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

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: https://www.jclibrary.org/bookrequest.

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
  1. Family Literacy Celebration - A Free Family Event at EdArts' Camp Liberty on September 18th, 10:30am-12:00pm
  1. Inspiring Young Writers Saturday, September 18th at EdArts' Camp Liberty
  1. The Blissful Coding Club is proud to open signups for the Fall 2021 session for FREE VIRTUAL coding camps and workshops for your child in grades 2-12! Classes are offered from October 11 - November 19, 2021.
  1. Scholastic Chess Tournaments
More Resources
Additional Resources

Please click on the button below for available resources.

JCFPL's Virtual Rooms
Join Youth Services Librarian Ms. Vanessa and say a happy goodbye to parents as we begin school! Explore this virtual room full of library resources meant to help your children enjoy their first days of school. Click on Ms. Vanessa in the room for directions to access 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."