GUIDE - Early Childhood Development at Stark Library
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. We know that good habits are formed early, so we make it our goal to help the youngest members in our community get off to a good start!
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
Ready Rosie is a convenient digital subscription that provides activities for adults to do with children birth through grade 5. The activities are simple and are modeled in a two minute video sent via email or SMS text message. Registration is free for any Stark Library cardholder.
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 Center for Early Literacy Learning
- Reach Out and Read
- Zero to Three
- Get Ready to Read
- Your local branch of the Stark Library
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.
Homework can be tough, but we’re here to help! Visit any of the links below to find easy-to-use and digest information on thousands of subjects including language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and so much more. Not finding what you need? Simply use the search bar at the top of the page to access or endless and FREE resources here at Stark Library.
NOTE: Make sure to have your library card number first so you can sign in.
Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art & music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.
World Book for Kids
The World Book encyclopedia designed to help with school or personal research
Science Reference Center
Designed to meet every student's science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.
Middle Search Plus
Provides articles from magazines covering general topics for late elementary, middle, and junior high students.
World Book Spanish Online - The redesigned Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is the optimal beginner’s Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.