Children's Room

Events -- Summer Reading Challenge -- Request a Visit -- Online Resources


We have a variety of wonderful programs happening year-round at the library, interested in receiving news and updates about children's programs? Join our email list to receive monthly updates. Please note that most of our programs that require registration are limited to Cranford cardholders.

Visit our calendar to see a full roster of events.

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is a recreational literacy program for community members of all ages. The library has options for children, teens, and adults. This free program is available to the community thanks to support from the Friends of the Library. Anyone with a valid Cranford Public Library card is welcome to participate.

Children track their reading online or in paper logs (please choose one format and stick with it). Visit or download the Beanstack Tracker app to record reading online, or stop by the Children's Department to enroll in the screen-free version of the program. Everyone who participates should record the amount of time they spend reading each day. Drop by the library every week to claim a new prize, while supplies last!

At the end of the summer, we celebrate readers with a Summer Reading carnival. The more time children spend reading over the course of the summer, the more tickets they’ll earn. Carnival tickets can be spent on games and crafts. This year's Summer Reading Carnival is on Thursday, August 17 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Registration begins on Monday, June 5 and the program runs from June 19 through August 14. All participants should turn in their time by Monday, August 14.

Request a Visit

We're happy to provide outreach services and tours to groups who work with children. Reservations are required. We do our best to accomodate all requests, you can help us by giving as much notice as possible. Email to request a visit.

Online Resources

The wealth of information at the library isn’t limited to books; we also have a wide range of online resources!

For Emerging Readers

Children learning to read on their own will love our selection of online books that will read along with them. The library has content from:

TumbleBooks: TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of talking picture books. Tumblebooks are created by adding animation, sound, music, and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book that children can read or have read to them. To access TumbleBookLibrary, use cranfordpl as your user name and libra as your password.

Capstone Interactive Kids Library: Capstone capitalizes on the use of multimedia, providing a great interactive resource to be used by teachers, parents, and students to enhance reading and reading comprehension levels. Use username cranford and password learn.


Finished a book you love and looking for something just like it? These resources will help to pair you with your next read.

NoveList K-8: This searchable database provides a simple way to find the perfect book. It focuses on fiction reading materials that support the school curriculum, as well as the recreational reading interests of children and students from preschool through middle school. In addition, Novelist K-8 Plus features a section devoted to non-fiction reading materials.

BookWizard: This tool, created by Scholastic, allows you to search for read-alikes or by reading level.


Looking for another source for a paper? We've got you covered: search thousands of educational articles contained in the library's databases:

Dinosaurs: A detailed resource from Marshall Cavendish that features plenty of maps, drawings, and diagrams. Articles include 41 general topics and a breakout by Saurischian versus Ornithischian.

Elements: Find out about the origin, discovery, special characteristics, and importance of the 117 known elements, from aluminum to zirconium.

Explorers and Exploration: This resource profiles many explorers who have broken new paths and offers historical, geographical and motivational perspectives on their accomplishments.

International Wildlife: Learn about the physical features and lifestyles of species in the animal kingdom.

Inventors and Inventions: Marshall Cavendish makes this very easy to search by name and category of device. Searchable images include drawings, diagrams, maps, timelines, and photos.

World Book Online: Contains every article from the 22-volume print version of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus state-of-the art multimedia and editor-reviewed Web sites.


Children learning to use a computer keyboard have a few free resources available to them:

Typing Web: This typing program contains tutorials and tests for a variety of abilities: from introductions to advanced keyboarding tests!

Dance Mat Typing: This game, created by the BBC, familiarizes children with touch typing before encouraging them to improve their typing speed. Once you've mastered typing, take a look at their other tech tutorials!

Type Racer: It's a race to type as fast as you can, challenge opponents from around the world!

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