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Ickabog by Rowling logoA note from J.K. Rowling about a new book, ICKABOG, you can read over the next several week online.

Welcome I had the idea for The Ickabog a long time ago and read it to my two younger children chapter by chapter each night while I was working on it. However, when the time came to publish it, I decided to put out a book for adults instead, which is how The Ickabog ended up in the attic. I became busy with other things, and even though I loved the story, over the years I came to think of it as something that was just for my own children.

 

 

 

 

Wallace the Brave cover artWallace the Brave

Download your digital copy. Welcome to Snug Harbor! Will Henry's Wallace the Brave is a whimsical comic strip that centers around a bold and curious little boy named Wallace, and how he and his friends make each ordinary day extraordinary.   

 

 

 

 

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Peanuts Celebration with the Schulz Museum!

Learn how to draw Charlie Brown and Snoopy.  Get your copy of Snoopy Party Animal to download.

 

 

Family reading together at Library of congressResources for Family Engagement from the Library of Congress

You and your family are invited to participate in these activities, inspired by the collections, programs, and expertise of the Library of Congress. Some of these you have seen before but there are plenty of new choices for you to browse.

 

 

 

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Mission Motherboard

A fun digital game from Cyberchase! Go on a quest to help Motherboard upgrade her operating system by gathering different things around Cyberspace. Students can test their math skills with an array of mini games and learn more about financial literacy.

 

 

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OUT OF THIS WORLD from the World Book

In collaboration with NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, World Book has created Out of This World—an exclusive series where kids with a 6th through 8th grade primary reading level can explore the next frontiers of space. Discover alien caves; hitchhike to asteroids, and more in this easy-to-read series about complex space science topics. Stunning imagery and interactive activities round out these books that will entice and challenge readers of all ages. The Out of This World series features new NASA projects to develop bold new advances in space technology.

 
 
 
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Magination Press Story Time  

Welcome! Magination Press Family is brought to you by the American Psychological Association. Our free resources are here to help children and teens cope with stress and anxiety, and the need for mindfulness brought on by COVID-19 and other life situations.

 

 

 

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Albert Whitman

Right now, the way children read and learn might look a bit different. And teachers, librarians, and parents are swiftly doing what they can to allow kids across the world to continue learning no matter where their classroom may be. At Albert Whitman, we want to help the way we know best: sharing books that matter with the world, because right now the world needs unity (and a good book) more than ever. In the coming weeks, we will spotlight on our social media channels Albert Whitman titles alongside activity kits and exercises to help keep kids reading and learning through these uncertain times. We want to inspire and educate our children, and will tag any of these related posts with the hashtag #learnwithawbooks.

 

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Bad Kitty

Are you a fan of Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel? Well download some activity pages, Bad Kitty, wash your paws, and visit with the author and learn how to draw Bad Kitty.

 

 

 

 

 

Wizarding World Hogwarts imageWizarding World of Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe is reading the Chapter One: The Boy Who Lived of the first book.  Noma Dumezweni, of the Cursed child is reading Chapter Two: 'The Vanishing Glass'. Eddie Redmayne reads Chapter Three: Letters from No One of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, as part of Harry Potter At Home.   In Chapter 4 Stephen Fry introduces us to Rubeus Hagrid, who arrives with a birthday cake, a pink umbrella, and some news that will change Harry’s life forever.  Chapter Five: Diagon Alley read by Simon Callow, Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch. Chapter Six: The Journey from Platforn Nine and Three-Quarters'  is read by Broadway cast members of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

 

 

Photo of Molly, library listening dogMolly, the Library Listening Dog

Are you a fan of Molly, the Library Listening Dog?  She has written a book for you and all her friends in Acton.

 

 

 

 

 

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#MOSatHome

Museum of Science  Our building may be closed, but science never stops. And neither does the Museum of Science! Here’s a collection of STEM resources designed to bring the Museum to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Three Little Yogis

Picture book author, Susan Verde reads her new book, The Three Little Yogis and the Wolf Who Lost His Breath, and  a Three Litlle Yogis Activity page (PDF)

 

 

National Children's Book Week

May 4-10

Coloring Books pages , Bookmarks and games from beloved children's book illustrators.  Videos from National Ambassadors for Children's Literature,   the brilliant Jon Scieszka, the great Katherine Paterson, the lovely Kate DiCamillo, the genius Gene Luen Yang, the beloved Jacqueline Woodson, and the awesome Jason Reynolds! Special online events from publishers and authors.  Peachtree author storytimes   New from Shannon Hale, The Princess in BLACK and the case of the Coronavirus.     Bilungal handouts from Lectura Books   Sign-up with Highlights magazine for a free semi-weekly e-mail newsletter that offers a thematic collection of activities for parents and kids. Check out the free ebooks and downloadable coloring and activity pages from Bushel & Peck books.   Harper Kids from home, Facebook storytim

 

 

Discovery Museum logoDiscovery Museum

Are you missing your trips to the Discovery Museum in Acton? Well they have found a fabulous collection of projects for you to try at home. YEA!!

 

 

 

 

Dorling Kindersly Star Wars logoStar Wars

From DK publishers May The 4th Be With You activity pages.

