Kids Week Downtown
August 2 – 9, 2015 is officially Kids Week in Downtown Santa Cruz. Enjoy movies, classes, specials and fun things to do and see.
At the downtown branch the library will have arts and crafts activities and tales to tails.
Check out all the events at the Kids Week Downtown website.
Great websites for kids!
A list of ALA recommended websites sorted by subject. There is a LOT of really great websites for kids of all ages listed here. Some great examples are listed below. Check out the site for more great suggestions
- Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago - The Lincoln Park Zoo Web site strives to build understanding and respect for wildlife and natural lands across the world.
- The science of baseball - From the Exploratorium in San Francisco
- Play kids games - Check out math, alphabet and logic games designed for younger children and their parents.
- Smithsonian Tween Tribune - Looking for articles about science, history or current events? This interactive site features content for grades 5-8
Narrated Picture Books Now Available From Overdrive!
We recently added a selection of narrated picture books in Overdrive. These eBooks available through Overdrive Read deliver professional narration along with the text, so the reader can hear the story and see the pictures at the same time. Some of these eBooks include a full-blown soundtrack with sound effects, and many also highlight the text as it is read. These books would be perfect for those just learning to read, those learning English, or readers who just like a little more personality with their eBooks.
Overdrive is working on developing an easy way to find these, but in the meantime, go to Overdrive and select either Children Fiction or Children Nonfiction under Children & Teens, then filter the search by Format: OverDrive Read. Look for the “NARRATED” sign across the cover image of these titles. You will need to use the OverDrive Read format to hear narration. Example: