Frequently Asked Questions 2017-09-10T10:47:28+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions in the Youth Department

You may have drinks and snacks in the brick-floor lobby at the Maple Road entrance. Food and drinks are not allowed in the Youth Department (spills, allergies and insects).
Yes, the Youth Department has its own restroom with changing table.
Our picture-book area has puzzles, a small puppet theater, and other manipulatives which help build literacy skills.
No, there is no private area for breastfeeding.
No – it is both the Youth Department program space and a staff work area.
Yes. We have five AWE learning stations with 50+ programs which encourage literacy and numeracy in children ages 2-10. We also have PCs which have filtered internet access, Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel and PowerPoint.
Yes. If you are in the library with children, you are encouraged to use the Youth Department internet computers. If you are not here with children, you will probably be more comfortable in the Adult Department.
YES. Bring them in to talk with us today!
We do very general grouping by reading levels, since no two systems agree. Youth books are divided as follows:
E = Picture books for preschool through second grade, usually read by a parent to a child
JE Yellow = books written for beginning readers, K-grade 1
JE Blue = books written for beginning readers, approximately 2nd grade level
JE Red = early chapter books, written for readers approximately 3rd grade level
j Fiction = books written for independent readers grades 4-8
JE nonfiction (with Dewey Decimal numbers) = books written at approximately the 3rd grade level
j nonfiction (with Dewey Decimal numbers) = books written for students grades 4-8
We have compiled a list of 20-30 titles for each Fountas & Pinnell (Guided Reading) level, A-Z. We can also show you how to look for F&P and Lexile reading levels online. Please note that not all publishers submit their books for leveling. Many books will not be leveled by either system.
Yes, we have a section called PTP (Parent/Teacher/Professional) which includes informational and how-to books for parents and picture books on tough topics for parents to use with children (potty training, bullying, divorce, grief, etc.).
We recommend children get cards when they learn to read, but there is no library rule. Only a parent or legal guardian can get a card for a child. The parent must show proof of residence in the Saline Library District.
Yes. Please call us at least a week in advance to schedule your group visit. Tell us if your group is interested in a storytime, a general tour of the library, booktalks, or looking for information on a particular theme or topic.