Children’s Department

We have some great in-person, outdoor events going on for children and families.  Please see the links to the right to access our events calendar.

Need to reach the Children’s Department? Call us at 203-453-8282 or email us at and the library will respond as soon as they are able.

The library is currently open for browsing and staying for children and families.  Toys that can be easily cleaned are back in the play area in addition to individual trains for borrowing inside the library.  We have expanded our take-home offerings of toys and kits, which can be checked out for home use but NOT played with in the library.  If you wish to return kits/toys/other equipment, please visit the children’s room during open hours (DO NOT PUT THESE ITEMS INTO THE BOOK DROP!).

Anyone entering the children’s department is encouraged to wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status.  Masks for children and adults are available at the door.

Curbside pickup is a service we continue to offer in addition to traditional holds checkout inside the building and browsing for materials.  Kits, toys, and other non-standard items cannot be placed on hold nor put out for curbside pickup (you may borrow them in person during open browsing hours only).

Masks and social distancing are encouraged but not required for in-person programs, which take place outside on the library’s front lawn, weather permitting, or else inside in a meeting room.  Please do not show up if you or anyone in your family have been exposed to coronavirus, have a suspected exposure, or tested positive in the last 14 days, or if you are feeling sick or anyone in your household is under quarantine. Call the library at (203) 453-8282 if you cannot make it for any reason so we may let someone else participate. In-person events will take place outside on the library lawn, so bring sunblock, a hat, water, etc. to stay safe in the sun.

Libraries across the state have joined together to host a community calendar of virtual events that are open to residents from any town.  To see what libraries in the area are up to, click here.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram for more featured family-friendly resources.

You may access the library’s digital collections from home with your library card.  For many of these services, you will also have to create a free account using your email.

Overdrive & Libby (books/audio)

Kanopy (movies)

Hoopla (books/audio/music)

Freading (books) You will need to create a free Adobe Digital Editions account with your email to use this service.

RBdigitial (magazines)

RBdigital (books/audio)

ResearchIT (CT State Library)

eGo (CT State Library powered by RBdigital) ~ Must create a different username/password than for Guilford/LION content on other RBdigital links above!

Open Library (free ebooks from Internet Archive ~ Must create a free account to access)

The Children’s Department of the Guilford Free Library is the place to read, play, learn and grow! Here you’ll find everything for children from birth through 6th grade, as well as for the adults who come with them.

The children’s room was dedicated to a wonderful former librarian, Lana Ferguson, who gave so much to make it what it is today.  Head on over to our facebook page to see pictures from this meaningful event.

Guilford residents with babies or toddlers are welcome to join our early literacy initiative, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.   A fun program of reading to your children.  Read books, record titles, receive a book bag, and your children will be set for Kindergarten!  For more details, click here.  To sign up, please visit the children’s room.