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Children's Services, Main Library has games, toys, and puzzles available for checkout just like books!
Our collection features items that are educational and diverse--old favorites and new innovations. We've got something appropriate for children as young as 6 months old --try Perpeto or Tangiball. For that 96-year-old who still feels like a kid, check out Set or another great game in our collection.
We add to our collection regularly from such sources as Discovery Toys, Habba, Constructive Playthings and others. You can sample the best without buyer's remorse --especially if you have a child who may only love something for a week or two.
Come in and check out our toys!
Join us for SJCPL's Mock Newbery Club. For readers ages 9-14. We'll be reading a variety of books eligible to win the 2012 Newbery Medal. Be ready to read a lot and talk about what makes the writing good--or not. Registration required.
- Storytime Bags
- You can hear a story over the phone 24 hours a day at 282-4660, brought to you by the Children’s Services Department. Picture books, folk tales or poems several minutes long are read by library staff persons or volunteers. The selection changes once a week. For information about the selections, you can contact the Main Children’s Room, 282-4607 during open hours.
- Visit our Kids Place games page. We have games for all ages!
- Other game websites
- Arthur's Homepage
- Fun and games with Arthur, the world's most famous aardvark.
- Berenstain Bears Activities for Learning and Fun
- You can dress the bears, read an interactive book, or create your own coloring book.
- Cartoon Network.com
- Games and cartoon news.
- Coffee Break Arcade
- Lots of FREE web games for kids 10 and up. Sports games, cool games, racing games, arcade games and many more!
- Disney Channel
- Fun and games with your favorite Disney characters and shows.
- Fox Kids
- Neat game site for kids.
- Contains interactive games and quizzes for K-8 kids and teachers.
- Harry Potter
- Read about Harry Potter, meet the author, J.K. Rowling, play Harry Potter games, and join a discussion group.
- Magic School Bus
- Games, guided tours, simple science, and more.
- Nickelodeon Online
- Lots of exciting games. ( You need to register for a password to play some games.)
- Official web site for Nintendo of America, inc.
- Official Harry Potter Movies Website
- Enroll in Hogwarts, take part in the sorting ritual, read the Daily Prophet to keep current on all things about Harry Potter and his friends.
- Play Kids Games.com
- Interactive fun with your favorite orange fat cat.
- Professor Garfield
- Exciting games using computer, math, reading, and problem solving skills for ages 4-8 (younger with a parent.)
- Scholastic's Games and Contests
- Your link to games about some of your favorite books. Includes the Captain Underpants Arcade, I Spy games, and much, much more.
- Science Alive! Science Links
- Check out these cool links from Science Alive!
- Visit all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters.
- Yuckiest Site on the Internet
- Lots of slimy fun.
- Great Websites for Kids from American Library Association
- Homework Help
- Homework Tutoring
- Subject Guides
- Useful Links
- Parent's Guide to the St. Joseph County Public Library
- Accelerated Reader Lists
- Award Books - Links to Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, Newbery Medal and Honor Books, and other children's book awards given by the American Library Association.
- All Aboard! Books About Trains for Young People
Trains hold a special place in the imaginations of both young and old. Following are some of the best fiction and nonfiction books currently on the shelves at the library. Created by SJCPL librarian Cathie vonBergen.
Books about children who are disabled or deal with the diabled. For children 12 and older. Created by SJCPL librarian Rebecca Waring-Crane.
- Hoosier Happenings - Stories that take place in Indiana
Created by SJCPL librarian Theresa Stoner
- I'm Growing Up!
Picture books about getting taller and the new experiences that come with it. Created by SJCPL librarian Cathie vonBergen.
- Indiana's Academic Standards Reading List
Downloadable lists of suggested reading materials by grade groups.
- Native American Novels
Created by SJCPL librarian Mary Gilbert.
- New Baby in the House
Created by SJCPL librarian Theresa Stoner.
- Wordless and Nearly Wordless Picture Books
"These books contain no words; the story is told entirely with pictures arranged in sequence. Wordless books can be "read" not only by pre- and beginning readers, but also by illiterate or semiliterate adults who want to "read" to children."- Jim Trelease from The Read-Aloud Handbook, 2001. Created by SJCPL librarian Theresa Stoner.
- All Aboard! Books About Trains for Young People
- 4Cs Conference, Best New Children’s Books for Ages 2-5 (pdf)
- Recommended New Books for Students, Grades K-12 (pdf)
- Print and Web Resources for Parents (pdf)
- Recommended Read-Alouds, Grades K-6 (pdf)
- Storyline Online
- Young Hoosier Book Award