The Library will be closed at 5 PM on Friday, May 10, for the Tapas Event. 

Children’s & Parent Services

The family oriented environment of the Hampton Bays Public Library’s Children’s Room is one that celebrates childhood, recognizes and respects individual differences, interests and abilities. Our collection, our programs and our spacious rooms are designed to meet the developmental and social needs of your children. View our department policies here.


We offer a selection of in-person, virtual and take & make programs for Birth-Grade 6. In order to register for programs children must have their own HBPL library cards. Library cards are given at birth, please go to the Circulation Desk to get your child their very own card. 

Program registration can be done online at, by phone at 631-728-6241 (option 6), or in person beginning on the date specified in the current bimonthly newsletter.  Email registrations will NOT be accepted. Each child must have their own HBPL library card in order to register. 

Please arrive on time for all programs. Latecomers may not be permitted entry depending on the program. Parents/caregivers are always welcome to bring younger and/or older siblings of the registered child to a pre-school program. However, if the children are both/all of the program’s specified age each one must be registered separately to guarantee the proper amount of supplies. 

Our virtual programs are are either posted on our Facebook pageYouTube channel or emailed from at the specified date and time in the newsletter. If you are registered for a virtual or take & make (kit only) program you will receive a phone call when the kit is ready to be picked up.

Our No Child Left Inside Programs occur at least once a month. Too much time indoors with television, video games, computers and any of the technological devices available can be harmful to our children.

These skills develop in the first five years of life & your child’s early experiences with books & language will build a foundation on which they will learn to read. 

Use your library card to access databases, online tutoring, language learning, e-books, movies, TV and more.

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Meet the Staff

Christine Fitzgerald, Head of Children’s and Parent Services Department received her MLS from CUNY Queens with separate certification in Children’s and Teen Library Services in 2012.  She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, minoring in Child Study in 2009.  She enjoys spending time with her family, including her crazy Jack Russell Terrier, reading, listening to audio books, gardening, and collecting seashells on the beach.  Her favorite season is fall.  Her favorite holiday is Halloween.  She has too many favorite children’s books to list, however, Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio and The Little Brut Family by Russell Hoban are among her top picks.  Her favorite quote is “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift.  That’s why we call it the present.”  Winnie the Pooh ” 

Barbara Acard,  Full Time Children’s Services Librarian, also received her MLS from CUNY Queens with separate certification in Children’s and Teen Library Services in 2012.  She worked for 10 years as a full  time Youth Services librarian at the Riverhead Free Library and as a Teen and Children’s librarian at the Westhampton Free Library.  Prior to becoming a librarian, Miss Barbara was an Early Intervention provider and Special Education teacher for AHRC of New York City.  She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in early childhood and special education, respectively and has over 30 years experience working with children and families.  She absolutely adores Pete the Cat and Elephant & Piggie books and loves sharing them with children.  Her hobbies include playing with her three rescue chihuahua mixes, reading (surprise, surprise) and classic films. 

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