Children

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Learn and Explore!

For homework help or just for fun, Metro Library has something for every kid.

At each of our libraries, you will find children’s computers with fun, educational games and online resources curated with the youngest, inquisitive minds in mind.

We offer developmentally appropriate programs, resources, and tips to encourage literacy at each stage in your child’s life. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming storytimes.

Blog Entries

Students, Get the Most Out of Your Library Card!

You know that a library card lets you check out books. You might even know about all the other great materials the library has to offer — DVDs, music CDs, magazines, graphic novels and more. But did you know about the databases? The online test prep guides? Live tutors for homework help? The stre...

Free Downloadable and the Benefits of Pretend Play

by Victoria, Marketing and Communications

Downloadable Designed by Reagan, Engagement Specialist at Ralph Ellison Library

Children love to pretend! My daughters are constantly mimicking the things I do. When I'm in the middle of cooking a meal, I'll sneak around t...

Events

Elementary Take Home Kit: Braille Literacy Month

All Day1/18 - 1/31
Belle Isle Library
Library Branch: Belle Isle Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Belle Isle)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Take Home Kit
Event Description:
This program is designed for children ages 6-12. January is Braille Literacy Month! Learn about Louis Braille who developed a system of printing and writing, called Braille, that is extensively used by the blind. Make a Simple Braille Slate and Stylu...

Disclaimer(s)

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.

Movie Night Bundle

1/18 @ 9:00am
to
2/6 @ 6:00pm
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Downtown)
Age Group: Kids, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Film & Movies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 4
Event Description:
Everyone loves movies! Our Movie Night Bundle will provide two hand-picked DVDs from the genre of your choice from our movie collection, plus two suggestions for movies you might like from our Kanopy and Hoopla streaming services. We'll also include ...

Disclaimer(s)

We cannot guarantee that food served at this program has not come into contact with tree nuts, soy, or other allergens. Accordingly, the Library will not be liable for such harm to any individual resulting from such allergens.

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

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SO's Pen Pals 2022

1/18 @ 10:00am
to
3/7 @ 4:00pm
Southern Oaks Library
Registration
Library Branch: Southern Oaks Library
Room: Online (Southern Oaks)
Age Group: Kids, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Books & Reading, Reading Help, Writing
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 70
Event Description:
Adults, Teens, Kids! Hi There! My name is Jessica! I am your Pen Pal Librarian. It is the New Year. What are you looking forward to? Excited about somehthing? Have a birthday coming up? Or you can just tell me about your day. You Are Perfect! ...

Make a Pinwheel Galaxy PINWHEEL Take Home Kit (NASA @ Your Library)

1/18 @ 1:00pm
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1/31 @ 5:00pm
Midwest City Library
Library Branch: Midwest City Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Midwest City)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Science & STEAM
Event Description:
The Pinwheel Galaxy is a spiral-shaped galaxy about 21 million light years away from Earth. Scientists call this swirling galaxy M101. You can find it in the constellation Ursa Major, or the "Big Dipper," in the Northern Hemisphere. With a nice, dark...

Disclaimer(s)

We can only guarantee one kit per household and per registration (if required).

Collections

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Kids Audiobooks & eBooks

Search a catalog of age-appropriate fiction and nonfiction titles just for kids. eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive can be checked out for 7 or 14 days (you choose!) and when the checkout period expires, they check themselves in so there are never any late fees! Directions on how to enjoy these titles on your device may be found on this page.

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Kids Comics & Graphic Novels

Just for comics and graphic novel fans! Browse our collection of digital comics and graphic books for Kids from OverDrive.

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Tumble Book Library - eBooks for kids

TumbleBook Library

The TumbleBook Library has over a thousand always available eBooks for elementary school students. It includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, and graphic novels as well as learning activities for literacy and reading comprehension such as puzzles, games, quizzes, and lesson plans.

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Databases

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Book Collection Nonfiction: Elementary School

Contains abstracts and searchable full text of nonfiction books about animals, weather, holidays, adventure, sports, Native Americans, United States, Canada, biographies, nature, civics and more.

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Book Collection Nonfiction: Middle School

Contains abstracts and the full text of nonfiction books about careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, history, science, women, civics and more.

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Britannica Library Children

A kid-friendly version of Encyclopedia Britannica designed to help K-5 students with homework assignments, school projects, and research reports.

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Britannica Library Young Adults

A version of Encyclopedia Britannica that is designed to help students in grades 6-8 with homework assignments, school projects, and research reports.

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CultureGrams

Contains state and country profiles, graphs and tables, photos, biographical articles, and unique information like recipes from around the world. There is a version of this database just for kids and a version for everyone else.

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Explora for Elementary School Student Research

Elementary students can easily search for information about animals, arts and music, biographies, math, science, and more using resources like Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, the American Heritage Children's Dictionary, popular full-text elementary school magazines, eBooks, thousands of images, and videos. For educators, it also includes lesson plans, professional development materials, and a Curriculum Standards Module.

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Middle Search Plus

Designed specifically for middle school students, Middle Search Plus contains the full text of a variety of popular middle school magazines, biographies, primary source documents, and reference books.

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National Geographic Kids

Designed for 6-14 year olds, this database includes digital copies of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009-present, and books and images about animals, environment, history, peoples and cultures, places, science, and technology.

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NoveList K-8 Plus

Provides suggested reads across many genres (for ages 0-Teen) based on previous reads or based on a title, author or series. It also contains a breakdown of Dewey Decimal sections, Grab and Go Book Lists for K-8 students that suggests books to read about a particular topic (e.g. bullying, World War I) and book discussion guides to use with a book group.

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Primary Search

Designed specifically for elementary school students, Primary Search contains the full text of a variety of popular elementary school magazines, biographies, primary source documents, and reference books.

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TOPICsearch

Designed for students in grades 5-12, this database explores social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries, and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms. It has full-text coverage of thousands of international newspapers, magazines, public opinion polls, pamphlets, biographies, book reviews, and more

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World Almanac for Kids

Expanding upon the print version of The World Almanac for Kids, this database covers a number of subject areas that students can search or browse in order to develop online research skills while using a trusted source. It also contains homework help tips, science diagrams and examples of science projects.

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