Write a book review - Have you read something lately that you would like to tell us about?  We want to know about it!

Share a Joke - Know a funny joke?  We want to hear it!

Recommend a Website - Do you know a great website for kids that we should add to Kidspace?

Tell us what you think about Kidspace - What do you like about Kidspace?  What else would you like to see on the site?

Tell us about a book we should add to our collection - Did you find what you needed in our collection?  If you didn't, tell us about it.


Fun and Games

Check out the links listed for some great games and activities!!


Art Safari - Choose a famous painting and then create a story about it.
Chirp - Create art and coloring pages with Chirp.
Etch-A -Sketch - Have fun with Etch-A-Sketch online
The Art Zone - Interactive art that you can make online, provided for kids by the National Gallery of Art
Color with Leo - The Color With Leo™ site was created to nuture a child's boundless creativity and insatiable curiosity.


Boy Stuff

Boy's Life Magazine - Games, jokes, and projects to make.
Sports Illustrated Kids - Sports videos, games, and a place to build your own car or SI cover.
Exploratorium - The Exploratorium isn't just a muesum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception - a vast collection of online interactives, web features, activities, programs and events that feed our curiosity. 
Guys Read - Guys Read is a web-based literacy program for boys, whose mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers. 
LEGO - Games, comics, movies, downloads, message boards, and LEGO club are available on this website.
National Geographic Kids - Inspiring kids to care about the planet - and the people, places, and animals on it.
Primary Games - Educational games designed by teachers that are fun, up to fourth grade level.

Homeschooler Resources

Recommended Reading:

Home learning year by year : how to design a homeschool curriculum from preschool through high school / Rebecca Rupp
The homeschooling option : how to decide when it's right for your family / Lisa Rivero
Homeschooling : take a deep breath--you can do this! / by Terrie Lynn Bittner
The homeschooling handbook : from preschool to high school, a parent's guide / Mary Griffith

Helpful Websites:

A to Z Home's Cool -
This site, created and maintained by a “retired” homeschooler, includes curriculum resources, information for beginners, online communities and much, much more.

American Homeschool Association -
The national network set up to provide news, information, and resources for those interested in homeschooling.

Home Education Magazine -
The Home Education Magazine’s site offers resources, networking opportunities, and articles from the current issue as well as an extensive archive.

Homeschooling @ Lee & Low Books -
Publisher site that includes free activities for individuals and small groups, downloadable classroom guides, information on homeschooling grants, articles connecting diverse books with current events and recommended books on various topics.

Illinois H.O.U.S.E. -
This statewide support network provides basic information for getting started in homeschooling and links to resources and curricula for homeschooling families.

Illinois Home Education -
This site offers advice on getting started homeschooling in Illinois.
A home education site which looks at different ways of teaching: through playing, reading, singing, dancing and exploring.

Homework Help for Kids


Art and Architecture: 
ArchKidecture - Information about different types of structures
Building Big - Explore large structures and what it takes to build them.
Great Buildings Collection - Images and information about famous buildings around the world and throughout history.
Albright-Knox Artgames - Learn about different kinds of art and artists through these fun games from the Albright-Know Museum.
Art Room - Activities to help you think like an artist, an online exhibit of children's artwork from around the world, information about famous artist and works of art, and ideas for art projects.
Art Safari - Explore the painting and art collection of the Museum of Modern Art
NGA Kids - Take a virtual tour of the National Gallery of Art and explore the work of some artists through games and activities.
Smithsonian Student - Loads of art related websites created by the staff at the Smithsonian museums.

Congress for Kids - Take a virtual tour with Uncle Sam and learn about the 13 Colonies, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Bill of Rights, and more! - Links to federal websites for kids from NASA to the FBI-in this colorful page.
White House for Kids - Learn about the Presidents of the United States.

Health and Nutrition:
BAM! Body and Mind - Learn about fitness, food and nutrition, exercise, disease, and safety.  Take a quiz, play a game, or create a fitness calendar
FDA Kids Page - Learn about food safety, germs, and nutrition.
Girls' Health - Health information for girls.
Kids Health - Articles about dealing with emotions, staying healthy, everyday illness, and growing up.




Magazines for Kids

Come in and check out the magazines that are available to you at the library!

Parent Resources

The ability to read well is the most important skill children must possess as they enter into adulthood and the job market, and become engaged and successful members of our global city. Getting an early start in building reading skills is critical to a child’s success in school and in life. Studies show that 50 percent of a child’s intellectual development happens between birth and age 4.

The Mount Carroll Township Public Library has created a list of four simple steps parents can take to help children in their lives build their reading skills.

Creating a society of readers is everyone’s responsibility – and everyone will benefit from the results.

1. Get a library card and use it.
2. Read aloud with a child for 20 minutes a day.
3. Have books in your home.
4. Set the example, get caught reading a good book.

If you can read this…you should be reading to your child.

Helpful Websites:

Born to Read:  How to Raise a Reader -The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, describes ways parents can develop early literacy skills by sharing books starting at birth. Includes suggested websites and books to share.

Mem Fox:  Teaching, Learning, Living - In addition to information about the author and her books, Mem Fox introduces reading aloud with “And Do It Like This.” Children and parents can also enjoy hearing Mem read her books aloud.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - NAEYC has developed this site for children’s first teachers – their parents. Here parents will find information on the early learning years, booklists and a resource for finding quality early childhood programs.

PBS - PBS provides parents and children with a literacy goldmine of great information, books, activities and games.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) - This website for RIF coordinators, educators and parents provides a forum to prepare and motivate children to read through a variety of literacy activities

Zero to Three - As the “Nation’s leading resource on the first years,” Zero to Three promotes the healthy development of babies and toddlers; includes a Parenting A-Z, Tip of the Week and a link to Brain Wonders, a collaborative project to help babies and toddlers grow and develop.

Search Engines for Kids


Search Engines for Kids

ALA Great Websites for Kids - A directory of kids' sites recommended by the American Library Association

Ask for Kids - Type in your question and "Ask for Kids" takes you to a website that answers your question.

IPL for Kids - Tons of helpful and entertaining web resources.

KidsClick - Over 600 websites chosen by librarians.

Yahoo! Kids - Browsable, searchable directory of websites for kids.