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!

Keep up to date with everything happening in the Children's Room by subscribing to our weekly newsletter here!


 


 

Pumpkin Decorating Extravaganza

The Children’s Room is excited to announce our Pumpkin Decorating Extravaganza! Use one of the library’s free pumpkin decorating kits (it includes a miniature pumpkin, paints, a paint brush, stickers, and more!) or use your own materials to create the most frighteningly festive and seriously spooky pumpkin in all of Holyoke!
Once your monstrous masterpiece has been created, send the library a picture of it to be entered into our Pumpkin Decorating Contest! We’ll be accepting entries from October 19th through October 30th at 5pm and announcing the winners on Halloween!
This event is open to Holyoke children of all ages. To reserve a pumpkin decorating kit, please email cpope@holyokelibrary.org or call us at 413-420-8105 - we will begin distributing them on October 19th. We recommend you request one as soon as possible, as we have a limited supply!
 

 

 

Grab & Go Kits
 


 

The Children's Room now has a dinosaur themed activity kit available through our curbside pick up service, as well as the Bag o' Stuff and a nature activity kit! The first 12 dinosaur kits distributed will come with a bonus craft!

We will be announcing more kits throughout the fall and winter, so keep an eye out! 

The kits are free and are first come first serve. To claim a kit or to see what we have available, please email our children's librarian Charlie at cpope@holyokelibrary.org or call the Children's Room at 413-420-8105!


 

Online Story Time
 


 

Join children's librarian Charlie and special guest Raspberry the Book Lover every Friday for Online Story Time, where we read books, sing fun songs, and more!

Check out all of our Story Time videos here.


 


 

 

Book Bundles for Kids

 

 

The Children's Room is now offering Book Bundles through our curbside pickup service! Not sure what you want to read next? Check out a Book Bundle! Each bag has a selection of books from a certain genre or theme that we think you'll love. 

Please call the Children's Room at 413-420-8105 or email cpope@holyokelibrary.org to see what bundles we have available and to get one today! 


 


 

 

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!
 
 
www.starfall.com
Use this website to work on literacy with your child.

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

www.funbrain.com
Read stories and enjoy their math arcade!

www.knowledgeadventure.com
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


 


 

  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!)

 

 

 

  Homework Resources – Online Reference Resources

  

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

 

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.