Tails of the Rainbow Lizard

Click Link and Enter Code Below

To watch the video and follow along the Tail of the Rainbow Lizard, click the image and enter the code BIRDTL062 to watch it for free!

Watch this story as much as you want between July 12th through to the 18th!

Welcome to the Children's Room!
Located on the Second Floor


About the Children's Room

The Children's Library provides access to quality early educational programming year round. This 21st century learning space for children and caregivers combines traditional library service with STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math), early literacy and other activities.

  • Offers customized learning experiences for early learners, elementary learners and tweens.
  • Features materials, computers, events and much more for kids through sixth grade.
  • Provides an opportunity for children to experience the enjoyment of reading and the excitement of discovering knowledge and works of the imagination by providing a wide range of materials and activities.
  • Children and their care providers learn how to make the best use of a library and how to develop skills in the use of printed and electronic media.

The Children’s Library Services Staff has the responsibility to support the process of learning to read, and to promote books and other media for children by providing special events for children, such as storytelling and activities related to the library’s services and resources.

We invite you to explore this exciting space!


Holyoke Public Library Children’s Room

Summer Reading Program July 6th - August 6th 2021


Independent Summer Reading Program

Children can sign-up to receive a reading log at the start of our Annual Summer Programs to keep track of the time they spend reading each week. Every Friday, from July 9th until August 6th, children can bring in their completed reading log to receive an incentive prize.

On Demand Story Time

In order to keep everyone safe and healthy this summer we are offering On Demand Story Time. Parents, caregivers and daycare providers are able to schedule their own individual weekly story times. Call (413)420-8105 to set up your visit.

Weekly Crafts-To-Go

Starting July 7th, every Wednesday during Summer Programs, craft-kits-to-go will be available in the Children’s Room. Supplies are limited!  Call (413)420-8105 to schedule pickups.

Learn In Motion

Come and join us at 10:00am on July 8th, 22nd and August 5th for some fun outdoor games and activities. Bring your whole family and have a ball.

Tale of the Rainbow Lizard

Pablo Del Peacock (the famous portrait artist) is trying to paint a picture of beautiful Monique Gecko, but every morning she arrives a different color and he has to begin all over again. He and his friend Fatima Flamingo (taking a break from her Flamenco lessons) search for answers. When they solve the mystery and Pablo learns about Monique’s diverse heritage, he decides to paint his new masterpiece using all the colors of the rainbow. Contact the Children’s Room to be given the access code to view this virtual performance by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company. You can watch it as much as you want during the week of July 11th.

Japanese Magical Journey

Prepare to be amazed, dazzled & bewildered by an exciting storytelling show! It incorporates Japanese folktales with origami, and magic tricks. Contact the Children’s Room to be given the access code to view this virtual performance by Yasu Ishida.  You can watch it as much as you want during the week of July 25th.


Listen to children's stories by dialing 413-420-5600


Tiempo de Cuentos en Español con Carlos


The Children's Room is very excited to announce our new video series, Tiempo de Cuentos en Español! Join Carlos as he reads some of our favorite stories in Spanish, starting with El lobezno perdido by Rachel Bright. 

Check out the first video here and keep an eye out for future uploads!



Online Story Time


Join Charlie and special guest Raspberry the Book Lover for Online Story Time, where we read books, sing fun songs, and more!

Check out all of our Story Time videos here.




Free Online Resources for Kids



The Just for Kids Streaming Collection for public libraries gives children—and their parents—a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform they can freely explore and enjoy. Just for Kids has the educational videos children want to watch—Sesame Street, The Electric Company, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, and thousands more—plus songs, games, and other interactives that are sure to entertain, educate, and inspire young minds! 

Check it out for free HERE!



The Mailbox School & District is packed with 52,000+ fun and engaging ideas, activities, and worksheets that help inspire imaginations!

Check it out for free HERE!


The World Almanac for Kids includes exclusive online-only material as well as content from award-winning The World Almanac, Chelsea House, and Facts On File sets and series! Each topic area provides resources for homework, reports, and projects, and all kids can explore age-appropriate subjects while developing online research skills with a trusted content source.
Check it out for free HERE!
Use this website to work on literacy with your child.

Browse grade-level material for math, literacy, academic games and so much more!

Read stories and enjoy their math arcade!

For the scholar that loves to play games to learn, this is the site for you!

20 Really Cool and Useful Websites for Kids

60 of the Best STEAM Apps Teachers Love - WeAreTeachers

Top 7 Science Websites for Kids


Online Resources


  For Parents and Care Givers -- Caregivers are encouraged to have their children use the library from an early age, as this will make them more likely to remain users in future years. (Coming Soon!)




  For Educators and Groups –
        ·Online Resources
        ·Assignment Alert Package -- (Coming Soon!)




 School Center -- Skill-building resources for classroom and homework success.

 Homework Resources – Online Reference Resources


Math & ELA MCAS Assessment Practice Program

Elementary School -- Math and English Language Art Skills Improvement

Middle School -- Math, English Language Art, Social Studies Skills Improvement & High School Entrance Exams Preparation

High School -- Math, English Language Art, Social Studies, Science, Technology and Logic & Reasoning Skills Improvement


Educational Resources

Gale in Context (Elementary)
Learn about animals, plants, music science, sports, and more!

Britannica Fundamentals
Activities, games, videos, and more!

Britannica Library Children
Comprehensive encyclopedia with dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and more.

Britannica Escolar
Enciclopedia en Español
Encyclopedia Britannica in Spanish

Gale in Context (Middle School)
Academic articles, images, topic selections, and more for middle schoolers.

Gale in Context Biography
Biographical and contextual information on notable people throughout history.

At the present time, the Holyoke Public Library does not offer tutoring for children. Please ask your child’s teacher about tutoring options available through the School Department.


  BookFlix – an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.





  Miss Humblebee's Academy – an award-winning, online curriculum for children preschool through kindergarten. The curriculum lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning success. The curriculum is theme based and fully interactive with sound cues.