The Youth and Family Services staff maintains the juvenile and young adult collection of library materials, and provides programming for families and children ages 0-18. We also work to promote literacy by distributing free books to children and families throughout Bulloch County.
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- Library cards for children and teens
- Youth materials at our library
- Youth spaces in the library
- Computers for Youth
- Youth supervision guidelines
Child and Teen Library Cards
Children and Teens are encouraged to get their own library cards, so they can access the youth computers in their respective departments. There is no minimum age requirement to receive a youth library card. A parent or legal guardian must show proper identification when registering for a youth library card, and they must sign to accept financial responsibility for all fines resulting from late, lost or damaged items.
Youth Materials Collection
We maintain an extensive physical collection of juvenile and young adult materials, including:
- board books
- picture books
- easy-early readers
- chapter books
- middle grades fiction and non-fiction
- young adult fiction and non-fiction
- graphic novels and manga
- book/CD kits and audiobooks
- children’s DVDs
- online digital books and resources
Our Youth Services staff members are happy to help you find appropriate reading materials for your child, or to find a specific title. We can also assist you with retrieving books from other libraries, if we do not have them in our collection.
Youth Library Space
The Children’s Department is located on the first level of the library, right near the front entrance. We have a wide variety of toys and activities for young ones, including a Lego wall, play tables, building blocks, puzzles, puppets, and coloring sheets. Also available are six Children’s Computers and four AWE Learning Computers. At the back of the Children’s Department is the Children’s Activity Room, where a wide range of library programs are held.
The Teen Loft is designed for youth ages 12-18. It’s located on the second level, and is accessible by the stairs across from the main Service Desk and the public elevator behind the Adult Computers. We have sitting booths, couches, chairs and stools for teens to use in the Loft, as well as four Teen Computers. The Teen Activity Room, which is located just off the Teen Loft, hosts many library programs and also doubles as our Makerspace. Please note: adults and children may use the Teen Loft to access the Young Adult collection, but are not permitted to use the computers or hang out there.
Computers with the library catalog are available in both the Children’s Department and the Teen Loft, and if you need help with anything, a Youth Services staff member is stationed at the reference desk in the Children’s Department. You can check out materials and register for new library cards at the Children’s Department desk.
In the Children’s Department, we have four AWE Learning Computers, which are preloaded with a variety of educational games. Any child may sit down and use one of these computers, even without a library card. There are an additional six Children’s Computers in the department, which can be used by children under 13 with a valid library card. Children are permitted two 30-minute computer sessions each day.
In the Teen Loft, there are four Teen Computers. You may log on to these computers with a valid library card if you are between the ages of 14-18. Youth ages 14 and older may also use the Adult Computers on the first floor. Teens are permitted 3 hours on the computer each day.
All patron computers in the library have access to a variety of internet browsers, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint, Paint, and ABC Mouse. For the convenience of families, we have also installed two AWE Learning Computers in the Adult Computer area. This is meant to help caregivers keep an eye on children while they are working.
Please keep in mind that food and drink are not permitted near any computers.
Supervision of Youth
Children under the age of 13 must have a parent, guardian or caregiver with them at all times while in the library. Caregivers are responsible for making sure children do not disrupt other patrons or library staff, and that they treat library facilities and materials with care. In addition, we hope you will encourage your child to pick up after themselves when they finish playing with any toys or books.
Youth ages 13 & older may be in the library without a caregiver, but their parent/legal guardian is still responsible for their actions. Youth are responsible for making sure they do not disrupt other patrons, and are expected to treat library facilities and materials with care.
As a general rule, excessive noise, horseplay, running, abusive language and intimate displays of affection are not permitted. A full explanation of expected patron behavior is below. Any patrons not following these guidelines and policies may be asked to leave, and/or may have their library privileges revoked.