interests.

Have fun with our Crafts to Go

Stop by your Athens Regional Library System branch during curbside service hours to pick up a free kit with everything you need for a fun craft activity designed for children ages 2-11. A new craft is available every two weeks while supplies last. Each branch offers a different craft. Simply call the library when you arrive and let us know how many kits you need. Happy crafting!

Family computer sessions available by appointment

family computersThe library now offers one-hour family computer sessions in our Children's Area. These sessions include an internet PC for an adult caregiver paired with a touchscreen computer for an accompanying child, ages 2-11, loaded with educational games. Unvented face masks are required, and limited staff assistance is available. Please call the library to reserve your session!

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Contact Us
Austin Jenkins, Branch Manager | ajenkins@athenslibrary.org | 706-743-8817
Jessica Ellis, Children's Services Specialist | jellis@athenslibrary.org | 706-743-8817

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