Kids World makes available materials that serve children’s informational, recreational and cultural needs for an age range from birth through grade six, and for all levels of ability.
Kids World makes every effort to have a copy of the local school’s textbooks and workbooks. They are not available for check out nor can they be taken from Kids World.
Norridge and Harwood Heights cardholders may receive ten free pages a day to copy from the school books. After that, black and white copies cost 10 cents per page.
If your child forgets their book at school, you will find the library’s copy in Kids World under the Dragon mural. Simply bring the book up to the Kids Desk if copies need to be made.
Study and Reference Books
The Study Book Collection is made up of informational books that have been selected specifically to help with school projects. To ensure that these books are available to everyone in a timely fashion, these books check out for only a one week time period.
The Reference Collection contains informational books. These books tend to contain more information than those in the regular nonfiction collection. In order to ensure that materials are available for school projects, even for those last minute students, these books checkout for only one day. They cannot be renewed. The Reference Collection is intended for in-library use.
Both the Study Book Collection and the Reference Collection cover a wide range of topics. They are located at the beginning of the Kids World Nonfiction Collection. These collections are a great place to turn to when a student is having difficulty finding materials in relation to their school project.
Workbooks and How to’s
There are a lot of workbooks spaced throughout the Nonfiction Collection that are intended to help with various school subjects. We have additional math workbooks and even books to help write school papers.
Audiobooks are a helpful tool for a struggling reader. They can read along with the audio book, or just listen to a book they are perhaps not ready to read on their own. Kids World audiobooks come in CDs (to listen to on a computer or CD player), or Playaway devices (just need a pair of headphones.)
Pathfinders are a great way to find materials, like books or websites, you might not spot on your own. Print copies of Kids World pathfinders can be found in a binder by the Kids Magazines
During the Storytime Session, each week there is a free craft. The crafts can be found in the red basket by the Kids Magazines. The crafts are packaged to be taken home, but glue sticks may be signed out at the Kids Desk if your child would prefer to make the craft in the Library.
Free Coloring Pages
Every day, each child may receive one free coloring page at the library. The week’s selection of coloring page are located by the Kids Magazines. Crayons may be signed out at the Kids Desk to be used at one of the tables in Kids World. The crayons may not be taken into the Picture Book Area.
Wooden puzzles for kids to solve are located in racks in the Picture Book Area. The puzzles are not available for checkout, but are a fun way to spend some time at the Library.
Kids World has a few toy bins to play with in the Library. They can be found by the Kits in the Picture Book area. The toy bins will rotate each month for new things to play with. Please help us by making sure the pieces are put back into the bins when you are finished.
Big Books and Pop-Up Books
The Big Book collection is located in the Picture Book Area, next to the purple arch. Pop-Up Book Collection is located by the Kids magazines. Both collections cannot be checked out, but are available to have fun with in the library.
Jumpstart Advanced Software allows children to work on various pre-literacy and/or literacy skills as well as math and thinking skills on the computer. The Jumpstart Advanced programs are leveled by age: Preschool (ages 2 – 4), Kindergarten (ages 4 – 6), 1st Grade (ages 5 – 7), and 2nd Grade (ages 6 – 8). The Jumpstart CD-ROMs are available to play with on the Kids World computers. You can also checkout the CD-ROMs to play on your home computer.
Storytime Handouts vary a bit depending upon the targeted age group. Recommended books, fingerplays, pre-literacy activities, and games are some of the great things included on handouts. Handouts from last week’s storytime are available on the bulletin board outside the Story Room. Handouts, craft instructions, and felt stories from previous storytime sessions are available to you. They are located in binders by the Kids Magazines. Just ask at the Kids Desk to make a copy of what catches your eye.
Pathfinders are a great way to find materials, like books or websites, you might not spot on your own. Print copies of Kids World pathfinders can be found in a binder by the Kids Magazines.
Traditional kits are books with their accompanying audio CD. In addition, phonics materials like collections of word family books and phonic wheels. There is also a shoe tying book and a kit to work on handwriting. Kits are located in red bags in the Picture Book Area.