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Children’s Department

Summer Reading is here!  Keep track of your reading and earn prizes!


Need to reach the Children’s Department? Call us at 203-453-8282 (from 10am-5pm M-F while library is closed to the public) or email us at childrens@guilfordfreelibrary.org and the library will respond as soon as they are able (no circulation inquiries via email!).


The library is currently open for browsing only for children and families Monday-Friday from 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00-3:00pm, & 4:00-6:00pm.  There is no play area, computer time, or hanging out allowed at this time.  If you wish to return kits/toys/other equipment, please visit the children’s room during open browsing hours (DO NOT PUT THESE ITEMS INTO THE BOOK DROP!).  Holds from out of town may take longer than usual due to new quarantine procedures.  No programs, tutoring sessions, meeting room requests, new equipment checkouts, or any other public activity aside from browsing for books & materials will take place at the library until the state and federal restrictions on public gatherings have been lifted and the library has deemed it safe to re-open.

MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER THE LIBRARY, INCLUDING FOR CHILDREN!!!  If your child cannot wear a mask properly, please do not bring them to the library.

The library is continuing and encouraging curbside pickup service for all patrons while the library is open limited hours.  Holds may be placed on books from any library in our consortium via phone or online.  You may call the library between 10am-5pm M-F to schedule a no-contact pickup time.  In order to serve all patrons as equitably as possible, there is a limit of 20 holds at a time.  If you want to check out more books, you must return the same number of books by using the book drop located outside the library.  Kits, toys, and other non-standard items cannot be placed on hold nor put out for curbside pickup (you may borrow them in person during open browsing hours only).

All returned items will be quarantined for at least 3 days before being checked in.  Do not be alarmed if they are still on your account.  There will be no fines assessed during this period of time.


A scavenger history hunt is now available by going to https://www.history-hunt.gflarchives.org/.  Local historians created this non-contact activity for children during the Covid-19 pandemic, and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
A checklist and descriptions including photos, addresses, and audio recordings are included.
School children who wish to participate in a quiz can submit their answers by August 31st.  Three winners, randomly selected from the correct entries, will receive a prize.
*Please submit quiz entries by emailing to childrens@guilfordfreelibrary.org.  Winners will be notified by September 10th.

Get in the garden!  In lieu of our usual garden club gatherings, check out all the ways you can help out the butterflies and bees from home (and earn prizes) here!

Learn to identify plants in your garden using these cool books and apps.

Check out these books for kids and adults recommended by our head children’s librarian, Angelina, about helping wildlife.


 

Libraries across the state have joined together to host a community calendar of virtual events that are open to residents from any town.  To see what libraries in the area are up to, click here.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram for more featured family-friendly resources.


While the library is closed for the foreseeable future due to public health concerns around the coronavirus, you may continue to access the library’s digital collections from home with your library card.  For many of these services, you will also have to create a free account using your email.

Overdrive & Libby (books/audio)

Kanopy (movies)

Hoopla (books/audio/music)

Freading (books) You will need to create a free Adobe Digital Editions account with your email to use this service.

RBdigitial (magazines)

RBdigital (books/audio)

ResearchIT (CT State Library)

eGo (CT State Library powered by RBdigital) ~ Must create a different username/password than for Guilford/LION content on other RBdigital links above!

Open Library (free ebooks from Internet Archive ~ Must create a free account to access)


Many companies and organizations are stepping up to offer a multitude of learning remotely during this difficult time, and while we can’t keep track of all of them, we will update this list as more resources come to our attention.  Please feel free to email us at childrens@guilfordfreelibrary.org if you see something online that you would like to see added to this list.

You may also want to check out our parent/homework resources page here.

Guilford Public Schools latest news & resources

Lakeshore free curriculum resources for at-home learning

Mad Science at-home experiments

Crazy 8s Math Club’s At-Home Math Activities

Author talks

More author talks/picture book read-alouds

Even more author talks/read-alouds

Calendar of live online events w/authors for children/teens

Audible is making some of their children’s content available for free (you must sign up for your own account and they may have other restrictions/paywalls).

TumbleBooks has a variety of streaming services you can access without your own account by clicking on the links below from now until August 31st:
TumbleBookLibrary (grade K-6 ebooks)
TumbleMath (grade K-6 math ebooks)
TeenBookCloud (grade 7-12 ebooks)
AudioBookCloud (mixed ages ~ child/teen/adult ~ audiobooks)
They even have something for parents who are interested:  RomanceBookCloud (romance ebooks for adults)

Sebco free e-books for children, teens, & adults if you log in here with the following credentials:
Username:  keepreading
Password:  sebco
Library card/ID#:  1

Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk live daily Q&A videos with their animals at 3pm on their facebook page.

Peabody@Home is full of learning activities for all ages, printables, ways to browse the collections from home, citizen science for kids, and more.

Beardsley Zoo animal cameras, distance learning resources, and live animal Q&A videos Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 2pm on their facebook page.

More cameras and virtual tours from parks, zoos, museums, NASA, and more from around the universe.

Keep your body occupied along with your mind by following along at home with the high-kicking hijinks of the Rockettes and their free live classes on Instagram.

Storytime from space (Astronauts reading books to kids from the international space station).

A list of databases (mostly adult/academic/scholarly) that are being made freely available to the public, updated by Library Journal.

Resources for teachers or other librarians from the CT State Library.


The Children’s Department of the Guilford Free Library is the place to read, play, learn and grow! Here you’ll find everything for children from birth through 6th grade, as well as for the adults who come with them.

The children’s room was dedicated to a wonderful former librarian, Lana Ferguson, who gave so much to make it what it is today.  Head on over to our facebook page to see pictures from this meaningful event.

Guilford residents with babies or toddlers are welcome to join our early literacy initiative, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.   A fun program of reading to your children.  Read books, record titles, receive a book bag, and your children will be set for Kindergarten!  For more details, click here.  To sign up, please visit the children’s room.