Services to children and their caregivers are an important component of the Libraries' mission. At the Chatham Community Library, Wren Memorial Library, and Goldston Library, we are here to help children and caregivers find just the right books to share or the perfect resource for a homework assignment. We also provide opportunities for story time, book clubs, and other activities that connect children and their caregivers to their communities and to each other.
Chatham County Public Libraries strive to promote and present programs for children from birth through 5th grade that encourage reading, learning, personal growth, and play!
Additionally, we partner with community organizations and performers to present special programming throughout the year.
If you would like to receive information about upcoming Youth Services events, click here to subscribe to our monthly newsletter.
Can't make it to the library for one of our scheduled story times? Try these do-it-yourself story time themes at home!
Each theme includes songs, nursery rhymes, and stories that are appropriate to share with children who have not yet entered kindergarten (ages 2-5).
Our Youth Services staff carefully evaluate our collections and build recommended reading lists on commonly requested topics, or to point readers to their next great book.
If you would like to receive a monthly newsletter highlighting new books and genre lists, click here to subscribe.
Chatham County Public Libraries partners with NC Live to provide access to ebooks, audio books, and online research databases with magazine and newspaper articles covering everything from Books and Literature to Science and Technology.
Making the most of your family's visit to the library
Chatham County Public Libraries welcome children and families. Children are entitled to the same benefits as adult patrons, including a peaceful and pleasant atmosphere. Children’s safety is a priority, and because the library is a public building open to all, parents are reminded that children under 11 years of age must not be left unattended, even if the parent or caregiver is in the same building. Minors under the age of 16 may not be charged with supervising younger children.
We recognize that noise is an inevitable byproduct of learning and growing; however, parents are reminded that the library is primarily a quiet place of study. We ask that parents and caregivers teach children:
• respect for library materials, which includes gentle handling and placing on carts or tables following their use
• that we use quiet, “indoor voices” in the main part of the library, outside of the story room
• that it is not appropriate to run in the library or climb, jump on, or throw library materials, furnishings, or art work
including those located in the children’s area
• that we do not eat or drink (other than water in closed containers) in any part of the library except the meeting room or
in story time programs
• that shoes must be worn at all times unless they are being removed as part of a children’s program in the story room