a handmade red mailbox with text 'favorite books of 2020'
Hey kids! Have you seen our special mailbox outside of the library yet? Would you like to participate in our interactive Favorite Books of 2020 Display? Give the library a call to request a letter. The finished display created using your letters will be posted on Facebook - stay tuned! Here's what you'll need to do with your letter: 1. Write your first name and the title of your favorite book on the letter;
2. Return it to our special mailbox in front of the library on curbside pickup days.

a spread of picture books with text '1000 books before kindergarten'
Kick off the New Year with a reading journey! Children ages birth through pre-k and their caregivers are invited to participate in a self-paced reading program - 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Program is on-going throughout the year. The goal of the program is to encourage parent-child bonding through reading and to promote a love of reading in newborns, infants, and toddlers. Participants who register will receive a keepsake hardcover journal to track their reading and will receive milestone stickers for every 100 books logged. Journals and stickers will be available through curbside pickup. Registration is required - please call to register. Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Conant Public Library.

a bingo sheet with text 'book bingo reading challenge - january 2021'
Join the library in a month-long BINGO reading challenge! Participants from birth through grade 12 can sign up and request a BINGO card for curbside pickup. Program runs now through Thursday, January 28th. Participants should call the library when they complete their BINGO card and they will then be entered into a raffle for a chance to win an age-appropriate gift basket (sponsored by the Friends of the Conant Public Library). Pre-readers can participate by caregivers reading to/with them. Winners will be announced and contacted during the first week of February. Registration is required - please call to register.

an illustration of a black cat in a red cape with text 'picture book club - february 8th'
Children in grades K through 2 are invited to join us for Picture Book Club on Monday, February 8th at 6:00 pm via Zoom. We will be reading Max the Brave by Ed Vere for the virtual meeting, which will feature a read-aloud, book discussion, and themed activity. Copies of the book will be available for pickup during curbside pickup hours. Registration is required - please call to register.

two slices of toast decorated with fruit to look like an owl and a bear and text 'kids cook! - february 17th'
Young chefs in grades 3 and up are invited to join us for Kids Cook on Wednesday, February 17th at 10:30 am via Zoom. Kids will choose a recipe from The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook by Food Network and prepare the recipe for the virtual meeting. Copies of the cookbook will be available for pickup during curbside pickup hours. Registration is required - please call to register.

a miniature canvas pained with a starry night sky and text 'happy little canvases - february 18th'
Teens in grades 5 and up are invited to join us for Happy Little Canvases on Thursday, February 18th at 4:00 pm via Zoom. This program will feature a virtual, group free paint on small canvases. Canvas, easel, paintbrush, and paint will be available for pickup during curbside pickup hours. Space is limited and registration is required - please call to register. 

crafting supplies on a table with text 'craft kits to-go'
We are offering Craft Kits To-Go! Each craft kit provides all the necessary pieces as well as instructions. Families can request multiple kits (one kit per child). Craft kits are available while supplies last. To request your Craft Kit To-Go please give us a call during our curbside pickup hours.

a mother teaching her two children while sitting at the kitchen table and text 'homeschooling information'

If you're looking to learn more about homeschooling, click here to visit AHEM's website. AHEM is a non-profit, volunteer-run, educational organization that gathers and provides information on homeschooling in Massachusetts. Click here for a link to their about page for information on their organization.

stacks of books and general view of the children's floor
Welcome to the Conant Public Library Children’s Room!

We are located on the top floor of the Conant Public Library. Our collection features a wide variety of board books, picture books, easy readers, juvenile fiction and non-fiction, as well as children’s movies and audiobooks.

We offer many programs for children, including regular storytimes and bookclubs. Families are also invited to drop in and visit the Children's Room to play! Our early literacy center includes a puppet theater, puzzles, building blocks, sensory panels, and many toys. Additionally, our craft table features a new craft each week, available at all times with no registration necessary.

Children are encouraged to have their own library card at their parent’s discretion. For more information about obtaining a library card, please see our circulation policies here: http://sterlinglibrary.org/policies_circulation.asp.

For more information on Children’s Services, please contact Lizzy Gagliardi at 978-422-6409 or egagliardi@cwmars.org

NEW! TumbleBooks K-6 EBooks Database
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Library Online Resources: 

Brittanica Learning Zone
Brittanica School 
Gale Kids Info Bits
Miss Humblebee's Academy - Kindergarten Readiness program
OverDrive EBooks, EAudio and EMagazines
Book & Reading Engagement Kit - Pre-K through 12th grade enrichment resources

Online Educational Resources: 
Bedtime Math
Khan Academy
PBS Learning Media
Scholastic Learn at Home
Smithsonian Institute for Kids

Storytime and Author Events:
Draw Every Day with Jarrett Krocosczka
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Operation Storytime - Famous authors reading their books!
Storytime from Space - This is exactly what it sounds like...astronauts reading stories from SPACE!
Storylineonline - Famous people reading great books!