John Williams and the Vienna Symphony play the Imperial March from Star Wars.

 

 

 

 

Reasons to be Cheerful

From the Guardian newspaper, children’s author Katherine Rundell introduces original poems, stories and illustrations by the likes of Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Axel Scheffler. Reasons to be cheerful: poetry and stories to give hope to adults and children alike.

 

 

The One and Only Bob Book Launch

Celebrate the publication of The One and Only Bob with a talk, reading, and Q&A with Katherine Applegate! Can't make the date? No problem! Register now and you will receive an email post-event with the URL to access the on demand recording at your convenience
Return to the unforgettable world of the Newbery Medal-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling novel The One and Only Ivan (soon to be a major motion picture) in this incredible sequel, starring Ivan’s friend Bob. With the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby, Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had, and he learns the true meaning of friendship and family.

 

Sketch Comedy

Laughs & Live Drawing with Ben Clanton, authorstrator of the Narwhal & Jelly series

Get ready for waffles and rainbow slides and ocean fun! Author/illustrator Ben Clanton brings his beloved deep-sea duo Narwhal (the happy-go-lucky Unicorn of the Sea) and his pal Jelly (the blue worry-wart jellyfish) straight to you in this exclusive webcast. Learn the story behind these underwater besties and their aquatic adventures, plus meet Otty the Otter, whose adventurous spirit wows Narwhal but leaves Jelly feeling a little iffy. Join us as Ben reads from the latest book in the series, Narwhal's Otter Friend, and sketches his famous characters live! Target audience is grades K-2 but all are welcome! Can't make the webcast? Register to receive a link to the on-demand recording or visit juniorlibraryguild.com/virtual-visits.

 

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FOX IN SOX | Dr. Seuss Raps over Dr. Dre Beats

Filmmaker Wes Tank decided to play some Dr. Dre beats and rap Dr. Seuss books and the results are awesome. At the moment there are six rapping/readings of Dr. Seuss books including The Lorax; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; Fox in Sox. Have fun trying to rap along with him.

 

 

 

 

Remember Reading podast logoRemember Reading

Another great podcast. Tune into Remember Reading, a family podcast about classic children’s books and the impact they have on us long into adulthood. In each episode, we talk about one popular children's book from the past, uncovering the unique story behind the story.

 

 

 

 

National Geographic for Kids logoNational Geographic Kids

Science, wildlife and history-themed content includes online games, quizzes, slide shows and videos.

 

 

 

 

 

The hummingbirds are back

Now is the time to put up your feeder and watch the speedy flyers. Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only hummingbird found consistently all over the Eastern U.S.  Ruby-throats gather in Florida, Louisiana and along the South Texas coast in September in preparation for the final push to the south, either over the Gulf of Mexico or via an overland route through Mexico. First arrivals in the spring, usually males, are back in Texas and Louisiana in late February to mid-March. In more northern states, first arrivals are not until April or May.

 

AMP | Kids Newsletter! 

Andrews McMeel Publishing Home of Big Nate and Phoebe and the Unicorn series.  In support of all students currently learning at home, we are launching a special series of freebies for our valued caregivers, educators, and librarians.

 

 

 

InvestiGators

Fans of InvestiGators graphic novels by John Patrick Green will enjoy these downloads

 

 

 

 

NPR Wow in the woprld podcastWOW in the World

Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. We'll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.

 

 

 

 

Kidz BoplogoKIDZ BOP Daily Dance Break!

As a way to move and stay active together with our fans, we will highlight a different KIDZ BOP Dance Along video at 3 PM EST / 12 PM PT daily!

 

 

 

 

Creeping Hur podcast logoThe Creeping Hour

Beware, these scary stories will transform you!  The Creeping Hour is a horror anthology series hosted by the Creeps, three friends who listened to too many scary stories and turned into monsters themselves. The whole family can huddle together, shivering with fright and shaking with laughter, as they join our cast of Creeps telling terrifying tales for The Creeping Hour!The Creeping Hour is a co-production between WGBH and Elie Lichtschein. It is appropriate for all ages and recommended for kids ages 8-12

 

 

 

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Imagination Stage

offers at-home creative challenges, ideas and activities free on their blog, including a follow-along dance moves video from Tiffany Quinn, the choreographer of their production “Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth.”

 

 

 

 

Earth Day 2020

April 22, watch some virtual celebrations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Mondays with Michelle Obama!

Join Michelle Obama in a reading of one of her favorite children’s books.

 

 

 

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Judy Donadlson and Friends Every Thursday

Join beloved children's author Judy Donaldson as she reads one of her joyous picture books

 

 

 

 

 

Kids Listen

Welcome to the Kids Listen Activity Podcast, a daily show from your friends at Kids Listen, a group of awesome podcasts for kids.

 

 

 

But Why Podcast logoBut Why

is a show led by you, kids! You ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there. On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world. (From Vermont Public Radio)

 

 

 

 

 

Storyt Seeds podcast logoThe Story Seeds Podcast

captures the magic that unfolds when kids ages 6-12 collaborate with beloved storytellers who grow original stories inspired by their story ideas!

