Children

HOOPLA for Kids

BingePass is hoopla’s innovative model that allows libraries to offer their patrons popular streaming content and platforms for seven days with just one borrow. Turn on Kids Mode to limit selections to those recommended for ages 12 and under.

LIBRARY CARDS FOR CHILDREN

Hamilton residents of all ages are eligible to obtain a library card at the Circulation Desk.  For a child who has not finished 8th grade or reached 14 years of age, it is the choice of the parent or guardian as to when the child may obtain a library card. The adult must present proof of residency and a picture ID when signing the registration form. The child must be present to obtain a card. If the parent’s or guardian’s card is not in good standing the child will be denied a card until the parent’s or guardian’s account is cleared.

Please Note:  Parents and other caregivers, not the library staff, are responsible for determining what their child may read, listen to, or view.

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ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

ABCya!

Offers educational games and worksheets organized by grade. Some content requires a paid subscription.

Bendy Bookworm Yoga Story Time

Join Danielle, children’s librarian and yoga teacher, in reading and moving!

CampTV

Hands-on activities, performances, animal encounters, science experiments, story times, virtual field trips and more – everything 5- to 9-year-olds love about camp! Brought to you by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

CODE

Practice basic computer science, learn how to write programs in a variety of computer languages, or create your own apps or games!

Disney

Have fun playing a large variety of games that feature your favorite Disney characters.

First Palette

First Palette is filled with kids’ crafts, art activities, and printable pages designed to nurture creativity and promote learning.

Funbrain

Funbrain offers more than 100 fun games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy, for kids from preschool through grade 8.

Funology

Click onto this site for some ideas to entertain yourself, your friends, and your family.  You’ll find crafts, recipes, magic tricks, games, jokes, science experiments, and more.

Hamilton PAL Safety Town

Includes information about the summer Safety Town sessions and a link to download the application

PBSKids

Watch videos and play games with all your favorite PBS characters.  Parents can sign up to receive a daily newsletter with activities and tips to help their kids play and learn at home while schools are closed.

Scratch

Program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation.  Designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.

Sesame Street

Preschoolers can play games or watch videos, and parents can find activities for families to share.


HOMEWORK HELP

A+ Click

On A+ Click, you’ll find math and logic problems, sorted by grade level and subject.

Arcademics Skill Builders

Play dozens of arcade-style games to build knowledge in math, language arts, geography and more!

Bedtime Math

Before or after your nightly bedtime story, solve a fun family math problem!

CK-12 Foundation

Kids of all ages can learn math, science, and social studies by reading or watching videos.

Duolingo

Learn a language for free.

Fact Monster

Learn fun facts about tons of topics, and play games, too!

KidsHealth

Kids and parents can find information about staying healthy and safe.

Math Game Time

Students can practice math skills through games, videos, and worksheets.

NASA Space Place

Explore Earth and Space through videos, activities, crafts, and games!

Ruff Ruffman Humble Media Genius

This site from PBS Kids focuses on helping kids become savvy technology users. It uses videos to cover topic such as green tech, staying safe, living online and finding what you want.

Touchable Earth

Kids teach other kids about the world. Taught entirely by children 8 – 11 years old, in short videos, Touchable Earth promotes tolerance for gender, culture, and identity.

READING RESOURCES

ALA Notable Children’s Books

This is a list of the most creative, outstanding books published in the previous calendar year.

ALSC Book and Media Awards

Click on the name of each award to see lists of award-winning books.

Children’s Book Council

Gather ideas about what to read, and learn what’s new.

City Kidz World Magazine

Stories, essays, poems, and art by children grades 1st through 12th.

Reading Is Fundamental

Read, sing, play, and share stories together.

CAREER INFORMATION FOR KIDS

The Art Career Project

Provides information on careers in art and design as well as information on schools and scholarships.

Career Kids

Career research site geared towards kids.

Engineer Girl

National Academy of Engineers sponsored site containing articles, biographies, interviews, upcoming engineering programs for kids, design challenges, and college prep information.

K-12: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Allows kids to explore careers through games, quizzes and videos.

Know-it all Career Education

Use filters on left to find videos, documents, photos, audio and interactive lessons that are geared towards specific ages.

NASA Climate Kids Green Careers

Learn about environmentally friendly careers from interviews with those working at them.

VIRTUAL STORYTELLING

Please Note: There may be ads associated with videos hosted on YouTube. Click on the Internet Policy & Safety Link above for more information.

Author Fan Faceoff

Check out a 10-15 minute video of super fans quizzing authors on their work. 

100+ Video Read Alouds

presented by the Indianapolis Public Library

Gotham Reads Series

Videos of authors and celebrities reading awesome stories, assembled by The Gotham Group production company, with new additions each weekday.

HarperKids on YouTube

Picture book read-alouds from Harper Collins Publishers

Peachtree Publishing Remote Learning

Click for fun stories on Instagram, drawing and craft videos, virtual author visits, and more.

Read & Learn with Simon Kids on YouTube

Still being updated in 2023, Simon & Schuster presents storytime videos, nonfiction book snippets, sing-alongs, drawing tutorials and more.

Read Together, Be Together

Click above for Storytime videos from Penguin Random House, in partnership with Parents magazine.  The website also includes reading tips, booklists, and pintables.

Storyline Online

Listen to books read by authors and celebrities!