Youth Services & Programs

The Youth Staff is here to help! Call us at 248-650-7140 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. anytime (leave a message after hours) OR stop by the Youth Desk during regular business hours. We look forward to talking with you!

What's New

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Important Dates in Youth Services

Click here for more Battle of the Books information. 

Click here for Battle coach tips

Click here for sample questions

Click here for a list of the 2019 Battle Books

Team registration runs from Monday, November 12 to Friday, February 1. Call or visit the Youth Services Desk to register.

Battle of the Books is a reading competition for all 5th grade residents of Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township. Students will form their own team, read the books, and prepare for battle! The epic showdown takes place in March.

 

Battle Coach Meetings: Wednesday, November 28, 6pm OR Saturday, December 1, 11am

Youth Program Guidelines

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.

School Closings

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.

Arrive Early

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.

Cell Phones

Please silence and put away your cell phones at the beginning of storytime. We appreciate it if you do not record video during storytime.

Personal Toys

Your child should leave any personal toys and/or items at home. The library is filled with developmentally appropriate and engaging toys!

Snacks

Please do not bring snacks to storytime, as this may become a distraction to other children.

Adult Conversations

Please avoid chatting with other adults during storytime. Our storytimes are for you and your child to learn & enjoy together!

Clean Up

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 group 2 storytime registration begins Monday, November 5 at 9am

Session begins the week of November 12 & lasts for 5 weeks.

 

Choose one of the following story groups:

Preschool Time

On-my-own time for 3-5 year olds. Traditional setting with books, songs, action rhymes and play.

Silly Sensory

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.

Mother Goose

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.

Family Fun

For ages birth to 5 with a caregiver. Traditional setting with books, songs, action rhymes and play.

Tot Time

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.

Little Scientists

On-my-own time for 3-5 year olds. Science-themed session with books and exploration.

Youth Department Recommended Online Fun

abcya-logo     Educational Games for Kids!

bedtime logo     Help kids love math

speakaboos     Speakaboos!

 

ABCMouse Logo        ABC Mouse

buildyour-logo     Build your Wild Self!

chesskid-logo     Learn and Play Chess

engineergirl-logo     Girls in engineering

fraboom logo   Interactive children’s museum

funbrain logo    Games, Books, and Comics

Highlights Kids

funlogo-logo   Parenting Toolbox

kidsthinkdesign-logo     Kids' Design Collaboration

lorax-logo   Dr. Seuss Lorax Project

poptropica-logo     Safe Virtual World

pbs-kids-go-logo  PBS Kids Go!

pbs-kids-logo    PBS Kids

Scholastic Kids

sesamestreet-logo   Sesame Street

 

tumblebooks-logo   Tumblebooks Library

tumblebooksjr-logo    Tumblebooks Cloud Jr.

tumblebookscloud-logo   Tumblebooks Cloud