Children’s Resources (For Teachers & Parents too)

As we head into this next school year in Billerica, we know that teachers, administrators and parents are hard at work preparing solid curriculum options, both hybrid and remote.  In light of this, we want to remind you (and your children) of another great resource – The Billerica Public Library!

In addition to books, we are here to offer a variety of tools, support, programs and resources to help during during this difficult time.

Special Offerings

  • Padlet  (including previously recorded storytimes)
  • Hoopla – a newly acquired, digital media resource which offers thousands of ebooks, audio books, graphic novels, comics, movies, television shows, educational/instructional videos, documentaries and music titles
  • Kanopy – streaming movies, documentaries, storytimes
  • Overdrive – a resource for ebooks and audiobooks
  • Website resources (including newspapers,encyclopedias, Mango languages, Gale resources, etc.)
  • Appointment-based, one hour library visits which allow for computer use, browsing, copying and printing, and reference assistance
  • Curbside pickup (book bundles, remote printing, library holds)
  • Readers’ advisory through phone or email
  • Virtual, enrichment programs for children ages 0-10 which include:
    • Morning, fall storytimes (via zoom)
    • Pre-school science programs
    • Sciencetellers events which use science experiments to tell stories
    • Book discussion groups
    • Grab-n-go crafts
    • Holiday performances (Halloween, Nutcracker, etc.)
    • animal programs, puppet shows, magic shows
    • Monthly “Melodies & More” music programs
    • Monthly yoga programs

Library cards

Any child age 5 or older, may get a library card.  For further information, click here.  Remote library cards are temporarily available to the public.

Child Safety Policy

All children under age 9 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or caregiver at least 15 years old or older. Please read the full Child Safety Policy.

Computer Usage

Computers in the Children’s Room are reserved for families with children. It is the responsibility of a parent or caregiver to ensure appropriate use of computers by children.

Resources

  • Museum passes:  The library offers a number of different passes to museums and attractions in New England.  Click here for further information.
  • Ellison machine: Bring your own paper and use our die cutout which include shapes, letters, animals, and seasonal images.
  • A  giant parachute: A multi-colored, vinyl parachute is available for indoor/outdoor play.
  • Cake Pans: Borrow a specialty cake pan
  • Telescope: Borrow for one week for free

Web Resources

Great Web Sites for Kids from the American Library Association
Caldecott Medal Winners from the American Library Association
Newbury Medal Winners from the American Library Association
American Academy of Pediatrics This award winning website provides a wide range of helpful information for parents.
Series Books in Order Find out which book comes next in your favorite series (from the Mid-Continent Public Library)
Reading Rockets PBS produced website where you can launch your child into a bright future with reading strategies
Fun & Games sites Taken from Memorial Hall Library, Andover, MA
Homework Center From Multinomah County Library (OR)

What are you looking for?