Resources for Children
2018 Summer Reading Program: Reading Takes You Everywhere
This summer, we will read stories about the Wild West, the Land Down Under, the African Jungles, China, the Rainforest, and Europe. We will cover fiction, non-fiction, and biographies. There will be songs to sing, games to play, and crafts to make. The summer reading program is designed to keep children engaged in reading and listening over the summer break. We hope you will bring your children to our age-appropriate programs, check out books, and encourage them to enjoy reading as a fun activity. Studies show that children who engage in recreational reading can keep up their skill levels over the summer break.
Registration begins on June 4, 2018. You may register at either library branch. Be sure to pick up a reading log and start checking out some books and start reading! Our reading competitions are open to all children ages 2 1/2 years old to rising 8th grader. Prizes will be given weekly, with grand prizes awarded at our final celebrations. See our calendar for our storytime schedule and special performances for all ages. All activities are free!
The 2018 Summer Reading Program is made possible through a grant from the River Counties Community Foundation.
Summer Reading Program 2017 YouTube video: (Courtesy of Ray Rose, Southside Sentinel.)
Early World of Learning, World Book Online’s early childhood digital resource, is a child’s first encyclopedia, eBook, and introduction to core early concepts. With read-aloud across all functions, the 60 stories in “World of Reading” and “Trek’s Travels” tie learning together through videos, games, and printable activities. Twelve stories are available in both Spanish and English, and the worksheets also offer written instructions in Spanish. Classic songs, nursery rhymes, and fairy tales complete the program, and are often included in the lesson plan for each story. Just type in your library card number and you’re off!
Need a map? Or just curious about geography or historic maps? Look no further than A to Z Maps Online! Free to all MCPL library card holders, you can access this database from home or at the library. Maps can be downloaded and printed. Includes lesson plans for teachers, and activities for kids!
NoveList K-8 Plus is a comprehensive reading resource for children’s fiction and nonfiction. With a fun and intuitive interface, and extensive proprietary content, NoveList K-8 Plus will help you integrate reading across the curriculum and support your young readers. Click on the logo to start!
Explora High School, Explora Middle School, and Explora Primary School databases provide content suitable to students in each school level. Features include a simple search that quickly delivers relevant results and easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic.
Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.