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Schooner Cove

Schooner Cove Guidelines

What is special about Schooner Cove? Schooner Cove is designed specifically for children birth to six. Schooner Cove is for parents and caregivers to practice singing, talking, reading, writing and playing together, side-by-side with their babies, toddlers and preschoolers in a safe and age-appropriate environment.

Why is there emphasis on child and parent/caregiver participation? As your child's first teacher, we invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage with your child. Your young child learns best through direct interaction with you, and HCPL strives to provide a safe, educational, and fun environment that supports early learning.

What else should I know to make my visit special?

  • Make other arrangements for older children; there is a full service children’s area in the main part of the library for all ages.
  • Parental supervision is required, and we ask that you stay in close contact with your children. Guide your children to choose developmentally appropriate toys and play constructively with them.
  • Assist your child in putting away materials in one venue before moving on to another. This teaches your children the importance of cleaning up, as well as respect for others who will follow.
  • Help us maintain a clean and sanitary environment; keep all food and drink (except water) out of Schooner Cove. However, nursing and bottle-feeding infants are welcome.
  • For the safety of our youngest visitors, Little Lagoon is reserved for babies who are not yet walking and their caregivers.
  • To promote attentive behaviors, keep your cell phones on silent and other electronic devices off. Laptop use is not permitted. Photos are discouraged and only permitted for your child.
  • Have fun playing with your children! Marvel in what your children can do. Follow their lead. Encourage them to take each learning experience farther. These are teachable moments that will last!