The library offers many materials and activities for children of all ages. The children's collection includes a variety of fun and interesting books, sound recordings, DVDs and magazines, in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and several other languages. There is a teen room on the main floor with teen books, magazines and a video game console.
The Brockton Public Library has a variety of programs for our teen patrons. We have monthly programs that are hybrid (in person, and on zoom). These are our Teen Comic Book Club, and Teen Book Club. Every month we aim to have Teen Paint Night, and Teen Movie Night as well. There are biweekly take home crafts, and scheduled daily Video Game Hours where you can sign up to play on one of our many gaming consoles in the Teen room. These all take place in the Teen Zone located on the second floor to the left of the main entrance, across from the circulation desk. The Teen Zone is home to our Teen and Young Adult Fiction section. It is also home to one of the largest collections of graphic novels in the OCLN network totaling nearly 17,000 strong. Teen Patrons are encouraged to join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) to help make their visions for the library realities. From 2 pm to close, and all day Saturday the Teen Zone is for teens only. Outside of active browsing a non-staff adult should not be taking space in the Teen Zone during these times.
At all three library locations, children can use computers to look up books in the catalog, access databases to help them with their homework, and type papers for school. Filtered Internet access is also provided for children in sixth grade and under.
All children are eligible for a library card as soon as they are able to print their first and last name. A child's application must be signed by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian. Students in seventh grade and older are eligible for adult library cards.
The Children's Department offers library tours and/or storytelling sessions for classrooms, child care centers, Scouts and other groups. The tours are available by appointment only, and group leaders are urged to call at least two weeks ahead of time to schedule a tour.
The Children's Librarian is also available to visit classrooms as time allows.
Call the Children's Department at 580-7890 for more information.
Parent and Teacher Resources
A parents shelf, containing books on a wide range of topics for parents and teachers, is available in the Children's Room of the main library.
Teachers and parents are also encouraged to check out our science kits, funded by a Science Reference Grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The multimedia kits offer a fun way for students to explore a scientific subject in depth.