Rules of the Children’s Room

General Rules

  • Children 9 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • We ask that everyone use walking feet (no running!) while in the library.
  • Adults not accompanied by children are asked to check-in at the children’s desk.
  • Library cards may only be used by the person to whom they are issued.

Computer Rules

  • You must sign up with a librarian at the desk before getting on a computer.
  • Children in second grade and under must have an adult sitting with them at the computer.
  • Computers are for use by children only.
  • Children are guaranteed 30 minutes of total computer/tablet time per day.
  • Games must be G-rated and non-violent (no fighting, guns, explosions, etc.).
  • Ask for help at the desk before printing anything.
  • You may print 10 free pages for school assignments (librarians reserve the right to ask for school assignment sheet). All other printing is $.10/page.
Laptops
  • Parents/Guardians accompanying children may sign out a laptop from the desk (ID required).
iPad
  • Patrons must check out the iPad with their library card.
  • The iPad is pre-loaded with games and interactive books for patron use.  There is no access to a web browser on the iPad.
  • iPad volume must be kept at a reasonable level so as not to disturb other patrons.
  • There is a 30-minute time limit for the iPad. A timer will be started at the beginning of your session. When the timer goes off, the iPad must be returned to the desk.
  • The iPad is for use by children only.
  • Children in the second grade and under must have an adult present at all times during iPad use.
  • The iPad may be checked out for in-room use only. The iPad may not be taken into the courtyard, bathroom, upstairs or out of the building.
  • No food or drink while using the iPad.
  • The Staff Only folder on the iPad is for staff use only. Patrons are not to use apps within the folder.
  • Attempts to tamper with the timer or iPad settings will result in a suspension of technology privileges.
  • The Children’s Room staff reserves the right to terminate iPad use at any time due to inappropriate usage or improper supervision of children.

Children’s Room Information

Address and Phone:
370 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970

978-744-9667

Ground Floor, Use ramp for access.

Parking and Transportation:
Street parking along Essex St between Boston and Beckford Streets.

MBTA bus stop “Essex St opp Monroe St” is in front of the library, served by bus 450

Activities

We’re creating a variety on online programs! You’ll find a steady flow of fun on our Facebook page, and some program recordings are available!

You can also enjoy a variety of fun, educational online resources made available through Massachusetts libraries and other organizations:

Children’s Calendar


Full Events Calendar