Parent and Teacher collections: There is a special location in the Children’s room just for parents and teachers. (Additional parenting items are also available in Adult nonfiction, 649’s)
Playhouse and Special Book Collection: Dedicated in memory of Lori Jean Watson (1971-1975), this collection offers fiction and nonfiction titles related to African American history.
Story Bags: The Children’s Department offers Early Literacy Story Bags, thanks to an Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library grant. The thematic Story Bags include books, movies, and educational toys aimed at children ages birth – three, contained in easy-to-transport bags.
Baby Bags: Please visit us today to pick up this very special gift for your baby. To encourage the early use of the library, our “welcome new baby” bag comes with a new book, early literacy tips, and a variety of items for your newborn! (Thank you to the Friends of the Bloomfield Libraries for supporting this Baby Bag program).
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: A fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success! Any child ages birth to five years can participate. Learn more…
Special Interest Sites for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers
- Birth to Three
- Home school information
- Common core Standards
- 2-1-1 Childcare
Find Licensed Daycare facilities in CT. Search by town, age, and program type.
- Center for Early Literacy learning
- Alliance for Bloomfield’s Children
- Common Sense Media
“Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices and offers the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age”
Tools for Teachers/ Homeschoolers
Teacher Resource bags: These bags, available for checkout, include books to share with children, teacher resource books, and props. (Themes include Science, Math, Learning through play, Early Literacy, and Toddler & Preschool Storytime.) These materials are varied and best suited for children in preschool through elementary grades.
Book collection requests: You may request a class book collection in person or by calling 860-243-2971, press #2, to be directed to Children’s. This may be a special collection to supplement curriculum or a general collection which is age and level appropriate. A 24 hours’ notice or more is appreciated. Please note: parents may also call with this request.
School visits: You are welcome to set up a visit to the library with your class or invite a Children’s Librarian to visit your classroom.
- Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD): This database helps educators and librarians find just the right books by providing over 2.1 million children’s and young adult literature records containing professional reviews, as well as author and illustrator links.
- Educational Resources
- Teacher Card Application & Policy: Teacher cards are available for area teachers with more flexible checkout duration.