Kids' Corner

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.

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 use the 3D Printer. 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. Check out our Digital Library to help with your research projects and learning. 

 

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!

Digital Library for Kids

Reading & Listening

  • Cantook Station - Vous y trouverez des œuvres de fiction pour les adultes, ados, et enfants – albums, bandes-dessinées, et romans ainsi que des documentaires d’intérêt général.
  • cloudLibrary - Browse for Kids fiction or non-fiction e-books and e-audio
  • Hoopla - e-Books, e-audio, music, movies and TV. Select Kids mode for family browsing 
  • PebbleGo (Pre-K to Grade 3) - Reading and research tools for Pre- Kindergarten to Grade 3. Learn about exciting topics like Animals, Science and Dinosaurs. Includes text, audio, video and printable activities.
  • Tumble Biblio Enfants - Elle inclut des livres pour enfants, des romans jeunesse, des romans classique, des vidéos, des casse têtes et jeux, des nouvelles graphiques et des livres en d’autres langues comme en espagnol et en anglais.
  • Tumble Book Library - e-Books, videos, puzzles and games. Available in English, Francais & Espanol
  • TeenBookCloud - Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks
  • Novelist K-8  - Find out about age-appropriate books by topic, author, audience age or writing style

Learning & Homework Help

  • Britannica Library – Children - Features the Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster Dictionary and thousands of magazine and journal articles
    Includes over 90,000 images, videos, and audio clips at three different reading levels
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - Kids  - Reference books and encyclopedias for younger researchers
  • Kids Infobits - Online reference books, images and news. All content is age-appropriate, reliable and covers a broad range of educational topics important for beginner researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5.
  • Little Pim (Online language learning for ages 0-6)
  • Primary Search -  popular elementary school magazines, the American Heritage Children's Dictionary and an images collection
  • TumbleMath - TumbleMath is a collection of math picture books complete with animation and narration. The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes

 

 

1,000 Book Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1BBK) is a free literacy program for newborns, babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The goal? Read 1000 books with your little one before they start Kindergarten. Learn more about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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. Learn more about Battle of the Books

 

Summer Reading Club

Each year we offer a summer reading program for kids - this year it's called the Summer Reading Club, and we'll be using a Plinko-style game! You will also be able to join online through a special app where you can track books yourself, and earn digital badges and certificates along the way. Stay tuned for more details. 

  • Summer Reading Club runs from the end of June to start of September
  • 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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