Kids' Zone

Library Cards for Kids

Kids can use their library card to access online movies, music, ebooks, and magazines. We also have online programs, that showcase crafts, stories, activities, science experiments and even dance parties!

Learn more about how you can get a free library card online, check out our Digital Library to discover and explore the fun of learning!

 

Finding eBooks and More

You can search for items using our online library catalogue any time from your phone, tablet or computer. If you need help finding information, contact us and we’ll be happy to help you find what you’re looking for!  

Visit our Book List for Kids and discover recommendations based on topic and age group. We even have French books!

Learn Online

Our Digital Library gives you access to information from magazine articles, newspapers and encyclopedias. With a library card, you can use the digital library from home on your favourite device, all you need is internet access. See the full list of kids' databases below under Digital Library for Kids.

Digital Library for Kids

Reading & Listening

  • BPL Storytimes - Online versions of Baby Goose, Family Storytime and L'heure du conte
  • 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. Note:  The Publisher has provided temporary access while libraries are closed due to COVID-19.

 

 

Learning Websites for Kids

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

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. 

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

Library programs improve school readiness, vocabulary development, motivation to read, narrative awareness, phonological awareness, and print awareness. We are devoted to encouraging parents and caregivers to spend time together reading books!

Share an online story, Introduce letters and letter sounds, play word games, and introduce new words or check out our event calendar and plan to attend a virtual Storytime together! 

Here's a list of online resources and activities you can do with your child to prepare them for their first day of Kindergarten. All you need is a Library card, apply for your free membership online

  • BPL Virtual Storytimes - Online Family Storytime and L'heure du conte
  • 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 
  • Goldfish School - alphabet recognition games and activities for 
  • PebbleGo  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
  • Little Pim - Online english language learning 
  • Primary Search -  popular elementary school magazines, the American Heritage Children's Dictionary and an images collection
  • TumbleMath - 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 Books 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

Summer Reading Club

Get ready for Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all interests and abilities. TD Summer Reading Club (SRC) is a free program that celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories. It’s designed to inspire kids to explore the fun of reading in their own way.

Game On! Read and learn about our world, ourselves and each other, explore stories and activities to spark curiosity. Kids can participate anytime, anywhere – online wherever summer takes you. The club is designed for kids aged 3 to 12 years old, explore special online programs, Creature Features, Scavenger Hunts, I Spy, crafts and more!

Join the online Summer Reading Club the more you read the more virtual awards and badges you’ll earn. Explore new reads, read books online, complete activities, write jokes, stories, reviews and more! Visit our Book Lists for Kids for great reading suggestions.  

Starting Monday, June 1, 2020 Play Online!

Visit your App Store and download the FREE Beanstack Reading Tracker App to get started earning virtual prizes!

 

Bibliography Help

 A bibliography is a list of books from 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

Battle of the Books

Please note due to the COVID closure, Battle of the Books 2020 has been cancelled, see you in 2021!

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

 

New Books Ages 4-8

New Books Ages 9-12