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Check with our staff for special school and day care visits, booklists and tours.

Parent-Teacher Collection
People often comment on the quality and depth of our Parent-Teacher Collection. We're very proud to offer this collection that addresses the needs of parents and educators in the community.

In the Children's Department you can access the MCLINC catalog. Call 215-885-5180, ext. 28, for details.

Checkout Procedures
Children's Non Fiction: 4 books per subject per card.

Children's Holiday Materials

  • 4 items per subject per card (excluding DVDs)
  • No Renewals
  • During the 30 days preceding a holiday: Items circulate for 1 week.
  • During the rest of the year: Items circulate for 3 weeks.

Unattended Children Policy
Library staff members cannot assume responsibility for the care, safety or well being of children in the Library. Please read more here.

Lion for The 200 Book Challenge!Before your child goes to Kindergarten...

Take the 200 Book Challenge!

What is the 200 Book Challenge?
This is a free program that encourages parents to read with their child before he or she enters school. Sharing books together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid reading foundation. These are key to school and learning success. Plus, reading together is fun!

How Does It Work?
Stop by the Roslyn Library at any time to sign up for the program. You will receive a reading log to take home to record the number of books you have read to your child. Books read at library story time, preschool, or by others to your child also count! When you finish 100 books bring your reading log to the library and your child will receive a small prize. After finishing 200 books you and your child will get a picture taken for the local newspaper. You will also receive a congratulatory certificate.

Who Can Participate?
All families with children who have not yet started kindergarten can join the program-even newborns!
We welcome all area families.

The library is a fun place to visit! Check out books with your library card and participate in our programs-all for free!


Pirate Ship

Abington Free Library's Children's Department

Where do you find the books about Pirates?

Abington Free Library's Children's Department

Where do you find the Arthur books?

Roslyn has new chairs!

Roslyn Branch Library...

...has new furniture!


Children's Edition PowerPACChildren will enjoy our variety of books and materials... story times and special programs ... the Children's Edition of Power PAC (catalog) and they won't want to miss our annual Summer Reading Club.

Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.


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Captain AmericaThe Abington Free Library Children’s Department is pleased to offer graphic novels for the elementary grades. According to Getting Graphic! by Michele Gorman, a graphic novel is “an original book-length story, either fiction or non-fiction books, published in a comic book style … or a collection of stories that have been published previously as comic books.”

Graphic novels stimulate children’s imaginations through exciting combinations of pictures and text. They engage reluctant readers and boost the confidence of children who are ESL students or reading below their grade level. They are popular with kids and great fun to read.

Children’s graphic novels are available downstairs. Look for them in the bookcase next to the magazine section.

- Carolyn DuBois
Head, Children's Department, Abington Free Library


Upcoming Kids Events

Event Event datesort descending Location
Drop-In Story Times 04/17/2014 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Chess for Beginners 04/17/2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm Abington
Brian Richards, Comedy & Magic - Celebrate National Library Week 04/17/2014 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm Abington
Story Times with Jean and Niji 04/21/2014 - 10:30am to 11:00am Abington
“Birds in the Garden” 04/22/2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm Abington
Drop-In Story Times 04/24/2014 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Chess for Beginners 04/24/2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm Abington
Friends’ Flea Market, Book and Spring Plant Sidewalk Sale 04/26/2014 - 9:30am to 3:00pm Abington
Story Times with Jean and Niji 04/28/2014 - 10:30am to 11:00am Abington
MICHAEL RECYCLE’S EARTH DAY CRAFT 04/29/2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm Abington
Drop-In Story Times 05/01/2014 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Observe Cinco de Mayo 05/05/2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm Roslyn
Baby Days 05/06/2014 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
Drop-In Story Times 05/08/2014 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
A Visit with Mother Goose 05/12/2014 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm Roslyn
Baby Days 05/13/2014 - 11:00am to 11:30am Roslyn
“Set Sail with the Vikings” 05/14/2014 - 1:30am to 2:30am Abington
Drop-In Story Times 05/15/2014 - 11:00am to 11:30am Abington
Celebrate Black History and Children’s Book Week - Kathleen Lindsey 05/15/2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm Abington
Ivy + Bean Book Celebration - postponed until May 19 05/19/2014 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm Roslyn
Bakers Needed - Election Day Bake Sale 05/20/2014 - 9:30am to 8:00pm Abington
Baby Days 06/02/2014 - 7:00pm to 7:30pm Roslyn
Baby Days 06/09/2014 - 7:00pm to 7:30pm Roslyn
“Not your Average Ladybug” 06/27/2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Roslyn