Youth Services & Programs
Youth Program Registration Requirements
To register for youth programs, children must reside in Rochester, Rochester Hills or Oakland Township and be registered with their very own library card number. (If your child is attending school in our service area, they are eligible for a student card. Visit the information desk to learn about student cards).Get A Library Card
Important Dates in Youth Services
- August 28th - Registration for Fall Storytimes begins
- September 6th - Kickoff for Authors in April in the MPR at 7 pm
- November 6th - 5th Grade Battle of the Books kickoff
- November 6th - Registration for Late Fall Storytimes begins
- November 17th - Registration for Polar Express begins
- December 1st - The Polar Express Celebration!
Registration & Confirmation
If a program requires registration, each child must have (and be registered with) his own card. Age guidelines are posted because programs are planned with specific ages in mind. Registration is available online; if you're unfamiliar with our registration system please visit the Youth Room on or before registration day. We may be unable to assist you on the phone on registration day because we are helping patrons visiting the library. Print or record your confirmation number. Think of it as your ticket, and bring it with you to the program.
On the Program Day
Arrive a little early to use the restroom and get ready to participate. Have your confirmation number handy! Your "confirmed" spot will be held only until the program begins. Please be aware that your spot (and program materials) may be given away if you are not on time. Once the program door is closed, please do not enter. During independent programs for older children, parents are to stay in Youth Services. We need to be able to find you quickly if there is a problem or question.
During the Program
Participate along with your child, they're learning by watching you! That means silencing your phone and taking a break from texting. (And don't be afraid to look ridiculous, your child will love it!) If you need to step out of the program to use the bathroom or to re-group, please re-enter the program quietly when there's a break in the action. Sometimes it just isn't working for a child; don't feel bad if you need to leave and try again the next time.
Registering for Programs
Please carefully check the written description for each program on the online calendar. That will tell you who is allowed to register (ages or grades), and whether parents have to register too. This is important for our planning and for room capacities. Keep in mind that registration for a program is not a "place holder;" if you register, we plan to see you. If you cannot attend, please call to cancel. Thanks for your help!
Illness and Inclement Weather
If you or your child are under the weather, please stay home and rest up! Call the youth desk, 248-650-7140, to let us know you will not be attending. We will look forward to seeing you when everyone is feeling better.
If the Rochester Community Schools are closed due to inclement weather or hazardous road conditions, the library's programs are also cancelled.
Story Group Guidelines
REgistration is required
Children must be registered with their own card, and must be within the age range that is specified for each group. You may only register for one group for each session. For example, if you're registered for Music & Me, you cannot be registered for Family Fun, too.
Allow you and your child time to hang up your coats and get ready for storytime. Storytimes start promptly at their scheduled time.
Visit the Bathroom
Leave enough time for a trip to the bathroom before storytime begins. Bathroom breaks in the middle of storytime can be very disruptive
Take a Break - It's OK!
Young children like to move and explore, but they should not prevent others from enjoying storytime. If your child becomes disruptive or upset, please take a break outside of the storyroom and return when he/she is calm.
Model Appropriate Behaviors
Parent/Caregiver involement in storytime is a great way to model appropriate behaviors! This helps encourage positive behaviors like participation, good listening, following directions, and being respectful of people and things in the story room.
Please silence and put away your cell phones at the beginning of storytime. We appreciate it if you do not record video during storytime.
Your child should leave any personal toys and/or items at home. The library is filled with developmentally appropriate and engaging toys!
Please do not bring snacks to storytime, as this may become a distraction to other children.
Please avoid chatting with other adults during storytime. Our storytimes are for you and your child to learn & enjoy together!
Encourage your child to help clean up any materials and toys used during storytime.
Storytime at Home
We emphasize literacy in all of our programs, often through playful activities. Children learn through play, so think of this as your 30 minutes a week to pick up fun new activities to try together at home.
Fall 2017 - Registration begins August 28th at 9 am
Session begins the week of Sept 6 & lasts for 4 weeks.
Monday: 9:45 - Tot Time, 10:45 - Little Scientist
Tuesday: 9:45 - Preschool Time, 10:45 - Silly Sensory
Wednesday: 9:45 - Music & Me, 10:45 - Family Fun
Thursday: 9:45 - Family Fun, 10:45 - Hop, Skip, & Jump, 1:15 - Mother Goose
On-my-own time for 3-5 year olds. Traditional setting with books, songs, action rhymes and play.
For independent walkers up to 35 months & a caregiver; sensory play session with books and songs. So you are able to participate with your child, we ask you to please make other arrangements for siblings not of the appropriate age.
For infants not yet walking & a caregiver; traditional setting with books, songs, action rhymes & play. So you are able to participate with your child, we ask you to please make other arrangements for siblings not of the appropriate age.
Music & Me
For ages birth to 5 with a caregiver. Music based session with books and action rhymes.
For ages birth to 5 with a caregiver. Traditional setting with books, songs, action rhymes and play.
For independent walkers up to 35 months with a caregiver; traditional setting with books, songs, action rhymes & play. So you are able to participate with your child, we ask you to please make other arrangements for siblings not of the appropriate age.
Hop, Skip, & Jump
For ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Physical activities in addition to stories and songs.
On-my-own time for 3-5 year olds. Science-themed session with books and exploration.
Youth Department Recommended Online Fun
For sharing with your wee one.
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100 books every child should experience.