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The stories we tell...
We are so excited to be able to refresh our picture book and play area in the children’s library with new furniture thanks to a generous gift from Marilyn Takefman.

We are still awaiting the arrival of a few items to complete our transformation. In the meantime, parents and children alike have already begun to enjoy the bright and comfortable area for reading together and spending quality time together.

Come take a look! Sit down and enjoy!

Welcome to the Norman Berman Children’s Library (NBCL) of the JPL, a lively, innovative library serving all children from birth to 14 years of age.  With only a $15 annual membership fee, you are entitled to borrow from our exciting book collection (offered in English, French, Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish and Russian) as well as from our extensive collection of CDs, DVDs, magazines and early literacy kits. Your membership will also give you access to our ELF child-safe browser at home making research projects easy, fun, and safe for your kids.

Onsite, the Haim Kotler Genius Lab offers games and activities that are fun for kids, promote early literacy skills and help to develop science, technology, engineering, art and math skills. They are a great resource offering support to children between the ages of 2 and 10. Most importantly, the Haim Kotler Genius Lab makes learning fun!

Our collection supports school curriculum, reading for pleasure and encourages life-long learning.  It will help children complete school projects, satisfy special interests and foster a love for reading.  The NBCL also houses a comprehensive Judaica collection. This includes materials on the Jewish holidays, Jewish life and history, the exciting world of Jewish storytelling and children’s literature which are unique to our collection.

All types of reference materials are available on a vast array of subjects in several languages to extend the information available to Library patrons.  Our automated system permits you to browse the Library collection from home, quickly and efficiently.

We have a relevant Young Adult book collection in the library and in eBook format for more advanced readers. You can browse and borrow our eBooks right from home on tablets, iPads or eReaders. These books are popular with teens and adults, and are flying off the shelves!

Our friendly and devoted staff goes above and beyond to help children, teens and their parents. We can’t wait to meet you! Our homey atmosphere encourages our patrons to visit us frequently.