Kids

See the Kids Blog for the latest CPL kids news. Other blogs:
Babies | Tweens | Parents | Thorndyke Thoughts

Books and More

Great resource: browse our book lists by topic or genre.
See also: Books and more for bestsellers and great reads.

New Materials

Award Winners

E-books

Recommendations by Grade

Recommendations by Genre

Homework Help

Homework Help Blog

Looking for that perfect book, database, or article for your homework assignment? Try out our new Homework Help Blog! To get your own recommendations, just fill out the Homework Help form and you can expect results within 72 hours.

Databases

Databases are premium sources for articles, books, media, and organized information. We have many more sources on the main databases page.

Early Literacy

Literacy development begins at birth. Children begin to associate shapes, symbols, books, and objects with contexts before they are able to actually read and write.

To help develop these emergent skills, our early literacy area includes skills-focused manipulatives, puppets for creative play and social skills, plus iPads and AWE stations with educational apps.

Early Literacy Online Resources

These fun online resources contains stories and games specifically geared towards beginning and pre-readers.

  • ABCmouse — interactive books and educational activities (in-library use only)
  • MeLBookFlix — interactively explore fiction and non-fiction
  • MeLBritannica Learning Zone — activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills; school code is MeL5
  • MeLEarly World of Learning — early literacy games and other learning activities
  • StoryWeaver — online picture books available in 120 languages
  • Tumblebooks — great online books

Lit Lab Productions

Lit Lab Productions are themed programs where we build literacy skills through reading, talking, writing, singing, and playing. Literacy skills are essential to a child's development and understanding of all aspects of the world, including reading comprehension and lifelong learning. We want to provide an environment where children develop these skills while having FUN!

If you've missed a Lit Lab Production, or just want to experience a Lit Lab Production again, grab a handout from below for some at-home Lit Lab literacy and fun!

Fun and Games

For Preschoolers

Thorndyke

Thorndyke T. Bear is our resident bear. He, along with his comrade-in-arms LB (Little Buddy), keep an eye over the Children's Library and have adventures. You can follow their exploits at Thorndyke Thoughts. For more on Thorndyke and LB, see: