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Service for Children

youth resources and links

Services for Children 0 – 12 Years Old

Youth Services is a colorful and exciting place that engages all five senses. It’s rarely a quiet area. On most days you can experience children playing with puzzles and toys in Toddler Corner or hear the laughter of little ones exploring Curiosity Corner.

Some of our youngest visitors can’t contain their excitement when arriving at the library. Little feet come running into Youth Services to see what new experiences are being offered. Scoring a seat in the soapbox derby car always makes for a fun adventure while reading a favorite book.

Nurturing the imagination of young readers, ages newborn to 12 years old, is the primary focus of Youth Services. The library staff strive to be an invaluable resource to parents.

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Programs and Events

E-books for Kids

Toys and Puzzles:  Check out toys and puzzles to take home and enjoy. Stop at the service desk for assistance and selection

Technology Use:  Computer Use | laptop check-out | hotspots | Assistance with RCS computers (Coming soon.)

Supervised Visits at the Library

child playing with legos

No Overdue Fines for Library Material Selected from Youth Services

Overdue Fees Are Waived
Although we encourage children, parents and caregivers to return their library materials on time, we are waiving overdue fines on materials selected from Youth Services. We are pleased to offer this new policy to support young Library users in their reading journey. Lost and damage fees will still be in place. Movies are not included in the fee waiver.

Beanstack Reading Challenge App

About Beanstack

What is Beanstack?

Simple! It’s the world’s easiest way to keep track of all the books you read. When you create a Beanstack account for yourself or your family, you’re instantly connected to your local library’s reading programs, so you’ll get credit for every minute and every page. We’ll keep all your stats for you, cheer you on while you work towards your program goals, and let you know when you’ve earned prizes. When your library’s program ends, you keep your account, and your reading history—it’s always free, and you can keep right on logging your leisure reading. When the next library program comes around, no need to re-register—just click on it, and you’re in.

How do I log my reading or activities?

In one swipe! Flip your book over and use your phone to scan the bar code on the back. Boom, you’re done. Seriously, the Beanstack mobile app makes it that easy. If you want to get fancy, you can also enter the number of pages, minutes, or hours (nice work!) that you read. If your library uses Activities, they’ll be there on your screen—just click the ones you’ve done.

Prefer to use your computer to log your reading? No problem. You can always enter your reading through your Beanstack account online, too.

How do I get the prizes I earn in Beanstack?

Every time you hit a reading milestone, you’ll win a badge—a little digital fist bump to celebrate the quality time your brain and your books have been spending together. Sometimes those milestones will come with real, actual loot from your library—we’ll let you know, so you can go in and claim your sweet reward. If your library uses a raffle system for prizes, you can even use Beanstack to choose which goodies you want your tickets to go towards.

May I add more than one reader to my account?

Of course. You can set up as many profiles as you like, for readers of any age. And if you’re a parent who reads aloud to more than one kid at a time, you can credit that reading time to multiple children’s accounts with a single click—no need to log it in separately for each of your avid listeners.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a preliteracy effort aimed at encouraging families to read at least 1,000 books to their preschooler, birth to age 5 before they enter school. Families can sign-up at no cost at Morrisson-Reeves Library (MRL).

How it works:
1. Register your child and receive a FREE book bag and reading notebook to take home.
2. Mark off books as you read them.
3. Stop in the Library and receive a prize after every 100 books read.
4. Each child who completes 1,000 books will be awarded a FREE book.

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AR (Accelerated Reader)

In the back of most of the books in the children’s area, you will find notations regarding Accelerated Reader information. If that information is not found in the back of the book, it can be found at:  http://www.arbookfind.com

· GR – grade level – indicates the interest level

· BL – book level – reading level as determined by Accelerated Reader

· AR – points a quiz on the book is worth in the Accelerated Reader program

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• Tour the Youth Space (Video or a slide show)  (Coming soon.)

World Book Resource Hub

Storytime at MRLStorytimes for Kids are Currently Being Offered Virtually

Visit our virtual programming page for details.

 

 

No registration is required to attend. All storytime programs are free.

Canceled due to COVID-19 protocols
Play and Learn (0-24 months) -Tuesdays at 10:00 am

This program runs September through May 
Build a love of reading and develop social skills. Lasts around 20-30 minutes!

Canceled due to COVID-19 protocols
Alphabet Adventures (2-5 year olds) – Wednesdays at 10:00am
This program runs September through May 
Talk! Sing! Paint! Play! Listen to a story! Learn about the alphabet and more. Join Ms. Nancy – It’s an adventure! Lasts about 35-45 minutes!

Canceled due to COVID-19 protocols
Evening Storytime (0-5 yrs) – Wednesdays at 5:00 pm

This program runs September through May
 A hands-on creative discovery of books, crafts, and fun. Lasts about 35-45 minutes!

Canceled due to COVID-19 protocols
Music and Movement (2-5 year olds) – Thursdays at 10 am
This program runs September through May 
Enhance reading readiness and physical literacy with stories, music, and more! Lasts about 35-45 minutes!

Canceled due to COVID-19 protocols
Firefly Fridays (0-5 yrs) 

Fridays | Contact MRL for dates | 10:00am 
Talk! Sing! Paint! Play! Interact with a story! Explore an Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award Nominee Book. It’s time to have fun!

Storytimes introduce children to children’s literature and provide a shared group experience for them. Storytimes acquaint children with a wide range of books, folktales and legends, and encourages development of life-long reading interests. Reading is the key to success in life. It is our goal to provide an enjoyable and rewarding experience for your children when they attend our programs and to assist them in developing a love for reading.

Story Time is a program designed as a shared library experience for children and their caregiver. The librarian will share the best in children’s literature and illustration, and will enhance the story time with songs, fingerplays, and flannelboard. In addition to hearing enriching literature, we will reinforce traditional pre-school concepts such as counting, identifying colors, animal names, etc. Adults who accompany children are encouraged to actively participate as a model for their child. It is our goal to provide an educational experience that is also entertaining and to nurture an early love of books and reading.


Many other programs are offered throughout the year for children of all ages. Please call (765) 966-8291 for more information.

Suggested Sources

Homework Help

Morrisson-Reeves Library has collected many site links from around the web and other library sites. Our collection is always growing and will hopefully help you find answers and help for homework. Maybe you’ll even finish quicker than you think so that you can take time to enjoy a little fun time.

Various Research Tools Available On Our Research Page

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Art History

The Getty Museum of Art
Large collection of art works

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
See 5,000 years of art at this famous New York City art museum

Smithsonian Center for Education & Museum Studies
Explore museum topics, visit idea labs and explore the many area of this incredible site.

The WebMuseum
Links to famous artworks and art exhibition

 

Biographies

The Biographical Dictionary
This dictionary covers more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day.

Famous Americans
American biographies from the American Revolution to present day

Invent NOW!
National Inventors Hall of Fame

Presidents of the United States of America
The official White House webpage of presidential biographies

Famous African Americans
Detailed biographies of 100s of Famous African Americans.

 

Geography of the World

Countries around the World
These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of countries around the world.

Countries and Regions of the World
Regional and county maps and information that is great for reports.

Our 50 States
Facts and maps of the individual states

State of Play
Play and learn the 50 states.

 

History

African American History
Guide to Black History & Biographies

History Timeline
See world history in this helpful resource timeline.

Hyper History
Over 2000 files covering 300 years of world history

Today in History
Historic events and birthdates. Select a day or year and get the important history that happened that day.

The Underground Railroad Information Site
Presented by The National register Travel Itinerary. Find facts, maps and more helpful information.

The Underground Railroad – Levi Coffin House
A part of the legendary Underground Railroad for fleeing slaves of pre-Civil War days, this registered National Historic Landmark is a Federal style brick home built in 1839.

 

Math

Math Challenge
The whole family can take this math challenge from this interactive site.

 

Science

Bill Nye the Science Guy
Great site if you are thinking of doing a science project

 

Social Studies

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Pick an age level and learn about Social Studies and US history

U.S. Constitution
The Constitution of the United States of America in readable text format