Kids' Corner

Participate in MCL's first ever Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Open to all ages.

Contest Rules

  • Decorate your pumpkin however you like — carving, paint, etc. — as long as it's BOOK THEMED in some way.

  • Submit your photo by email to: pumpkins@mcl.org. Please include your NAME, AGE, and CONTACT INFO in the email.

  • Submissions are due by Wednesday, October 21st.

  • Photos of your pumpkins will be posted to MCL's Facebook page, where they will be voted on with "likes".

  • Voting will take place from Thursday, October 22nd - 29th.

  • Winners will be announced at 12:00 pm, Saturday, October 31st. One child and one adult winner will be selected and given a prize!

Online Content

The Kids Staff Blog

Printable Activites

Cinderella Craft

Briana from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) will retell the original story of Cinderella and introduce a variety of fractured fairy tales related to the story. At the end you can follow along as she shows you how to make a fairy wand. Suggested for children, Pre-K through Grade 2.

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Design Your Own Character

Briana from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) will tell us about Ms. Varon and her books. At the end, we will see a video from Ms. Varon about designing your own character.

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Dragon Light Box Craft

Katie from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) shows you how to make a dragon light box. You will need a box, battery-powered string lights such as fairy lights, dragon template, Xacto knife, tracing paper, tape, and glue. Parent supervision or help is recommended.

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Elves Activity

Chetna from our Youth Services department (Ewing) reads If You're Happy And You Know It! by Jane Cabrera as well as some other tales involving elves and and elf craft.

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The Fish Who Could Wish Craft

Liz from our Youth Services department (Hightstown) takes us back with a classic story, The Fish Who Could Wish by John Bush. There is also a craft and learning activities.

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Little Red Hen Craft

Andrea from our Youth Services department (Hickory Corner) is going to share some "fractured" versions of the story that you can find in the library's catalog and some fun activities that you download and print at home.

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Princess and the Pea Craft

Briana from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) introduces a variety of fractured fairy tales related to the story. At the end you can follow along as she shows you how to make your own princess bed. Suggested for children, Pre-K through Grade 2.

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Rapunzel Craft

Connie from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) will review books and fractured fairy tales related to the original story. At the end we will make popsicle stick characters to recreate the story at home.

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Sleeping Beauty Craft

Connie from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) will retell Sleeping Beauty and review books and fractured fairy tales related to the original story. At the end we will make a related craft. Suggested ages: Pre-K through Grade 2.

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Tin Foil Dragon Craft

Katie from our Youth Services department (Hopewell) shows you how to make a tin foil dragon. You will need tin foil, glue, cardboard, a dragon template, and permanent markers.

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Unicorn Bookmark Craft

Piali from our Circulation department (Twin Rivers) shows you how to make unicorn book marks. Supplies needed: Yarn, Cardstock, Pencil, and Scissors.

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Suggested Reads

Youth and Teen Book Suggestions Playlist

Our librarians can help reccommend your next read! Watch and find one that is best for you.

New York Times Best Sellers Lists

NextReads Suggestions Subscribe

Juvienile Fiction and Nonfiction J

Juvienile Graphic Novels J 741

Tween Picks J

Websites for Home Learning

Selected and maintained by MCL Youth Services Librarians

Games

ABCMouse Early Learning Academy

Government

Ben's Guide to US Government
Ben's Guide serves as the educational component of GPO Access, GPO's service to provide the official online version of legislative and regulatory information. This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.

NASA
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Homework Help

Factmonster
Online almanac, dictionary, encylopedia, and homework help.

Reading and Book-Related Websites

Caldecott
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

International Children's Digital Library
The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge.

Newbery
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Pigeon Presents
Starring Mo Willems' pigeon.

Printz Award
The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

ReadKiddoRead
The number one spot on the web for getting kids into great books.

Storyline Online
An online streaming video program featuring SAG members reading Children's books aloud.

YourNextRead
We started YourNextRead to make discovering, buying and enjoying a book as simple as finding your next film or band.

Science Fair Projects

The Science Explorer
The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker.

Science Buddies
Science Buddies mission is to help students from all walks of life [...] build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century.

Science Fair Central
Offers ideas for Science Fair Projects and experiments for kids.