New Online Resources!
Easy to use databases featuring unlimited access! Patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or downloads. Books are available instantly. Click the icons to open links to K-6 eBooks & Math. These include videos and read-alongs. Enjoy!
To help educators and parents during this time of Covid-19, Mystery Science is offering their most popular science lessons for free. No account or login is needed. They curated this starter set of science lessons.
Personalized Learning Path Fit for catching up, enrichment or regular practice, interactive games and rewards motivate children to learn and improve their scores.
These Nest Cams provide high-definition insight into the Bald Eagle nesting process. At the start of nesting season, Bald Eagles return to their ‘home nest’ and begin ‘nestorations.’ Sticks are brought in to reinforce the structure, and soft nesting material provides the protective nest “bowl” for the 1 – 3 eggs. Incubation is about 35 days. Eyes are pealed for the first ‘pip’ or breakthrough of the egg shell by the baby inside. Viewers get to watch these babies grow and develop from downy bobble-heads to feisty and magnificent Eaglets, ready to take their first flight into the wild. A moderated chat is on all cam pages. This allows viewers to ask questions. Knowledgeable and friendly moderators guide the discussion and provide insight about eagle behavior. AEF encourages students to reserve time in the chat to ask questions and learn from experts. This hugely successful endeavor has welcomed students of all ages.
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday this week! 10am PDT / 1pm EDT
For the next couple of weeks, Mindful Schools will be offering mindfulness classes for kids! Join them online – for mindful activities, mindful movement, read-alouds – and have fun exploring mindfulness together.
Starfall.com® opened in 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read. It has expanded to include language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first, second, and third grade. Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.
Missing school isn’t easy for children or parents. But Scholastic knows there are ways to turn unexpected time at home into exciting opportunities for students to learn, think, and grow. So they created Scholastic’s Learn at Home website. This free resource provides children with 20 days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with family.
Learn about the different animals at the zoo. Includes animal facts, stories, videos, games, and craft activities
Enjoy sea otters as they frolic, watch sharks and fishes glide through their habitats, view busy tropical fishes, and be hynotised by glowing moon jellies. They have 10 live cams to choose from as well as other exciting resources to explore for all ages.
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creative illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more.
Storyline Online receives 100 million views annually from children all over the world.
Reading aloud to children improves reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, and inspires a lifelong love of reading. Book include supplemental curriculum developed by an elementary educator, to strengthen comprehension, verbal, and written skills.
PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas.
For as long as schools are closed, Amazon Audible is available. Starting today, kids can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across 6 different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It’s that easy!
Free coding for young children
ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves — then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.
Early Childhood Wellness Works Series Postponed: New Dates TBA
4 Mondays of March from 6:00 -7:00 pm
Please join us for an informative 4-part series of wellness presentations that will be sure to provide you with helpful tools and tips for parenting your young children. Sessions will be held in the Children’s Department on the first Mondays with a light supper included. Teen volunteers will be available to do craft activities with young children and keep them entertained:
March 2nd: Benefits of Children’s Yoga with Theresa Tovey, OT Regional School District 4
March 9th: Positive Parenting with Barbara Vita, Early Childhood Specialist, CT Afterschool Network
March 16th: Speech/Language Development with Mary Pope, SLP, Lyme/Old Lyme Public Schools
March 23rd: Healthy Eating with Kara Pachniuk, Certified Nutritionist-Nourish & Nosh, Madison
This program is offered by H/K Youth and Family Services in partnership with the Brainerd Memorial Library and Killingworth Library. Please register by clicking dates that you are interested in, as space is limited.
Middle School Essay Contest!
Grades 6 – 8
Prizes include $50 & $25 iTunes cards
Deadline is March 31st
SUPER SMASH BROS. CLUB POSTPONED: New Dates: TBA
Saturday, March 28th, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Learn the basics or fine tune your skills! We’ll have Smash 64, Melee, & Ultimate. Use your controller or ours. Learn techniques: wave dashing and DI, try out new characters or practice your main. Enjoy playing friendlies in a welcoming environment. An experienced player will guide newcomers. For ages 10 – 18. Refreshments served.
Nutmeg Book Club POSTPONED
Last Wednesdays 6 -7 pm
Next Meeting is March 25th
The Nutmeg Book Club returns! If you are in grades 4-6, join us on the last Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for a lively discussion of a selected Nutmeg nominee. Be prepared to enjoy pizza, snacks, book-related activities, and trivia. Please register by calling 860-345-2204 or clicking here.
Preschool Storytime CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM
Themed stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts. Appropriate for children ages 2 to 5, but siblings are always welcome. Registration is not necessary.
Music with Margie: CANCELED Until Further Notice
10:30am Thursdays: March 5th & 19th
A multi-sensory music program that builds skills in order for children to reach the developmental goals they need to enter kindergarten. Margie brings items such as beanbags, scarves, puppets, and instruments. Appropriate for children ages 2 to 6. Registration is not necessary. The theme for March is “Windy days and things that fly”. The theme for April is “April Showers and Earth Day”. The theme for May is “May flowers, butterflies, and farms.” The theme for June is “Bugs and insects.”
Toddler Tunes: 10:30 on Thursdays: CANCELED: Until Further Notice
Will alternate weeks with Margie: March 12th & 26th
Toddler Tunes is back! Mr. Dan will be leading this program along with his signature instrument, the keyboard! Toddler Tunes is a music and movement program for toddlers and their caregivers. Join us to sing nursery rhymes, dance, make music, and read a simple story. Appropriate for children ages 1 to 3, but siblings are always welcome. A music and movement program for toddlers and their caregivers. Sing, dance, make music, and read a simple story.
LEGO™ Group CANCELED until further notice
1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 5:00 PM
The 1st Tuesday of the month will have a theme and the 3rd Tuesday will be a free build. Creations will displayed until next session. For ages 5 & up. Registration is not necessary.
Come play with us!
The Children’s Department just got in lots of fun things from Green Toys! From vehicles to stacking toys to house and farm play sets, everything is made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic and is safe for babies and big kids alike. We also have a puppet stage, kitchen set, and a Brio train table. All of these additions to our Children’s Room were made possible by generous donations from the Reid Smith Memorial Fund.