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Events -- Story Times -- Online Resources


Events

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.

 

View our events on our calendar.


Story Times

Join us for one of our many early literacy story times. Registration is not required, but we ask that participants arrive on time as we may be unable to accomodate latecomers.

Story Time Stars, ages 3 months- 2 years

This early literacy story time is perfect for wiggly young children! Join us on Monday mornings at 10:15 from July 1-August 5.

Story Time at the Clock, ages 3-5

Join your friendly local librarians for a story time that will take you to infinity and beyond! This space-themed preschool program will be meeting every Thursday morning at 10:00 from July 11-August 8 in Eastman Plaza (by the clock tower downtown).

Story Time at the Park, age 6 and under

We're teaming up with the Hanson Park Conservancy to present this educational, environmental story time series! Children ages 6 and under are invited to join us at Hanson Park on select Wednesday mornings at 10:00. Stop by on July 10 for a garden-themed story time and planting activity, July 24 for some turtle tales (with an appearance from a real, live turtle!), and on August 7 for a nature story time and nature walk! In the event of rain, Story Time will be cancelled for the day. Juice and cookies will be provided.


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:

PebbleGo! A children's discovery database suitable for pre-K through 4th grade. Topics include Animals, Earth and Space, Biographies, and Social Sciences. Contact the library for login information.

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.

Read-alikes

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.

Research

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

CultureGrams: CultureGrams™ is the leading primary source reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on the countries of the world. It goes beyond mere facts and figures to deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

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.

PebbleGo Next: This database was created especially for researchers in grades 3-6. It's the place to go for questions about U.S. States and American Indians. Each article contains a "read to me" feature, videos, timelines, and more! Sign in with username Cranford and password learn. 

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.

Keyboarding

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!




Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday (summer):  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Closed Sunday.

Children's Room -- Same hours as above
Children must be accompanied
by an adult after 6:00 p.m.