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CHILDREN’S SERVICES

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SUMMER READING

Join our Summer Reading Program for reading fun this summer.  Don’t forget to check the calendar to see all the special events we have planned for the summer months!

STORYTIMES & PROGRAMS

Baby, toddler, and preschool storytimes offered on a regular basis.
Monthly after-school crafts.
Regular performances by professional entertainers.
Occasional family storytimes on evenings and Saturdays.
Check library calendar for dates and times.

DISPLAY CASES

Two display cases are available to showcase children’s collections. Sign-up with the Children’s Department. Find out more information here.

PLAY AREA

There is a space for quiet play to stimulate cognitive skills in young children. A puppet theatre, train table, and puzzles are available for use here.

REFERENCE SERVICES

A reference collection and online databases are available. Staff is always available to assist.

COMPUTERS

Children through Grade 6, with parental permission, may use computers for internet access, word processing, and computer games. Cyber Patrol filters are installed on all Children’s Room computers.

MUSEUM PASSES

Passes to area museums may be reserved and borrowed at the Reference Desk on the Lower Level. Reserve passes from home with our online reservation system.

TEACHERS & SCHOOLS

Class and teacher visits welcome! Extended circulation periods for teachers are available. To alert us about an upcoming homework assignment, please email Children’s Librarian Elisabeth Strachan.

CHILDREN’S MATERIALS

BOOKS

Books circulate for two weeks and can usually be renewed up to two times. Includes books with read-along CDs.

DVDs and PLAYAWAY VIEWS

DVDs circulate for two weeks and may be renewed once. Playaway Views circulate for one week and may be renewed once.

AUDIOBOOKS

Audiobooks circulate for two weeks, and may be renewed once.

E-BOOKS & DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOKS

Borrow children’s eBooks and eAudiobooks through OverDrive, Hoopla, and Axis360 (part of Commonwealth EBook Collections). In addition, borrow music and watch streaming video through Hoopla.

Axis360
Hoopla (Kid’s Mode available)
OverDrive for Kids & Teens

VIDEOGAMES

Videogames can be checked out for one week and may be renewed once.

WORLD LANGUAGES

There is a small collection of children’s books in Chinese, Spanish, French and other languages other than English. Children’s materials in other languages may be requested from other libraries for pick-up here.

PARENTING MATERIALS

Books on issues such as sleeping, nutrition and education are available, as well as magazines such as Parents and FamilyFun.

REFERENCE

Dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases and more are available.

MUSIC CDs

Music CDs circulate for two weeks. There is a large selection of children’s music to choose from.

EARLY CHILDHOOD KITS

Early Childhood Kits circulate for two weeks, no renewals and no holds. Kits are designed for use at home by adults with young children, or for daycare lessons. Themes include Marc Brown’s Arthur, Dinosaurs, Music, Mexican Fiesta, and more.

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

Books & Reading

Accelerated Reader BookFinder
Find Accelerated Reader ratings or take a quiz on a title

Juvenile Series and Sequels
Find the next book in your favorite series

Homework Help

Fact Monster
Info on many topics for homework from Information Please®

Kids.gov
Government Information for Kids, Parents and Teachers

KidzSearch
Kid-friendly search engine

BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper: Math
Websites for math homework help and practice

Fun & Games

Art Zone for Kids
Art activities from the National Gallery of Art

Cool Math Games
Math games for kids

Crayola Crafts
Craft ideas organized by category from Crayola crayon

More Fun & Games

FunBrain
Educational games for kids from kindergarten and up

Great Websites for Kids
Hundreds of awesome sites gathered by the American Library Association

History Games
Ad-free American history games from Kids.gov

Learn to Type Games
Games to help learn to type

National Geographic for Kids
Cool info and pictures. Nature, animals, geography, and more

PBS Kids
Games featuring favorite PBS characters

Science Kids
Fun science/technology activities and info

Sports Illustrated for Kids
Sports fun from Sports Illustrated for Kids

Typing Club
Learn keyboarding for free

FOR PARENTS

Parenting Resources

Accelerated Reader BookFinder
Find Accelerated Reader ratings or take a quiz on a title

Curriculum Standards
Overview of Massachusetts learning standards

Common Sense Media
Family values in books and media with reviews parents can trust

Great Websites for Parents
List of useful sites for parents and caregivers, gathered by the American Library Association

Mediatrician
Doctor gives parents advice on media for children’s best development

More Parenting Resources

PBS Parents
Parenting tips and resources

Scratch
Computer programming for kids

Zero to Three
Information to help your baby or toddler get a great start

Internet Safety

ConnectSafely: Parent Guides
Online safety information for parents

NetSmartz
Online safety tips for parents & guardians

SafeKids
Digital citizenship, online safety & civility info

CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING

Celebrate Summer at the Thayer Public Library 2016 Summer Reading Program!

Summer Reading Starts Wednesday, June 22nd

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The Thayer Public Library offers a Summer Reading Program for children up through grade 6.

TO PARTICIPATE:

Sign-up for the Summer Reading Program in the Children’s Room at the library! Don’t forget to check the Children’s Calendar to see all the special events we have planned for this Summer!

“On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” is sponsored by Thayer Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

2016 SUMMER READING LISTS

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Braintree Public Schools
Summer Information and Reading Lists

Blue Hills Regional Technical School
Summer Academic Assignments

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Archbishop Williams
Summer Reading Lists

Thayer Academy
Middle School
Upper School

CHILDREN’S NEW STUFF

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Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer

Author: Stanley, Diane
Published: 2017

We’re All Wonders

Author: Palacio, R.J.
Published: 2017

Little Fox in the Forest

Author: Graegin, Stephanie
Published: 2017

Moana

Published: 2017