 

 

 

 

Gale Research Library Collection

All About Butterflies

from Gale Research Library Collection

 

 

 

Simple Step To Impove Your Drawing

from Gale Research Library Collection

 

 

 

Experiment With Pop Rock Reactions

from Gale Research Library Collection

 

 

 

Spotlight On Rachel Carson

from Gale Research Library Collection

 

 

 

The Science Behind Bubbles

from Gale Research Library Collection

 

 

 

All About Snakes

from Gale Research Library Collection

 

 

 

Stay Home with Candlewick Press logoCandlewick Press  

Activities, discussion guides, educational materials, videos, and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aiden Tyler logoAiden Tyler, Quaran-teen

A Weekly Webcast “Serial” with Author Rex Ogle (Free Lunch). Hosted by Junior Library Guild

 

 

 

 

Mac Kids logoMacmillan Childrens' Publishing Group

Looking for ways to keep kids (and yourself!) engaged? Gather around in the comfort of your own living room for virtual festivals, events, and storytimes featuring your favorite authors and illustrators . . . and even a few celebrities!

 

 

 

 

 

Crabtree Publishing logoCrabtree Publshing Company

is making their complete eLibrary free until June 30 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audubon Society photoof hummingbirdAudubon Society

"Joy of Brds" Lots to see and enjoy here!!!

 

 

 

 

 

12 Story Library logo12-Story Library Publishers

April is National Poetry Month

 

 

 

 

 

Charlesbridge Publishing logoCharlesbridge Publishing

Author Storytimes from Charlesbridge Publishing

 

 

Miss Humblebee's Academy for ages 3-6Miss Humblebee's Academy for ages 3-6

The library subscribes to Miss Humblebee's Academy but you do have to set up your account

 

 

 

The Iris from the Getty logoGetty Museum Challenge

Recreate famous art work with item you find around your home

 

 

 

Simon KidsSimon Kids

Keep your child reading, learning, and having fun with Simon Kids!

 This page is a one-stop shop for all of our great resources for parents and educators as you navigate distance learning at home child 

 

 

 

 

 

Where's Waldo logoWhere's Waldo?

Find fun Where's Waldo activities to work on at home

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Library Guild logoJunior Library Guild @ Home

Looking for activities and resources to keep students engaged during this new-normal of school closures and social distancing? As the collection-development partner for school and public libraries across the nation, it's our honor to offer you these free resources to help keep students' brains busy and blossoming.

 

 

 

Light BoxLightbox Interactive eBooks for Grades K-12

From Junior Library Guild. Create a free account with access to multimedia curriculum for grades K-12

and enjoy these interactive learning materials at no cost until August 1.

 

DK Home LearningDK Home Learning For Kids

So many choices for fun activity pages to download from Dorling Kindersly

 

 

 

 

Have I got a story podcast logoHave I Got A Story For You

Every episode of Have I Got a Story For You takes a classic Jewish folk tale and gives it a modern twist. Enjoy a special story on Passover.

 

 

 

 

 

WBUR Circle Round podcast logoCircle Round

Podcast of adapted folktales from around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Nat Geo at Home logoNational Geographic at Home

Here are quizzes, videos, science experiments, and even at-home classroom resources.

 

 

 

 

Kid Lit TVKidLit TV

Explore The World of Children's Literature

 

 

 

Audubon for KidsAudubon For Kids

This is not just for birds

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Child's WorldThe Child's World

Downloadable Activity and STEM Packets

 

 

 

 

 

Dav Pilkey at HomeDav Pilkey at Home 

Get creative and have fun with some of your favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants!

 

 

 

New England AquariumNew England Aquarium

Watch The Action at The New England Aquarium

 

 

 

 

DC Comics KidsDC Comics Kids Camp

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron's World podcast logoMy Dog Rocket Podcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aluen Adventures podcastThe Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian Podcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brains On! logoBrains On!

Science Podcasts from American Public Media

 

 

 

 

 

Monterey Bay AquariumLive Cams from Monterey Bay Aquarium

Look for coloring pages to download.

 

 

 

Bedtime Explorers podcast logoBedtime Explorers

Kinderling Radio, Bedtime Explorers Podcast

 

 

 

 

 

Home Learning from the Boston Children's MuseumBoston Children's Museum

Home Learning from the Boston Children's Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audible Story Collection

For as long as schools are closed, we're open.

Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories,

including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

 

 

 

Tumble Book Library

K-6 children's ebook database

 

 

K-6 math ebook database

 

 

 

gr 7-12 ebook database

 

 

 

Kate Messner

Author Kate Messner's blog with weekly reading from her Ranger In Time series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stimola Live

Stimola Live is a website of live stream events for kids, tweens, and teens by professional authors and illustrators represented by Stimola Literary Studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

 

 

 

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More book lists

 

Looking for Podcasts?

Podcasts for Kids (PDF)

 

Homework E-Resources

See ALL electronic resources here

 

Events and Programs

  • Event calendar  ALL EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED WHILE THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED.

When schools are delayed or canceled due to weather conditions the morning programs in the Children's Department are canceled. For afternoon and evening programs please call the library (978-929-6655).