The Markham Public Library has several online resources for kids. These include the following:
OverDrive Kids eReading room is a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience just for kids. This appealing and user-friendly page contains the library’s digital collection such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, and videos. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level.
TumbleBooks are a great online resource for parents that’s easy to access, convenient, great for travel, and completely fine-free. Tumblebooks are wonderful for beginning readers and a great way to practice reading at home
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love.
Check out our downloadable eBook and audiobook collections!
All Ontarians are invited to participate in these seven reading programs via their local public or school library, encouraging people of all ages to develop their love of reading. More than 250,000 readers across Ontario participate each year. The culmination of the program is an amazing two-day awards event called the “Festival of Trees™”, attended by more than 6,500 guests and the nominated authors.
Programs for children are designed for various age ranges as follows:
Welcome teachers! We look forward to working with you to meet our shared goal of developing life long learners.
Bring Your Class to MPL
We welcome class visits. Creative and interactive programs vary from storytime programs for younger students to book talks, tours and research instruction for assignments. Programs designed to promote reading and build research skills:
Library Orientation (All Grades) - Get a tour of the library; learn about library membership, library programs, and how to get help with homework.
Project / Assignment Kick Off: Getting Started (All Grades) - We’ll put aside materials on your unit of study and teach students how to use the library to find print and electronic resources.
Our Virtual Library (Grades 3-8) - Learn how to use our catalogue to find materials and place holds and how to find electronic resources through our online databases.
We Visit Your School
Can’t come to the Library? We welcome the opportunity to visit your school to
Talk about the latest books at MPL and all the fun and exciting things that are happening.
Demonstrate MPL’s catalogue and online databases.
Participate in your school’s Family Literacy or Welcome to Kindergarten events.
Attend your staff meetings to talk about how we can work together.
Curriculum Support - 24/7 Online Resources
Use the online catalogue to find materials in many formats (books, CDs, DVDs, downloadable books and media)
Free online access to databases especially selected for kids. We’ve made it easy to use. Your students can search an individual database like World Book to find great multimedia and features like language support. Or, they can search all the kids databases at once to find articles and resources. We offer a Google-like search except safer and more accurate. See our Web Research Tips page page for more information.
Knowing how to search for information can help you with your school work. Looking for information is also part of everyday life. How much does that video game cost? How do you get to the zoo? What are the swim times at your local pool? These are questions that you can answer if you know where to look. Knowing what you are looking for, where to find it, and how to evaluate the answers you get are really important skills to learn for the present and future!
Doing research on the web? Use these tips to evaluate the website to make sure the information is reliable.
Online Research Tips
Before using information taken from a website for your homework, ask yourself these questions to make sure it’s a reliable resource for your project.
Who wrote the content of the website?
Is the author an expert on the subject?
Can you find more information about the author?
Can you contact the author?
What does the author say is the purpose of the website?
Is the information given in the website the author’s opinion or facts? Is it a joke?
Based on what you know already, is the information correct?
Can the information be confirmed from another website or book?
What other websites does the site link to?
When was the site created?
When was it updated?
Is the content current?
Why is this information useful?
Are there any references included on the website?
Why is this website better than another resource?
Where does the information come from? Where is the site hosted? (The site can be hosted by a school, a museum, the government, or a person).
Is there more information about the host of the site?
It is never too early, or too late, to help your child become a successful reader. Children who have been exposed to repeated, positive experiences with reading become much better readers and are more likely to succeed in school. Developing early literacy skills can be fun and easy - simply take the time to talk, sing, read, write and play with your child every day.
Children learn language by listening to people talk. As they hear spoken language, they learn new words and what they mean.
Singing and rhyming helps children hear the sounds that make up words.
Reading books together is the most effective way to help children get ready to read on their own.
Children learn early writing skills by drawing and scribbling.
Children experience the world through play while developing social and language skills and fine and gross motor skills.
WE CAN HELP YOU GET YOUR CHILD READY TO READ
Get the Ready to Read Library Card and start your reading journey. This card is designed for children 5 and under to encourage reading without the worry of overdue fees. Learn about the Ready to Read card
MPL's Storytime introduce your child to the wonderful world of books and reading. We’ll introduce you to great children’s books and to activities you can use at home to develop your child’s language and pre-reading skills. Find the storytime schedule .
Join 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to help prepare your child for reading. You can read books of your choice with a goal of reading 1000 books before your child begins kindergarten. If you read just one book a day you will complete the challenge in less than three years! Register for the program
Try our Staff Picks if you need help picking great books for your child. Our staff are also happy to help you find some new favourites for you to read together. Find suggestions