Welcome to the Children's Room!
Located on the Second Floor


About the Children's Room

The Children's Library provides access to quality early educational programming year round. This 21st century learning space for children and caregivers combines traditional library service with STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math), early literacy and other activities.

  • Offers customized learning experiences for early learners, elementary learners and tweens.
  • Features materials, computers, events and much more for kids through sixth grade.
  • Provides an opportunity for children to experience the enjoyment of reading and the excitement of discovering knowledge and works of the imagination by providing a wide range of materials and activities.
  • Children and their care providers learn how to make the best use of a library and how to develop skills in the use of printed and electronic media.

The Children’s Library Services Staff has the responsibility to support the process of learning to read, and to promote books and other media for children by providing special events for children, such as storytelling and activities related to the library’s services and resources.

We invite you to explore this exciting space!

Summer Reading 2022

Register and join the fun!

Children’s Department Summer Programs

July 5th  August 5th 2022

Registration Kick-Off Party   Friday, July 1st 10:00am - 3:00pm

Come register for our summer programs and have some ice-cream (12pm), play games (10am-3pm), interact with Learn in Motion (11am-12pm), and meet the Springfield Thunderbirds mascot (12pm).

Independent Reading Program

Children can sign-up to receive a reading log at the start of our program to keep track of the time they spend reading each week. Every Friday, from July 8th until August 5th, children can bring in their completed log to receive a small weekly incentive.

Online tracking is also available at https://holyokelibrary.beanstack.com/

Come all summer for Story Times, Game Days, STEAM fun, Craft Days and more! Check out our Flyer with all of the information. Get the Spanish Flyer here.

Also come for the Fun Shows!

Mike Bent’s Abrakidabra! Magic Show

Wednesday, July 6th at 1:00pm in our Community Room

“Adventure Is Out There” uses fun, interactive magic to spark young readers’ imaginations, taking them off the beaten path to exciting summer reading adventures. It will leave them wanting S’more!

Learn In Motion

Wednesday, July 20th at 1:00pm outside the Library

Come and join us for some fun outdoor games and activities. Bring the whole family and have a ball!

Paper Heart Puppet Show “I Love Tacos”

Wednesday, July 27th at 1:00 in our Community Room

Join White Nosed Coati and a cast of amazing Mexican wildlife in three original stories celebrating tacos and the place they were created. Each story is packed with exuberant humor, and colorful characters. So get ready for magical Quetzal birds, taco monsters and the mystery of the volcano rabbit and his ultimate salsa!

Wildlife Encounters Ecology & Wellness Center “Junior Zookeeper Encounter”

Wednesday, August 3rd at 1:00pm in our Community Room

Calling all animal lovers! Join us for a fun and educational interactive program that brings the zoo to the library.

Programas de Verano

Programas de verano para niños de la Biblioteca Pública de Holyoke:

5 de Julio – 5 de Agosto de 2022

Fiesta de lanzamiento de julio

Únase a nosotros para helados, juegos, aprender en movimiento y la Mascota de Springfield Thunderbird.

Programa de Lectura Independiente

Los niños pueden inscribirse para recibir un registro de lectura al comienzo de nuestro programa para realizar un seguimiento del tiempo que pasan leyendo cada semana. Todos los viernes, desde el 8 de julio hasta el 5 de agosto. Semanalmente, los niños pueden traer su registro completo para recibir un pequeño incentivo. El seguimiento en línea también está disponible en https://holyokelibrary.beanstack.com/

Tiempos de cuentos

Todas las edades – martes 5, 12, 19, 26 de julio y 2 de agosto a las 11:00 a.m.

Todas las edades – jueves 7, 14, 21, 28 de julio y 4 de agosto a las 2:00 p.m.

Bebés (0 – 1 años) – jueves 7, 14, 21, 28 de julio y 4 de agosto a las 11:00 a.m.

Actividad STEAM

Grados K-6– martes 5 de julio, 19 y 2 de agosto a las 2:00 p.m.

Diviértete durante una hora de juegos/actividades educativas relacionadas con (S)ciencia, (T)tecnología, (E)ingeniería, (A)artes y (M)matemáticas

Días de juego

Todas las edades: viernes 8, 15, 22, 29 de julio y 5 de agosto a las 11:00 a.m.

