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.

Click here to see a 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.

Check out these early literacy resources.

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten - Early learners set up for success and win prizes by reading before Kindergarten - Learn More

SPARK In-home Kindergarten Readiness Visits

Learn with Kids InfoBits - 
Discover a world of educational topics including science, technology, health, and social studies, specially tailored for kids K–5!

Reserve a Launchpad Kids Learning Tablet—The Playaway Launchpad comes preloaded with apps and games to help kids learn!

Reserve Playaway Bookpacks—Each pack includes a preloaded audiobook and 
print books for a fun read-along experience.

Reserve a NASA Pack - Discover the universe, learn about the planets, and identify constellations with fun apps, books and games.

Learn with ABC Mouse - Help your child master fundamentals in reading, math, science, art, and music in this award winning learning academy.

Reserve a Dino Pack - Explore the exciting world of dinosaurs, learn fun facts, or unfold the backpack and create your own play scene.

Reserve a Park Adventure Pack - Explore nature, identify plants and track wildlife with five different gear-filled packs.

Reserve Kindergarten Readiness Packs - Prepare for school using our subject-based packs filled with books, games, and puzzles.

Learning at Home

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.

Learning & Reading Activities

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Art Activities

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Fun activities

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Virtual Tours

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Virtual Storytimes

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Cool Things for Teens

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Books for Kids

Picture Books


Kids Books


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.

Caldecott Award Medal

Caldecott Award Medal

Caldecott Medal Winners

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

Coretta Scott King Award

Coretta Scott King Award

Coretta Scott King Award Winners

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. 

Fun, Free Resources for Parents and Children

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