Online Content by Our Youth Services Librarians
Check out our newly launched YouTube Channel, which features storytime and craft videos for our younger patrons! Look here for printable activities to do at home. In addition, check out some websites to use while you're home from school.
The Staff Blog: Kids' Corner
Visit the Mercer County Library Blog, where all posts are written by one of our staff members and all topics are discussed!
There’s A Book for That…
A variety of topics flew through my mind when writing this blog post, but I settled on one that I felt could be interesting and helpful to kids during...READ POST
Behind the Screens: Movie making for kids
As parents (and especially as parents trying to maintain social distancing) it is easy to worry that our kids are spending too much time in front of...READ POST
Hunting for something to do? Try a scavenger hunt!
Scavenger hunts are a very popular activity at the Hopewell Branch. It is an activity that our young patrons expect to do whenever they come to the library...READ POST
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Keep track & save your reading logs. Bring your logs to the library when we reopen and we will record your progress and acknowledge your achievement so far. The library will celebrate your milestones along the way, as you and your family track 100 books at a time. A special prize will be awarded when you reach 1000 books!
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. SYNC 2020 will use Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive.
Music and Movement
Toddler and Baby
Virtual Field Trips Museums, Parks, & More
Boston Children's Museum
Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips
The Great Wall of China
Museum of the American Revolution
San Diego Zoo for Kids
Yellowstone National Park Virtual Tour
NoveList K-8 Plus
Have kids who love action/adventure? Kids who want to read books just like their favorites? Students who have to find nonfiction books at their reading level?
Youth and Teen Book Suggestions Playlist
Picture Books E
Juvienile Fiction and Nonfiction J
Juvienile Graphic Novels J 741
Tween Picks J
Websites for Home Learning
Selected and maintained by MCL Youth Services Librarians
Ben's Guide to US Government
Ben's Guide serves as the educational component of GPO Access, GPO's service to provide the official online version of legislative and regulatory information. This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Online almanac, dictionary, encylopedia, and homework help.
Reading and Book-Related Websites
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
International Children's Digital Library
The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Starring Mo Willems' pigeon.
The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature.
Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
The number one spot on the web for getting kids into great books.
An online streaming video program featuring SAG members reading Children's books aloud.
We started YourNextRead to make discovering, buying and enjoying a book as simple as finding your next film or band.
Science Fair Projects
The Science Explorer
The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker.
Science Buddies mission is to help students from all walks of life [...] build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century.
Science Fair Central
Offers ideas for Science Fair Projects and experiments for kids.