Kid's Corner

Welcome to the Kids’ Corner!

This is your space at the library website, where we talk about some of the things we have to offer to kids just like you. Want to know more? Click on the + sign by each of the sections below to see what’s inside—and start your new library adventure! 

Your Library: A How-To Guide

Here you’ll find a step-by-step guide on how to use your library like a pro.

 

Getting a card

You’ll need a card to borrow stuff from the library and take it home, so it's a good thing getting a card is super easy!

All you have to do is come into the library with a parent or guardian. Ask them to bring a picture ID with them and a little money to pay for your card. If you are 11 years old or younger, they’ll pay $5, and if you are 12 or older it costs $10. And... That's it! You are good to go!

Creating your online account

To get the most out of your library, you’ll need to create an online account by choosing a username and a password.

To do that, go to this website and click on “My account.” You’ll then see something like the image you can see on the left column here. Click on “Log In / Register,” and then on “Create username.”

After that, follow the instructions on the screen to get all set up to use the library online. But first… take a look below and learn how to create a good password!

Choosing the right password

Making a strong password to make sure your information is protected is very important.

Play this game to learn how to create a password that’s really hard to crack: Password Protect.

Finding what you want

You can always come to the library to look around, talk to us, and find something you want. But you can also do it online by searching our catalogue, which is the list of everything that we have that you can borrow. Start by finding the search bar on our website—it’s on the top right corner of the screen, and it looks like this:

Click inside the search bar and write the name of the book, or movie, or whatever other item you want to get.You can also write keywords—like “cats” or “firetruck”—and see what comes up!

Getting what you want

Found what you want? Then ask for it! Click the "place request" button that’s on the right-hand side of the page (it looks just like the one you can see on the left column here).

And... that’s it! If the item you want is on the library’s shelves, it will be ready for you very soon.

Sometimes it may happen that you want something that’s really popular, and other people had already asked for it before you did. By placing your request, you’ll be in line, and when your turn comes, we’ll let you know—even if it takes a little while.

Knowing when your stuff is ready for pick up

When the item you asked for is ready for you to pick it up, you’ll get a phone call or an email from the library to let you know.

So after you make your request, all you have to do is wait for us to tell you to come in!

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Homework Help: Sites for Research

Looking for information online can be tricky. While there are a lot of great places to go for information, there are also websites that will tell you things that aren’t exactly right or, even worse, websites that will make things up. Look below for a few suggestions of cool (and trustworthy) sites to visit when you’re trying to find out about a topic.

Fact Monster - This site has a bit of everything for everyone. It was made to be a place where kids could do research for school on topics related to different classes, like social studies, science, English, or even math!
National Geographic Kids - National Geographic is also a good place to go to for lots of different topics. Our favourite part of their website is probably their stuff on animals—and their animal photos are always great!

DK Findout - DK Findout is definitely worth a look. We love, for example, that it has lots of pictures to go with the information on the wide variety of topics they cover. One of our favourite sections on their website is one about what life is like for kids around the world.It would be a great section to visit for when you have to write about a country for a project. ;)

Space Place - A site for Earthlings like yourself that’s all about... you guessed it, space! Space Place is made by the same people that send astronauts to space, which is pretty awesome.

 

News for Kids

Are you interested in reading the news and learning about what’s going on in the world and reading the news? That’s very mature of you! It’s important to stay informed. So here are some news sources made for clever kids like you.

  CBC Kids News – CBC News isn’t just for grownups! They have a whole section of their website dedicated to keeping kids in the know.
   Smithsonian Tween Tribune – This site is run by a famous and trusted organization. The great thing about this news source is that it has levels of reading difficulty so you can search for news articles written for your reading level.
  

TIME for Kids – Have you ever heard of TIME magazine before? It’s a famous magazine about current events and discoveries… and they have a website just for kids!

 

eResources

Your library also has some pretty neat things that you can use in your computer that are called eResources. Some of those resources are for the older folks out there, but others are made for kids—and quite fun! Scroll down this page for the kids' eResource section, where we put together the best kid-friendly online resources we have to offer.

Heads up: sometimes you may find them a bit complicated to get to work on your computer. If that happens, just ask us for help. That’s what we’re here for!

TumbleBooks - You may already know how cool TumbleBooks is, since a lot of teachers use it to show videos during snack and lunchtime. If you don't, it's a website that has a lot of videos of people telling stories from books, as well as chapter and picture books that you can read by yourself if you prefer.
TumbleMath - Are you a math nerd? TumbleMath is a lot like TumbleBooks, but all the stories have to do with math in some way. They even have math-related comic books!
Overdrive - Overdrive has a section just for kids and offers ebooks, audiobooks, and comic books for all reading levels.

NoveList K-8 - You know when you finish a really good book and think, "I want to read more books like this one!"? Well, this site helps you find that! You can type up the title of the book you liked and see what suggestions they have for other books like it. The site also helps you find out what to read next by giving you suggestions of books based on topics of what you like most in a book.