Children's Page  

Dogs At The Library
Do dogs enjoy listening to stories? Help us and the 4-H Dog Club find out!

Your child can choose a book and a cozy place in the Children’s Room, then read to one of the dogs.

No sign-up required. This program will be offered on Tuesdays: November 11, January 13, and February 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

eReading Rooms for Kids and Teens
Check out ebooks for kids with our Overdrive database. Once inside the eReading Room, all searches will show only juvenile or young adult content. No adult content will appear in the search results. All titles in the eReading Room are also cataloged by reading level, AT scores and other reading metrics to help parents and teachers select titles to aid in literacy campaigns. All titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold.  Try it out!



Homework Help
Mondays through Thursdays
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

No Homework Help on days that K-8 OR High School are off.

Tutoring Available
A few tutors are available to tutor Elementary, Middle school and Jr. High students in all subjects.  Apply for a tutor at the Children's Circulation Desk.  Parents will be notified if a tutor is available. 

High School and College Math Tutor  Available
Apply at the Children's Circulation Desk.  We will notify you if a tutor is available.


Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Homework Hotline provides FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12. Students may contact the Homework Hotline from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), Sunday, through Thursday, September through May toll free at 1-877-ASK-ROSE or on-line at

Class Brain assists students from 1 through 101 to explore the universe, to be inspired by the work of others around the world, to become excited about their own endeavors, and to embrace the education process. is a free homework information portal that features the very best K-12 homework-related sites together with engaging editorial in one high-utility, educational spot.

Interactive Mathematics logo Interactive Mathematics uses LiveMath, Flash and Scientific Notebook to enhance mathematics lessons.

Topics range from grade 8 algebra to college-level Laplace Transformations.

B. J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
A wonderful guide to encyclopedias, dictionaries, reference works, and other resources on a great variety of subjects. There are many free resources on to help kids—and parents—with their homework and projects.

The Smithsonian Education site allows kids to explore, discover and learn through all varieties of topics including science, art and culture.

For Kids

Explore Your Environment
The Indiana DNR has a treasure map of a different kind, just for kids. Explore your Environment is an interactive map designed to take kids to five different areas: A Long Time Ago, I’m Alive, The Hoosier State, Get up and Go Outdoors, and Let’s Have Fun. Each area takes you to different types of information.

Spearheaded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, iCivics is a web-based education project designed to reinvigorate civic teaching and learning.  It features free lesson plans, web quests, discussion forums, and games.  iCivics resources are all free.

ALA great links for kids! -Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association

SlimeKids - School library media Kids is created and maintained by a licensed reading specialist and school library media specialist. Students have the opportunity to choose from many of the best literacy-related resources and educational tools found online through the use of this website. SlimeKids is designed to help connect students with print materials through their book reviews, book trailers and authors pages.
The SlimeKids games, search engines and reference pages can also help students have a more productive online experience.

Periodicals - Click here for a list of magazines available in the children's department.

Mailbox magazine for teachers is now available online only. 



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Free Child Care Search
Paths to QUALITY™ is a free resource to help parents make decisions regarding child care and to help child care programs improve the quality of care offered.

Donations Needed
The children's department is accepting donations of craft supplies.  Supplies such as glue sticks, yarn, buttons, feathers sponge shapes, pom-poms, etc. would be greatly appreciated. is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. The online database includes thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, from meet the author movies, book reviews, to lesson plans for teachers.

The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books). TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which have been licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format.

Explore our collection of large print and read-along chapter books. TumbleReadables are online electronic books which include an innovative text size slider which enables the reader to increase the text size to up to 34PT. Perfect for reluctant, emergent, ESL and middle schoolers who just love to read! is a great website that's designed for preK-4 students, but it's perfect for struggling readers of all ages. The site is full of reading resources, and it's highly interactive. Plus, as an added bonus, it focuses on the Dolch "Basic Sight Vocabulary" list—220 high-frequency words that make up more than 50 percent of the words that readers encounter in books, magazines, and newspapers.

Storyline Online is a collection of video recordings of children's stories being read by notable actors and actresses. Each video has a short introduction by the actor before transitioning to the reading of the story. Children can follow along with the pictures and words of each story.

Top Ten Reasons Why Audiobooks are Great for Kids
(Based on the most commonly heard phrases out of the mouths of babes.)

1.  "I'm bored."  Terrific entertainment for readers, pre-readers, and reluctant readers.

2.  "Are we there yet?"  Keeps kids (and you) happy (and quiet) on long car rides.

3.  "I didn't hear you."  Encourages and enhances listening skills.

4.  "But I don't wanna read."  Promotes reading -- audiobooks get kids excited about books and reading in general.

5.  "Buy me something."  A perfect opportunity to buy your kids something fun & educational.

6.  "But I have no one to play with..."  Makes a great all-by-myself activity.

7.  "We have nothing to do."  Makes a great group activity with family, friends or classmates.

8.  "Read me a story."  All kids love to be read to -- audiobooks are always accessible when readers aren't able to read.

9.  "Mommy what does &*!@% mean?"  It's perfectly wholesome and appropriate entertainment-- the kind parents don't have to worry about.

10.  "There's nothing on TV."  They're right.

"Savor the sound of great stories"
Miss Marie


Go Home

Templeton and Prunella

Be sure to stop by the Children's department and visit Templeton and Prunella.


After visiting the birds, make sure to stop by the Children's checkout desk to stamp the visitor's record.

Monarch Butterfly Display
We had 13 caterpillars turn into butterflies this year.  Thank you for coming to visit them.



To search for Accelerated reader books for the elementary schools, click on the AR BookFinder logo.

Available in the Children's Department: 
Playaway View

Pre-loaded video player.

Playaway View is a simple way for young children to watch educational and entertaining videos on the go. Each Playaway View comes with the video content already pre-loaded on it. Earphones not required.

No DVDs. No Downloads. Just Play.

Goes wherever you do. Equipped with a built-in speaker and optional headphone jack, so kids can watch in any environment. Easily navigate back and forth through chapters

No DVDs to scratch and designed for drops — Playaway View™ was built with kids in mind.

Each Playaway View holds multiple videos for hours of enjoyment and can be charged with a standard AC Adaptor through any wall outlet. Always ready when you are.

Must be checked out on an adult card, $1 charge to check out for 1 week.  $1 per day overdue charge. Not renewable.

Motivating Children to Read

I believe that everyone would agree PE02634_.gif (3901 bytes) that  two of the most important skills that children need to accomplish are to be able to read well and to comprehend what is read. Here are some helpful hints on how to motivate children to read.

1. Help children find time to read.

2. Surround children with reading materials.

3. Become aware of children’s interests.

4. Nurture children’s interests and seek out books to support them.

5. Encourage children to make their own reading
selections, and respect them.

6. Share children’s reading experiences.

7. Value children’s opinions and concerns.

Miss Marie

For Parents

When visiting the Children's Room, please read our Unattended/Safe Child Policy.

Parents: If your kids surf the web, PLEASE consider suggesting for them "Connect Safely"


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