The Children’s Department is located on the 1st floor of the library. We can be reached at 203-426-3851. Our Children’s Department pages have information about programs and a variety of resources for children and parents. Looking for book recommendations for your child? Novelist can help!
Book Builder is a cloud-based software program that gives users the ability to write, illustrate and publish their own books. Parents can create an account for their child/children by clicking on the link below. After the book is complete, authors have the option to print it at home or send it out to be bound as a soft or hard cover edition.
Learn to Code with Prenda
Prenda is an online coding e-resource where kids can learn computer programming skills. Prenda’s curriculum takes the user from knowing nothing about coding to being able to make their own websites, video games, apps, animations and more. Users complete a series of “workouts” and “missions” to learn new coding concepts. After completing a workout or mission, type in the code “stawesome.” This allows you to move up to the next level.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Reading aloud with children is the single most important activity parents and other adults can do to prepare children to learn to read. Sharing a wide variety of books with a child can stimulate cognitive skills, increase vocabulary and stimulate their curiosity about the world. It’s not that difficult to read 1,000 books before kindergarten. If you read just 3 books every day, by the end of a year, you’ll have read 1095 books! Stop by the children’s circulation desk to register for this fun and simple program, pick up your booklet and start reading!
The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of e-books for children that features over 250 animated, talking picture books. The site also includes Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, quizzes, and exciting games and puzzles. Your library card gives you unlimited access to TumbleBooks, here in the library or from your home computer or mobile device. Click here to get started with Tumblebooks.
World Book’s Early World of Learning is an online e-book and activity platform. Preschoolers and emergent learners will engage in an interactive and playful environment that encourages reading comprehension and mastery of phonetic skills. Early World of Learning is full of stories, videos, songs, and games to provide a firm foundation for 21st-century learning and digital citizenship. Click here to get started with Early World of Learning.
More than 4,000 interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s online curriculum is a comprehensive online educational resource for young learners (ages 2–7+). From Age of Learning, Inc. Free for use in our library