Children’s Room

The Children’s room can be used for browsing only, and only by appointment (one family group at a time).

Our children’s room provides services for toddlers to middle schoolers. In addition to providing books to borrow, we offer a variety of programs. Throughout the year, local volunteers share their expertise in a wide range of topics. Periodically the library also participates in readathons.

Current Programs Include: For 2020, most offerings are canceled, postponed or offered virtually.

Family Movie Night

  • A summer reading club for preschoolers through sixth grade.
  • Annual Bookmark Contest, check out some past winning entries.
  • Reading to Dogs
  • Story time for babies & toddlers and for children ages 3 and up, see calendar for days and times
  • New York State Summer Reading Program – Theme varies each summer
  • Weekly Chess
  • Special Programs

Our goal is to make the children’s room a happy, inviting place for all children. This is more than just a place to check out books. It is a place to make friends, participate in fun and educational activities, and to feel connected with the New Paltz community. We hope their experiences at the Elting Library will encourage children to pursue reading throughout their lives. A child must be in kindergarten to obtain a library card.

The Elting Library makes every effort to carry books that have won the Newberry and Caldecott Awards. Please stop by the children’s room to check out the selection. Those Newberry and Caldecott books that we do not have can be ordered through interlibrary loan.