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Can we help?  You can contact the Children’s Department at 978-674-1529 or by e-mail at

For more information about events in the Children’s Department, check out our Facebook page or visit the library’s calendar. 

We Miss You!

Do you miss Storytime as much as the Children’s staff does?

Check out our Facebook page – Pollard Memorial Library Youth Services – for postings directly from our own Youth Services Staff – videos, photos, and more!  Make sure to check that Facebook page often to see what our bunny rabbit friend is up to.  We will be posting his activities a few times a week.

And we’ve got a brand new YouTube channel!  Click here to see it.

And until we can meet again, there are lots of great online storytime resources for stories, songs and more that you can visit.  Jbrary, a website by Canadian children’s librarians, has compiled a list of online storytimes.  Put on your storytime looking eyes, your storytime listening ears and enjoy!

It is Summer Reading Time!

Click here for a Summer Reading Story about Knights on a Dangerous Quest! (and for more information about our summer plans click here.)

Resources for Parents During School Closings Due to the Corona Virus

Make sure to check out the Lowell Public Schools web page for school information as well as for assignments and recommended online activities.  The LPS At Home Learning page also contains information for special needs students.

For parents who are looking for a listed of antiracism and Black Lives Matter related topics, the Children’s Department has curated a list of suggested books to consider.

Looking for a social story to explain Coronavirus?  Click here.

Have a hard time explaining social distancing?
Somerville issued 3 books about the topic for families to download and read together and express their feelings:

Caring for Each Other from Sesame Cares – Videos and songs about safe sneezing and hand washing featuring Sesame Street favorites.  The site also includes a tool kit for parents and caregivers.

National Public Radio recently aired a story about a comic created to explain COVID 19 to kids.  Click here to read about it.  The online story also has a link to download the comic.

Understood is an organization whose purpose is to provide resources for special needs people and their supporters to help them navigate the world. They have provided resources for special needs people and their families to explain the Coronavirus and what is happening as a result of the virus. This informaiton is helpful for all families, not just special needs families.
Understood also provide some tips about activities to keep kids busy at home.  Click here for that information.

Adventures in Familyhood
20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids

Discover Museum –  The museum is closed but has created a new page, Discovery at Home, full of lots of activities.

Storyline Online
Storyline Online is a program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that relies entirely on gifts, grants and donations to fund Storyline Online and produce all of its videos. Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Storytime from Space – The name says it all!

Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic is offering free online educational opportunities for children in preschool on up through teens. – Provides worksheets, games, and other online activities.  During this time they are temporarily offering free access to some of their offerings.

Edheads – This site provides online math and science activities.  Through April 6 they will be offering free online access to users. – Access free online ebooks

Miss Humblebee’s Academy
Children Ages 2 – 6

A List of Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings from

Boredom Buster Activity Plan
From Left Brain Craft Brain

Go Noodle – a movement and mindfulness site recommended by our own Ms. Christine! – Games for babies, toddlers, and young, preschoolers.  There are free activities but you can pay a subscription fee for access to more activities and ad free access.

Puppet Showplace Theater – This Brookline puppet theater has provided a link of various puppet performers providing online shows.

Home Activities
Compiled by a teacher

Scavenger Hunts from Primary Playground

Stuck Inside?  Virtually visit the zoo or aquarium!

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari

San Diego Zoo

Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Reid Park Zoo Lion Cam, Tucson, AZ

Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs, Rhenen, Netherlands

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Bay, CA

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA

National Aquarium Virtual Tour

Virtual Farm Tours
Dutch Hollow Dairy Farm

Will-O-Crest Farm

JoBo Holsteins Farm
For High School Students

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Drawing classes for kids

Draw Every Day with JJK
Drawing classes for kids with Jarrett Krosoczka

Read, Wonder, and Learn!
Favorite authors and illustrators share resources for learning anywhere

The Spanish Experiment – Children’s stories in Spanish

Free TumbleBooks Resources – ebooks and audiobooks  – K-6 children’s ebook database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble735
Password: books  – K-6 math ebook database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6 – gr 7-12 ebook database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6  – all ages audio book database
Direct Link:
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

AWE Early Learning Stations!

Thanks to the generosity of the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation and a grant from the Digital Federal Credit Union, the Children’s Department now has two AWE early stations.  These learning stations are computers that are loaded with over 40 educational activities geared for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and early elementary school children. To learn more about the AWE stations stop by the Children’s Department.  We can’t wait to see you and your children!

Muzzy Language DVDs and Muzzy Online

Does your child want to learn a new language?  Or is your child learning English as a Second Language?  MUZZY Online is an award-winning language program for children that provides a comprehensive, interactive, and fun way to learn a second language.  It features lessons, videos, interactive games and activities, and more!  The languages currently available are Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Italian.  MUZZY Online can be found on the Electronic Resources Page under Youth Oriented Study or click here to check out this amazing resource.

Muzzy Online