Curiosity Sparks Success
Each great person started out the same—as a child with the world in front of them. There are limitless possibilities open to them.
During this time of social distancing and isolation, we want to help you keep your kids busy and engaged! Click here to see the list of kids activities that you can use right from your living room!
It’s easy to set your child up for a lifetime of success. In fact, you’re probably doing it without even realizing it. Every time you sing, play, rhyme, and read you are investing in your child’s future by building literacy skills, making learning fun, encouraging creativity, and sparking curiosity.
The smallest steps have the biggest impact. Discover how Stark Library helps the youngest members in our community start off on the right foot.
Early literacy is the knowledge a child develops about reading and writing before actually learning to read or write. By holding a book or listening to stories, children have a better chance at succeeding in school, which translates into positive outcomes later in life.
New Children's Books
Homeschool – WHAT?
Parents and caregivers are scrambling to find good resources for teaching their kids at home, and we’ve tried to make it easier on you. On this page you'll find great online resources – from the fun and wacky, like mad science projects you can do at home, to exploring the world with virtual tours to National Parks, Zoos, and Museums.
Be sure to check back regularly, as we’ll be updating this page often!
Get those kids off the couch and moving around to get the wiggles out!
Downloadable books for Kids
Books for Tweens
Books for Teens
Are you looking for truly outstanding works of literary art? These lists of award winning books represent some of the best of what was produced for the year. Whether you are looking for a great read for yourself or to give as a gift, these lists are great places to start your reading journey.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Find Caldecott Medal Winners in our catalog
Newbery Medal Winners
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Find Newbery Award Winners in our catalog
The Coretta Scott King Book Award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Committee of the American Library Association's Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT). The award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution.
Transforming Our World One Child at a Time
At Stark Library we know that good habits are formed early. That’s why we make it our goal to help the youngest members in our community get off to their best start! Our GUIDE initiative focuses on providing information, resources, and tools that help parents, caregivers, and educators raise up children who love to read and want to learn. And, of course, like everything else at the Library, all of the resources we provide are FREE.
Check Out These Great Links for Early Reading:
The Ohio Digital Library for Kids is now available. This site is designed for younger users and only includes content with juvenile subjects. To get to the new site, follow the link from the main site or go directly to OhioeBooks.org/kids. All Juvenile content will still be accessible from the main Ohio Digital Library site as well this new option.
Children and families also can search for titles focusing on their favorite storybook characters. The collection includes more than 5,500 children's titles including such favorites as Clifford, Berenstein Bears and Fancy Nancy for younger readers; Judy Moody and the Magic Treehouse series for middle readers; and C.S. Lewis, Lemony Snicket, Percy Jackson and Harry Potter for older kids. Subjects include fiction and non-fiction, comic and graphic novels, history, humor, mystery and suspense, picture books, science and nature, science fiction and fantasy, and sports and health. The new site also allows searches according to interest or reading levels. For help deciding what level is correct for your child, visit this help page.
Library eBooks are compatible for downloading on most eReaders, tablets and mobile devices running the free Kindle app, as well as smartphones, iOS and Android devices. Using their Library card, patrons may download up to 25 items at a time for loan periods ranging from 7 to 21 days or access items from their browser.