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Schooner Cove

Schooner Cove - Frequently Asked Questions

Schooner Cove is an interactive early literacy and learning center for children ages birth to six and their caregivers located inside the Havre de Grace Library.

Our simulated outdoor environment appears on the water and includes developmentally appropriate books and activities that are specifically designed for parents and caregivers to help their young children learn through play. Caregivers and their young children can play interactively in several themed learning areas:

  • Little Lagoon (for infants)
  • Schooner Cove Power Station
  • Ranger Station
  • The Pond
  • Shipping Yard
  • The Beach
  • Lighthouse
  • Schooner
Each area is furnished with books and engaging play activities and materials which promote:
  • language & literacy
  • mathematical & scientific thinking
  • social & personal skills
  • small and large motor skills
  • physical development & the arts
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Q: When is Schooner Cove open?

A: Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 7:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Q: When is Schooner Cove the busiest?

A: Schooner Cove is busiest on weekday mornings and Saturdays. Feel free to call the library and check our status, 410-939-6700

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Q: Is there a limit to how many people are allowed in Schooner Cove at one time?

A: We maintain a comfortable maximum capacity in Schooner Cove at one time. Once an appropriate capacity has been reached we will begin a waiting list and distribute restaurant-style signals on a first-come first-serve basis.

Q: How long are the waits?

A: Waits can be as short as five minutes or as long as 30 minutes

Q: What can I do while I wait to be called?

A: Once your name is on the waiting list, you may explore the other children's areas, where there are books and other early literacy activities to occupy your child. You will be given a restaurantstyle signal that will notify you when it is your turn to go into Schooner Cove.

Q: How do you keep track of how many people are in Schooner Cove?

A: We monitor how many people are in Schooner Cove by registering all visitors as they enter. Each family group is given a tag which is returned at the end of the visit.

Q: Do you take reservations?

A: We do not take reservations for Schooner Cove visits. You are welcome to call the library to check Schooner Cove status before your visit, 410-939-6700.

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Q: Can I schedule my group for a visit?

A: Schooner Cove is designed for individual caregivers and their children to experience together. The library cannot guarantee groups will be able to enter all at one time. Individual groups will be registered in the order they arrive. Depending on capacity, you may enter immediately or you may have to wait. (Please review the section, above, on Capacity and Waiting Lists.) In general, we anticipate Schooner Cove to be busiest on weekday mornings and Saturdays.

Q: How many chaperones do I need for a group visit?

A: We require at least 1 adult to accompany every 3 children, in order for adults to be actively engaged with the children in their care.

Q: Do you allow private parties?

A: We do not host private parties in Schooner Cove. However, you are welcome to invite your child's friends (birth to six years) and their parents to meet you here at the library.

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Q: Why can't my older child come into Schooner Cove?

A: Schooner Cove was specifically designed for children from birth to six to engage interactively with their caregivers. Recognizing that parents are a child's first teachers, the guiding mission of Schooner Cove is to help children, along with their caregivers, gain the skills they need to learn more effectively in school. Though Schooner Cove may look like a play area for families with older children, it is actually a learning environment intended for the youngest children preparing to enter school. While children who have entered school might enjoy some of the features of Schooner Cove, they are at a different developmental level than the children for whom Schooner Cove was designed.

Q: What can my older child do while his younger brother or sister and I play in Schooner Cove?

A: he main part of the library has a full service children's area where your older child can read and play while you and your young children visit Schooner Cove. Please make arrangements as needed for someone to stay with your older child.

Q: May a babysitter take my child into Schooner Cove?

A: Since the legal age for babysitting is 13, teenagers 13 years and older may accompany children birth to six. Teenage babysitters must understand that they are considered the adult in Schooner Cove and thus are expected to interact with and supervise the younger children they are with at all times.

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Q: How do you keep Schooner Cove clean?

A: To maintain an organized and hygienic environment, Schooner Cove is tidied throughout the day. We ask our visitors to help by encouraging their children to use our materials appropriately and put them away before moving to a new area. Visitors are invited to place any toys they feel need cleaning in our "Sanitize Me" fish mouth at the greeter desk.

Q: Do you allow adults without children into Schooner Cove?

A: We do not allow unaccompanied adults in Schooner Cove. Adults who arrive without children are welcome to tour Schooner Cove with one of our staff.

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Q: Are there opportunities to volunteer in Schooner Cove?

A: Volunteer opportunities are oftentimes available at the Havre de Grace Library for Schooner Cove or other library areas. Additional information is available through the Volunteers page and by contacting the branch Volunteer Coordinator at 410-939-6700. We cannot guarantee there will be work available at all times and the library is under no obligation to accept volunteers.

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Q: May I borrow materials from Schooner Cove?

A: Schooner Cove books may not be checked out. However, many of the same titles are available in our regular collection as well as Little Leaper kits and other parent resources. Schooner Cove toys do not circulate. You will find many more materials, for children and adults, in the main part of the library.