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  1. The JCFPL is now operating on expanded hours and services. Please visit our reopening page for more information and updates.

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Who We are

Welcome to the Jersey City Free Public Library Children Services landing page. The JCFPL Children Services Team is here to share our passion for children’s literature, library resources and programs, inspire a life-long appreciation for reading and learning among our patrons, and support all the youth within the Jersey City community to learn, grow and thrive! We are an anti-racist organization and committed to amplifying and elevating voices of authors that represent our diverse communities. While these have been challenging times, the Jersey City Free Public Library has a wide variety of online resources and virtual programs that are available to the public to access from the comfort of their home. Additionally, all of our branches are available for curbside pickup! Whether you are looking for specific children book titles or would like one of our librarians to make book recommendations, patrons may visit our online catalog to browse books they’d like to checkout and schedule a time to visit their local branch for curbside pickup. Patrons should visit the following page to learn how to create a library account and request materials from their preferred branch and obtain them through curbside pickup:

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What we do

In addition to offering wonderful books for children to read, the JCFPL Children Services team also hosts a wide variety of educational virtual events and programs, which include story time, sing-alongs, music lessons, arts and craft sessions, chess classes, yoga sessions, dance lessons, author visits and other fun events! Until we are able to meet again in person, please visit our virtual events calendar at for a listing of the most current virtual programs.

Digital Services

Have you signed up for a library card yet? Unlock the doors to new worlds of possibility and sign up for a library card today! Library cardholders can borrow a wide variety of library materials, including picture books, board books, juvenile books, and much more! Cardholders can also access all the digital collections and research databases that the JCFPL has to offer. Check out ebooks, eAudiobooks and stream music and movies using your library card! Please follow the link and sign up for a library card today!

Did you know that the Jersey City Free Public Library offers a variety of virtual services that allows patrons to view educational videos, movies and check out books from home? All you need to do to access them is sign up for a Jersey City Free Public Library card (it’s free) and you are ready to get started! Follow the links below to access these wonderful resources.

Library Resources

Blissful Coding Club

Sign up for our 7th session of free, online coding classes for students in grades 2-12. Classes and Workshops in Scratch, Python, Cybersecurity, HTML/CSS, Cryptography, App Development and more.

Sign up here

Girls Who Code (GWC) is an international nonprofit offering free and flexible
coding resources for our community!

When you sign up to start a GWC Club, you’ll get access to everything you need -- including training, comprehensive resources, 120+ hours of easy-to-use and flexible coding curriculum for 3-12th graders, and even free t-shirts and other swag for each of your Club members. Clubs curriculum features coding tutorials for all skill levels, inspiring women in tech, community-building activities to increase confidence, and project-based learning related to activism. You don’t need any prior coding experience to get started!

Plus -- all genders are welcome in this girls-supportive environment. Learn more about the Clubs program here or join a webinar here.

Sign up here to access GWC’s free Clubs curriculum & resources!

Ever wonder how a career in tech can help you pursue your passions?Join Girls Who Code summer 2022 to find out! If you’re a 9-12th grade girl - both cis and trans - or non-binary student, you’re invited to apply to Girls Who Code’s 2-week virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP) or virtual Self-Paced Program (SPP)!

You’ll learn an intro to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript through fun, hands-on projects for beginners or receive advanced certification in cybersecurity if you’re looking to sharpen your coding skills. You’ll even explore careers in tech through connections to top companies like YumBrands and Bank of America, just to name two! Plus - you’ll become a part of a global sisterhood of 450,000 students worldwide that’ll grant you access to exclusive alumni career support for life! In addition to our Summer Programs being 100% free, stipends of up to $300 and tech support are available for applicants who qualify.

So what are you waiting for?! Fill out the interest form today to be the first to know when the application goes live mid-January 2022!

Find out more about the 1000 Books before Kindergarten Challenge. Read more

Scholastic Chess Tournaments

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Additional Resources

Please click on the button below for available resources.

JCFPL's Virtual Rooms
Enjoy these interactive virtual rooms filled with resources that range from songs and movement to digital services that assist with reading and learning. Enter the room, click on the images and have fun! Make sure to click on Ms. Vanessa’s avatar first for some instructions. *You need a library card to access some of the resources.
Video Tutorials
“In addition to a wide selection of feature films, Kanopy provides access to the Great Courses and dozens of other educational and instructional videos. App available on Apple App or Google Play stores.
Learn and explore OverDrive with a tutorial from our Youth Services Librarian Kate Davis.

"The Children’s services team is dedicated to enhancing children’s educational experience through innovative and rewarding library programs. Utilizing various platforms such as social media, gamming applications, technology and in-house programming, the children’s services team will adopt all tools at its disposal to provide a unique and fun learning experience for children. Our central focus is the promotion of literacy and lifelong learning."