Children Services

Summer Reading Information for Parents

Kids who don’t read during the summer lose up to six months of academic progress according to statistics.  Don’t let this happen to your child.

Registration begins June 15 for our Summer Reading program. Kids will be given a reading log to keep track of their reading.  Non-readers (including babies) can also participate as parents and older siblings read to them. 

The reading log indicates when you will receive incentive prizes.  When your log is completed, you will be entered into our Grand Prize drawing.  Ask at the downstairs Information Desk for details about the teen and adult summer reading programs.

Last year, 1476 children registered for the program and they read  15,996 hours.  Let’s make it another record-breaking year!  Tell everyone you know that  they should read over the summer. 

Reading and All That Jazz  is a tribute to all of the arts.  Being creative and using your imagination is what this summer is all about.  You can be an artist or craftsperson, singer, dancer and much more.

Registration in the program is required to participate in our Bingo game and other drawings.  Registration ends July 31

Beginning June 22, you can start to collect your prizes.  All prizes have been donated by community businesses or purchased by the Friends of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library.  Many thanks for their continued support.

Kids, We are on Facebook

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Become a fan of our Children's Page on Facebook. You'll find information of upcoming events and photos of events that we have had.

Here is the link to our page: www.facebook.com/pages/Stow-OH/Stow-Munroe-Falls-Public-Library-Childrens-Department/64283397089

 

Children Flickr Photos

Santa Stories 2015

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Santa Stories 2015

Mrs. Claus and an elf help sing songs, play games, and welcome a special jolly guest to the library!

December 15 2015

Bow Wow Book Buddies

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Bow Wow Book Buddies

Children can read aloud to a canine companion at the library to strengthen their reading skills with a nonjudgmental listener.

December 6 2015

Lifesize Candy Land 2015

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Lifesize Candy Land 2015

December 5 2015

Children's Events Fall 2015

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Children's Events Fall 2015

November 10 2015

Children's Events Summer 2015

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Children's Events Summer 2015

Our children's dept. put on a variety of programs for kids this summer!

August 31 2015

Comic Con 2015

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Comic Con 2015

Our first-ever mini comic con featured Simpsons writer Chris Yambar, Psychonauts creator Kevin L. Kuder, Only Humans creator Joseph A. Michael, and lots of fun for patrons--from a costume contest to Superhero Jeopardy to a comic book swap to a panel discussion on the History of Women in Comics.

July 11 2015

Kids make Valentines for the Troops

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Over 600 Valentines made by kids visiting the library and from local day-cares and pre-schools, during the week of Jan. 12 through 18, will be delivered to the Stow Armory for their troops stationed overseas in Egypt.

We would like to thank all the kids who helped in supporting our troops.

Childrens Resources

The following databases can be accessed from within the library or from a remote location (unless indicated). For Remote Access: If you are a registered patron of the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, you may use the following databases from home or office. To be authenticated as a library patron, you may be asked to enter the 14-digit number (no spaces) printed on the back of your library card. GO TO COMPLETE LIST


Homework Resources

  • Abdo Digital

    E-books for Kids! Subjects include Animals, Geography, Cooking, Art, Early Readers, and Science. Log in with username: smfpl and password: smfplpass

  • American and English Literature

    The American and English Literature Collection contains many works of poetry, drama and prose based on books and other sources originally published in print. 

  • Biography Reference Bank

    Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated contains more than 95,000 biographies and obituaries and more than 26,000 photographs of the subjects.

  • CultureGrams

    Learn about the states, Canadian provinces, and the world. Even has recipes!

  • Explora Primary Schools

    Database for teachers and students (k-5), with information covering animals, the arts, biographies, math, science, geography and social studies.

  • Explora Public Libraries

    Articles, essays, and primary source documents to help students feel successful in their research, with topic overviews, reading level indicators, text-to-speech capability and curricular and Common Core standards included.

  • Explora Secondary Schools

    Database for teachers and students (grades 6-12), with information covering arts and literature, biographies, business and goverment, current issues, geography, health, history and science and math.

  • GoodCall Scholarship Search

    GoodCall is a free scholarship search engine that does not require you to enter personal information. GoodCall offers several ways to filter searches to meet your needs and links directly to scholarship websites.

  • Primary Search

    Designed for elementary school libraries. Contains full text for popular children's magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Learn about endangered species, famous musicians, fitness, space exploration and more.

  • Scholastic BookFlix (use from Home)

    Scholastic's online collection of interactive titles, including fiction and nonfiction. Read stories online or watch animated versions of books.

  • Scholastic BookFlix (use in Library)

    Scholastic's online collection of interactive titles, including fiction and nonfiction. Read stories online or watch animated versions of books.

  • Scholastic GO! (use from Home)

    Includes encylopedias and research tools for elementary through middle school and beyond. Up-to-date information on countries, cultures and current events, as well multimedia resources on a wide range of topics.

  • Scholastic GO! (use in Library)

    Includes encylopedias and research tools for elementary through middle school and beyond. Up-to-date information on countries, cultures and current events, as well multimedia resources on a wide range of topics.

  • TrueFlix (use from Home)

    Read Scholastic's collection of "True Books" online. Includes tie-in videos, activities, project ideas and more.

  • TrueFlix (use in Library)

    Read Scholastic's collection of "True Books" online. Includes tie-in videos, activities, project ideas and more.

  • Tumble Books

    Excellent online animated children's story books.

  • What Tree Is It?

    Identify common trees of Ohio using this database, which walks users through qualities of leaves and fruits and other aspects of trees.

  • What's That Snake?

    This program includes 30 species and subspecies of snakes that are found in Ohio.

  • What's The Point

    A program designed to help users identify flint artifacts.

  • World Book Early World of Learning

    Books, educational activities and games, designed for young children.

  • World Book for Kids

    With content from the award winning World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia, the site offers simpler navigation, thousands of colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps, and dozens of activities tied to national curriculum standards.

Storybook Theater

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Enjoy a morning of movies just for the little ones. During Storybook Theater, children can watch 2-4 short films based on popular picture books. Movies are shown on a large screen and children can relax on the floor. Snacks will be provided. Feel free to come for one or all of the films.
For Children ages 3-6.
No registration is required.

Community Connections

Our children’s room reaches out to many diverse facilities in our community.

Every month, a librarian visits 16 day care and preschool facilities in the Stow-Munroe Falls area to do storytime. We send bins of about 50 books each to 13 facilities.

Two librarians, calling themselves “Traveling Tales”, do storytelling in the schools. Advertising through posters and word of mouth, they mix solo and tandem folktales with poetry breaks in between.

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