The Lane Memorial Library Children's Room provides materials and programs for children and families from birth through sixth grade. We also provide assistance to teachers, caregivers, and others working with children.
Free Ebooks and Audiobooks
Kids ebooks and audiobooks are available free through our participation in the New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium on Overdrive NH on the Libby app (available through the App Store or Google Play). For Overdrive NH/Libby all you need is your library card number, a computer and/or portable device (phone, laptop or tablet). Check out the site here: http://nh.lib.overdrive.com . This service offers over 6,000 ebooks and 6,000 audiobooks, including popular kids' titles like Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Many of the Children's ebook titles now include narration.
Miss Paulina and Miss Wendy will hold "all ages" storytimes on Mondays and Wednesday at 10:30 am, starting August 23, 2021. The first week will be a special "Back to School" Storytime. We will gather outside on the lawn, across the street from the library (next to the playground). Please bring a yoga mat or a blanket for your family to use. Masks will not be required, as this is an outdoor event. This is a weather-dependent event. Please check the library's main website (www.lanememoriallibrary.org) or the library's Facebook page (@HamptonLibrary) for weather-related updates. We will continue to have Storytimes outside as long as the weather allows, into the Fall season.
Children's Room Newsletter
Check out our current newsletter for information on what is going on in our Children's Room.
Award-Winning Children's Books
- 2021 Nominees for the Ladybug Picture Book Award
- 2019-2020 Great Stone Face Chapter Book Award
- 2021 Caldecott Medal Winner and Nominees
- 2021 Newbury Medal
- 2021 (Theodore Seuss) Geisel Award Winner
- 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners
- Juvenile sequels and Series
Any child age 7 and older who is a Hampton resident may get a library card. A brief form must be filled out, including proof of address for the child's parent/guardian. Additionally, a parent/guardian signature is required for cardholders under the age of 18. (Parents should be aware that under NH law, we provide checkout information only to the cardholder.)
The library offers passes to the following museums: Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Boston Children's Museum, and Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. One museum pass per family per day may be reserved up to 7 days in advance. You may reserve your pass by calling the library at (603) 926-3368. Please check our Museum Passes page for more information.
The Children's Room offers special programs and events throughout the year. These include sing–alongs, storytellers, a Valentine's Day Tea Party, animal programs, special arts and crafts projects and science programs. We also offer a fantastic Summer Reading program from late June to early August. Programs are sponsored by the town of Hampton and the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library . Please check the Library Event Calendar for a complete list of programs and to register online, or call the Children’s Room for more information at (603) 926-4729.
Safe Child Policy during COVID 19 Pandemic
Children in the ninth grade and above may responsibly visit the library without supervision
School Visits and Tours
We welcome classes to come and visit the library. Please call ahead to arrange a date and time so that the librarians can provide the best service and meet the needs of your class.
The Children's Room has a display case in which we showcase various collections. If you have a collection that you would like to show off, call or stop by to sign up. We maintain a list of children interested in providing a display and will call you when the next available month is free.
We can assist children with choosing materials for school assignments and choosing books for book reports. Call us directly at (603) 926-4729, or check our online resources . We also welcome the opportunity to work in cooperation with area schools and teachers to meet curriculum requirements. Teachers may fill out our Assignment Alert Form to notify the library of upcoming assignments that will require library or online research.