Children

  • Free Resources from the STAR Library Network (STAR Net)

    Explore new ways to bring science, technology, and fun into your programs and services with the STAR Library Network (STAR Net). Help us build on the successes (and challenges) of the 2017 solar eclipse by joining this vibrant – FREE! – network for l...

  • Learning Together the Supercharged Way

    Learning in a group can provide that motivation to stick with a course through to completion. It can be incredibly satisfying and enriching to work through course material with a group of co-learners, acquiring a common language about a subject, disc...

  • Supercharging Your Storytime with Parent and Caregiver Tips

    Sharing early literacy tips with parents and caregivers at storytime can be daunting. Find out how you can supercharge your skills to demonstrate, inspire, explain, and empower parents and caregivers to try a behavior at home.

    Intentionally sh...

  • Are Dogs the New Library Cat?

    At Red Land Community Library in Etters, Pennsylvania, parents can sign children up for a 15-minute slot to read to a golden retriever. Ella is one of three trained therapy dogs who are among the library's most famous and beloved volunteers. The dogs...

  • Delivering Literacy to Families through Stork Storytime

    Stork Storytime helps parents-to-be establish a daily reading routine before baby arrives. North Liberty Community Library developed the Stork Storytime Librarian Toolkit for other libraries to easily implement this innovative and impactful progr...

  • How Maryland Libraries Are Using Virtual and Augmented Reality (and How Your Library Can Too)

    When Jennifer Bishop and Liz Sundermann-Zinger brought virtual reality (VR) to their library users, they were wading into new territory. Sundermann-Zinger was the Data, Communication, and Services Coordinator for the Maryland State Library when she d...

  • Grant Opportunities for Reading Programs

    For many public libraries in cities and towns across the country, literacy programs are a key part of their public programming. These often go beyond involvement in summer reading activities, and could include year round efforts that support readers ...

  • Healthy Libraries and Healthy Communities

    Libraries have long supported patrons who want to improve their health by providing access to books on health-related topics, online medical databases such as PubMed, and even cookbooks that support healthy eating. Those core services continue today,...

  • Best Board Games of 2017

    I fully expect that the flood of amazing games is going to slow down eventually. To abate somewhat. Maybe even decline. Yet, every year ends up being as amazing as the previous. Until I looked back, I thought 2017 was a fairly average year. For gamin...

  • Take a Walk, Read a Book, Have an Adventure

    The East Bonner County Library District wanted to combine outdoor fun and reading to serve their community in a unique way. They found an opportunity to deliver a family-friendly programming activity when Kaniksu Land Trust approached them with the i...