Welcome to the Children's Department!

Located on the Second Floor

About Children's Room

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!


Children's Summer Reading Program 2020


Running from June 29th to August 11th, the Holyoke Public Library will be hosting our summer reading program on Beanstack! By logging how many minutes you read over the summer and participating in challenge activities, you have the chance to earn badges, tickets, and prizes! You'll be able to use the tickets you collect to enter into an end-of-summer raffle, where the library will be giving out bigger prizes such as gift cards, STEM activity kits, card games, and more!

In order to complete the reading challenge, you'll be tasked with earning several activity badges and reading a total of 15 hours over the summer - don't worry, that might sound like a lot, but it's really only about 20 minutes a day! You can read anything you want, from comic books to graphic novels to poetry to chapter books to biographies and more. And if you listen to an audiobook (or someone reads to you), you can count that as reading, too!

Does this sound too easy to you? Not a problem at all! Everybody completes the challenge once they've logged 15 hours of reading, but there are bonus badges and raffle tickets you can earn for logging up to 50 hours if you want to read more. It's completely optional, but it's a fun bonus for anyone who wants an extra challenge!

Register for the challenge on our Beanstack website here or by downloading the Beanstack Tracker app. The Children's Room is also offering an offline printed version (in English and Spanish) of the Children's Summer Reading Challenge for those unable to access the online platform. Please call 413-420-8105 to register for the offline program!


Grab & Go Craft Kits

The Children's Room is offering free Grab & Go Craft Kits through our curbside pickup service! We currently have several Grow Your Own Flowers kits available, as well as Build Your Own Stuffed Animal kits, and we'll be offering more throughout the summer so keep an eye out!

Craft kits are first come first serve. To claim a kit, please email our children's librarian Charlie at cpope@holyokelibrary.org or call the Children's Room at 413-420-8105!


Dragon: Return of the Ice Sorceress by the StoryTellers!


Two brave villagers go on a daring journey to release the dragons and save the kingdom from the Evil Ice Sorceress. When things don’t go as planned, however, they might need to look to themselves (and to science) for the answer!

Join the ScienceTellers for their incredible performance of Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress, which is available to stream until August 31st! Watch it 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! 


Programs and EventsThis month’s calendar


  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 ResourcesOnline 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



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.





  Online games – Have fun online playing games! Explore these websites to find a variety of fun and educational games. (Coming Soon!)







Other Online Resources --

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!

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