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  • How many children's items can I take out and how long can I keep them?

4 Juvenile DVDs. Juvenile DVDs may be kept for 7 days and may be renewed once.

2 New Juvenile DVDs. New Juvenile DVDs may be kept for 2 days and there are 0 renewals.

4 Juvenile Informational DVDs. Juvenile Information DVDs may be kept for 7 days and may be renewed once.  

6 Juvenile music CDs. Juvenile music CDs may be kept for 28 days and may be renewed once.

6 Juvenile audiobooks. Juvenile audiobooks may be kept for 28 days and may be renewed once.

2 Playaways. Juvenile Playaways may be kept for 28 days and may be renewed once.

1 Playaway View. Playaway Views may be kept for 7 days and may not be renewed.

1 Video Game. Video games may be kept for 7 days and may not be renewed.

20 Magazines. Circulating copies of magazines may be kept for 28 days and may be renewed once.

100 Books. Juvenile books may be kept for 28 days and may be renewed twice.

100 New Books. New Juvenile books may be kept for 14 days and may not be renewed.

* Numbers are for those patrons with a Juvenile Resident card.

  • How old do children have to be to get a library card?

                  Children/teens under age 18 need to have a parent or guardian sign for their cards.

  • How do my children read away their late fines at the library?

Readers through age 18 and non-reading children being read to may read away their fines. Only fines on children's items may be read away. The fines may appear on the child's card or on their parent or guardian's card. Only late and processing fines may be read away; fines for lost items and collection service fees may not be read away. $2.00 will be deducted from a child's fines for every 15 minutes read.

  • How do my children use the Internet in the children's room?

The Court House library children's room provides three computers for children's Internet and online card catalog access. We require children to sign up with their library card to use these computers. If they do not have a library card, they can request a guest pass from a librarian. However, during peak times, we reserve the right to limit children to 30 minutes of computer time per child. In the Lower Cape, Upper Cape, Wildwood Crest, Cape May, Sea Isle City, Woodbine & Stone Harbor Branches children may use the same Internet terminals as adults.

Although we provide filtered internet workstations in compliance with the "Children's Internet Protection Act" no filtering system is foolproof. Therefore, parents and guardians of minor children using the internet are ultimately responsible for providing guidance for children under their care.

  • How do the children's librarians choose what to include in their collections?

The Cape May County Library provides free library service to the residents of Cape May County regardless of age, sex, religion, race, educational level, physical disability or ethnic background. The Library attempts to fill the informational, recreational, cultural and educational needs of the residents of the county as allowed by budgetary and space restrictions. Materials will be selected by the Library staff with input from the community. The full Selection Policy is available at the Main Library.

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