Kids' Corner

Kids

There’s lots to do at the library! Use your library card to borrow movies, music, books, and magazines   We also have tons of fun programs, whether it’s showing your creativity with crafts, trying out LEGO Robotics or learning how to play Chess.  The library is open 7 days a week, and we have two locations you can visit.

Learn more about how you can get a free library card. Find out about our loan periods for different items and fines if you’re late bringing them back.

Learn Online

Our Digital Library give you access to information from great magazines, newspapers and encyclopedias. You can use them in the library for free and most can be used from home (or any computer with Internet access) with your library card. See the full list of kids' databases below under Digital Library for Kids.

Finding Books and More

You can search for something in our library catalogue any time, day or night from the library or from your computer at home. If you need help finding something at the library just ask at the desk and we’ll be happy to help you find what you’re looking for!  The books and movies on our shelves are organized by the Dewey Decimal System - learn more about how the Dewey Decimal System works.

Visit our Book Buzz page for lists of books we recommend based on topic and age group. We even have lists for French books!

Events for Kids

L o a d i n g

Fun with Errol Lee

December 27 | 10:30AM
Downtown Branch | Flex Space

Fun with Errol Lee

December 27 | 2:30PM
Painswick | Massie Family Program Room

Model Trains

December 28 | 10:00AM
Painswick | Massie Family Program Room

Fun & Games

Games and puzzles are a wonderful way to challenge yourself. Check out these fun websites:

NIEHS Kids’ Pages - Online colouring, games, jokes, words and music to songs and stories. From the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

TVO Kids - Play games, watch videos, enter contests! Presented by Ontario's educational TV network.

PBS Kids - Explore and play hundreds of fun educational games at this website by PBS.

CBC Kids - Tons of fun games, book reviews, and videos to check out at this CBC website. 

Battle of the Books

If you love to read, talk to the teacher-librarian at your school about entering a school team for Battle of the Books - an exciting reading competition. Teams of up to 12 students from grades 4 to 8 representing any Barrie and Oro-Medonte school may compete. Homeschool teams are also welcome.

The battles take place at the end of April or early May. Your team will be asked questions about books from the Battle of the Books reading list. The teams with the most points compete in the Grand Battle for a chance to win a trophy and medals. Check out the rules, book list,and a selection of fairytales.

Email Kalina Cook at kalina.cook@barrie.ca or call 705-728-1010 ext. 7049 for more information. 

2016 Results

Congratulations to our 2016 Battle of the Books champions Codrington Public School! Congratulations also go to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Elementary School on their silver medal and to St. Monica's Catholic Elementary School on their bronze medal. The other Grand Battle finalists were Hewitt's Creek Elementary School and St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Elementary School.

Thank you also to the following schools for supporting this program and demonstrating such great team spirit in the semi-battles: Algonquin Ridge, Ardagh Bluffs, Emma King, Ferndale Woods, Hyde Park, Kempenfelt Bay, Maple Grove, St. Bernadette, Warnica and West Bayfield.

Readopoly

Readopoly is our free summer reading activity for kids played using a big board game. The places on the board suggest what kinds of books to read – each year uses a different board! All you have to do is have fun reading and then tell us about it. When you finish the board, you get a free book to keep.

  • Readopoly runs Monday, June 26 –Saturday, September 2
  • For ages 3 years old to those entering Grade 6. Grade 7 and up can join our Teen Summer Reading program
  • May be played in English or French (when bilingual staff available)
  • Join any time during the summer by visiting the Children’s Services desk at either branch

Visit our Book Buzz page for great reading suggestions!

Bibliographies

Many students come in to our library to do research. One of the most common things you ask us is how to do a bibliography. A bibliography is a list of the books of a specific author or publisher, or on a specific subject.

Why do I need to make a bibliography?
A bibliography helps you know where you got your information from and it lets your teacher know you are giving proper credit for your sources of information.

What do I include in a bibliography?
You should list every source you use such as a book, a movie, a website, an interview or any information that did not come from you.

Where do I put the bibliography for my assignment?
The bibliography goes at the end of your assignment. The title of this page should be Bibliography or Works Cited.

How to make a bibliography

  • Alphabetize by the author’s last name
  • If there’s no author listed, go by the first main word of the title
  • Use the bibliography style that your teacher requests. If you are not given a style to follow, use our bibliography guide.

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