Fingerplay of the Day

To encourage storytime practices, we are posting some of our favorite rhymes and fingerplays. Today's rhyme is "Ten Little Bubbles." This song encourages counting, repetition and movement. 

Unplugged Family Activities 

  • Build a blanket fort

  • Let your kids be your hairdresser, manicurists and make-up artists for the day!

  • Set the table for a fancy dinner....then eat dinner by candlelight!

  • Write letters to family and friends

  • Have a picnic lunch outdoors

  • Make an obstacle course

  • Build a house with playing cards

  • Make a time capsule

  • Learn a new card game or board game

Have you done any of these things? Do you have another idea we haven't mentioned? We would love to see photos of how you're spending your family time!

Email us at portlandlibrary@portlandct.org. 

Virtual Events, Field Trip and Activities

 

 

English and Other Languages

 

Outdoor Activities

Art, Crafts and Curious Minds

Math

Science

 

Social Studies


Computers in the Children's Area

Early Literacy Computer Station Added

In September 2014, the Youth Services Department added an AWE Early Literacy Computer Station to its list of services. Stocked with more than 40 games that build skills in the areas of reading, words and phonics; science and nature; math and problem solving; reference; music and arts; writing and computer skills; and social studies and geography, this colorful touch-screen computer is great for kids between the ages of 2-8. Users may sign up at the children’s reference desk to use the computer.

 

Portland Library Computer Information

We have two computers with Internet access in the Children's Department that can be used by patrons under the age of 11. Only children or others accompanied by children are allowed to use these computers. 

Please note the following when using the computers:

 

  • Parents and guardians will have to sign a Public Computer Procedures form the first time their child uses a computer.

  • If others are waiting, use is restricted to 30 minutes per user. 

  • There is filtering software on the computers in the Children's Department. 

  • Please, no eating or drinking at the computer. 

  • Our printing rates are as follows: Each user is allowed two free black and white pages. Additional pages are $.15 per page. Color copies are always $.50 per page. 

 

Recommended Websites for Children: 

American Library Association's Great Websites for Children

Cool Math Games

Disney Fairy Online Games

Fun Brain

KidsReads

Lego

PBS Kids Play

SwitchZoo

 
 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Raise a reader! 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national reading initiative that encourages parents and caregivers to provide positive, nurturing early experiences by reading aloud daily to their children from birth to age five. Reading to children builds important vocabulary and language skills that are needed for kindergarten. We invite you to participate in this exciting, free program open to children birth to age five.

How long will it take to read 1,000 books? This is a self-paced program that depends on how often you read together. Reading three books together a night—approximately 15 minutes—will mean you will have read 1,095 at the end of one year.

Come into the library and pick up your 1,000 Books Before Kindergartenwelcome packet in the children’s department.

Thank you to the Friends of the Portland Library for funding this program. 

 

Not able to come to the library but want to get started on your next reading journal? Print them out here!

Books 1-100

Books 101-250

Books 251-500

Books 501-750

Books 751-1,000

 

Homework Help

School Websites:

Valley View School

Gildersleeve School

Brownstone Intermediate School

General:

Discovery Education

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper

DK FindOut!: This secure search engine from published DK has information for young children on many different subjects. 

Math and Science:

Math.com

Math Fact Games

Math Baseball

HowStuffWorks.com: Learn how thousands of things work

NeoK-12:  Fun videos and lessons on science subjects

Social Studies:

Social Studies for Kids

Social Studies Games: for younger children

Scholastic News Online

English and Spelling:

Kidsspell.com:  Free spelling games based on selected or custom lists

 

Virtual Storytimes

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

April 2, 9, 16

​Miss Jenn and Miss Patty will be hosting a series of virtual storytimes on Thursday mornings in April. Join us using the Zoom meeting platform for songs, stories and fingerplays. Registration is required for each session and a Zoom link will be sent to each registered party within 24 hours of the event. 

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