Did you know that the Children's Library offers access to books through BookFlix and Trueflix? These two online resources allow you to read storybooks and non-fiction books from Scholastic. You can read on any library computer or from home* by using your Library card.

There are picture books, easy readers, and non-fiction titles. The books can be read on the screen page-by-page or you can click to watch an...

Place a hold on the Tween Tab today! The Children's Library circulates Tween Tab iPads for kids ages 9 to 12.

The Tween Tabs come with pre-loaded apps selected by the children's librarians. There are over 70 Apps which highlight the following Kids Nonfiction Glades: Bio, Languages, Facts, Traditions, Animals, Create, Fun, Self, Sports, Poetry, STEM, and Then & Now.

Additional content on kids and technology is located on ...

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop has published an interactive guide called Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids.

The publication is available as an eBook, or parents can also get the PDF version on the website. 

It provides great tips for using apps as a learning tool. Some suggestions for using apps together include: 

- Making Travel More Fun

-...

Summer has finally begun! Before everyone puts their math and science books aside to take up summer beach reads, we here in the Children's Library wanted to share two apps that are computer science and logic oriented and aim to teach kids how to write code!

The two new Apple apps - Hopscotch (ages 6-12) and Kodable (ages 5+) - emphasize helping kids exercise the logic side of their brain and understanding the conceptual...

21 Things for 21st Century Parents is a self-directed course designed to introduce parents to new technology, web tools, and social media. Each week you will receive an e-mail from the Children's Library detailing a tech topic. You can read about the topic at your leisure. There will be links for further reading and learning, as well as opportunities for in-person discussions, workshops, and hands-on training. Each week, we will put up a post on the 21 Things homepage, which will serve as an online forum for discussion and communication...

May 4th-10th

Screen Free Week is an international event in which families, communites and schools pledge to be screen free for a week. The Children's Library will participate by taking out the Ipads for the week. We encourage you to check out more books and read together as a family in our special reading nooks, and come by the Children's Library and write on our pledge banner.

Need some ideas for what to do when you're not using a screen?

Here are a few:

Ride a bike, take a hike, read some books...

Check out an Early Literacy iPad to find out which great, new apps we've added!

We've been busy these past few months building and organizing the collection of apps that we have pre-loaded onto our Early Literacy iPads for pre-readers ages 2 to 6. We encourage you to check one out today! 

Please also stop by the Children's Library to pick up one of our App Chat lists of new and notable apps!  For more information about apps and more...

April is National Autism Awareness Month. We learned that hundreds of Autism-focused apps are reduced in price or even free this month in honor of Autism Awareness month, so we created a list of our top selections that families with or without children on the spectrum can enjoy.

ABA Sight Words [FREE] is a fantastic app for kindergarteners learning to read and for children on the spectrum that may need extra guidance when it comes to...

Mondays in March at 10am

Join us every Monday at 10am: March 4th,11th, 18th and 25th, for screenings of TED Talks that focus on technology and complement our 21 things for 21st Century Parents technology series.

TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment and Design), started as a one-off event but was so popular that it spawned an annual conference in 1990, in Monterey, CA.

TED Talk speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas. The topics are wide ranging but some past TED Talks...

As a result of the two App Chats the Children's Library hosted this past month, we have identified so many great new apps that we'd like to share more than one this month. In fact, this month we have six to pass along to our patrons. Below is a list of the top apps we have discovered, tested, and deemed noteworthy. All are available on the Early Literacy iPads for pre-readers from ages birth to five. Place a hold on one today!

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Looking for great apps? The Children's Librarians have tested dozens of new apps to hand select the very best!

Here are our most recently updated lists:

Early Literacy Apps for ages 2 to 5

Apps for ages 5 to 12

You can also check back here each month for Miss Amy's...

Our App of the Month for February, Build and Play 3D by PronetisKids, features some of our favorite pastimes: puzzle play and machine building! Build and Play 3D features different pieces of a machine or vehicle -- like an airplane, car, truck, or train -- and allows kids to drag and drop them into place to complete each puzzle. Upon completion, each vehicle turns on!

We love that the app reinforces the concept of cause and effect, and helps children to...

This month's app recommendation is an e-book app version of acclaimed children's book The Heart and The Bottle by Oliver Jeffers, who is one of the Children's Library's favorite authors.  The app version of the book, produced by Penguin Group USA, allows users to interact, play, and create within the pages of the e-book.

The app, designed for children ages 5+, encourages discovery while telling a poignant story of love, loss, friendship, and discovery of one's self. We especially like the...

This month's app recommendation is Toca Band by Toca Boca, an innovative play studio that creates app content for childen. Toca Band features 16 musicians gearing up for a big concert -- and they need help putting on their big show! The app encourages creative play with the use of sounds, different instruments, characters, and beats. We especially love how each "song" that users compose is completely different from the next.

Learning about music through such an...

With thousands of apps available, how do we (and how can you!) choose the best ones for young children? The following are some guidelines to help choose apps geared for ages 2 to 5.

A great early literacy app should:

- Be easy and intuitive for your pre-reader to navigate. Buttons and pagination should flow without confusion.

- Encourage the development of multiple literacies (print, visual, digital, etc.)

- Inspire active, rather than passive,...