¿Buscas combatir el calor? Ven a jugar algunos juegos de mesa y disfruta del aire acondicionado.

Días de manualidades

Todas las edades: lunes 11, 18, 25 de julio y 1 de agosto a las 11:00 a.m.

Los suministros son limitados, así que regístrese con anticipación para cada sesión.

Bailar cantar

Niños pequeños: martes 12 y 26 de julio a las 2:00 p.m.

Los niños pequeños están invitados a unirse a nosotros para cantar, aplaudir, reír y moverse.

¡Abrakidabra con Mike Bent! Espectáculo de magia

Miércoles 6 de julio a la 1:00 p. m. en nuestra Sala Comunitaria

“Adventure Is Out There” usa magia divertida e interactiva para despertar la imaginación de los jóvenes lectores, llevándolos fuera del camino trillado hacia emocionantes aventuras de lectura de verano. ¡Los dejará con ganas de S'more!

Learn In Motion

Miércoles 20 de julio a la 1:00 p. m. fuera de la biblioteca

Ven y únete a nosotros para disfrutar de divertidos juegos y actividades al aire libre. ¡Trae a toda la familia y diviértete!

Espectáculo de marionetas con Paper Heart Puppet “Me encantan los tacos”

Miércoles 27 de julio a las 1:00 en nuestra Sala Comunitaria

Únase al Coati de nariz blanca y a un elenco de la increíble vida silvestre mexicana en tres historias originales que celebran los tacos y el lugar donde fueron creados. Cada historia está llena de humor exuberante y personajes coloridos. ¡Así que prepárate para los pájaros mágicos de Quetzal, los monstruos de taco y el misterio del conejo volcán y su salsa definitiva!

Encuentros con la Vida Silvestre y Centro de Bienestar

"Encuentro con Cuidador Menor del Zoológicos”

Miércoles 3 de agosto a la 1:00 p.m. en nuestra Sala Comunitaria

¡Llamando a todos los amantes de los animales! Únase a nosotros para un programa interactivo divertido y educativo que lleva el zoológico a la biblioteca.

June Storytimes

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Subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates from our children's room, including programs, crafts, and new displays.

Click here to join.

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

We post Storytimes in English and Español along with other fun content.

View our channel here.


Listen to children's stories by dialing 413-420-5600


Tiempo de Cuentos en Español con Carlos


The Children's Room is very excited to announce our new video series, Tiempo de Cuentos en Español! Join Carlos as he reads some of our favorite stories in Spanish, starting with El lobezno perdido by Rachel Bright. 

Check out the first video here and keep an eye out for future uploads!



Online Story Time


Join us for Online Story Time, where we read books, sing fun songs, and more!

Check out all of our Story Time videos here.




Free Online Resources for Kids



The Just for Kids Streaming Collection for public libraries gives children—and their parents—a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform they can freely explore and enjoy. Just for Kids has the educational videos children want to watch—Sesame Street, The Electric Company, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, and thousands more—plus songs, games, and other interactives that are sure to entertain, educate, and inspire young minds! 

Check it out for free HERE!



The Mailbox School & District is packed with 52,000+ fun and engaging ideas, activities, and worksheets that help inspire imaginations!

Check it out for free HERE!


The World Almanac for Kids includes exclusive online-only material as well as content from award-winning The World Almanac, Chelsea House, and Facts On File sets and series! Each topic area provides resources for homework, reports, and projects, and all kids can explore age-appropriate subjects while developing online research skills with a trusted content source.
Check it out for free HERE!
Use this website to work on literacy with your child.

Browse grade-level material for math, literacy, academic games and so much more!

Read stories and enjoy their math arcade!

20 Really Cool and Useful Websites for Kids

60 of the Best STEAM Apps Teachers Love - WeAreTeachers

Top 7 Science Websites for Kids


Online Resources


  For Parents and Care Givers -- Caregivers are encouraged to have their children use the library from an early age, as this will make them more likely to remain users in future years. (Coming Soon!)




  For Educators and Groups –
        ·Online Resources
        ·Assignment Alert Package -- (Coming Soon!)




 School Center -- Skill-building resources for classroom and homework success.

 Homework Resources – Online Reference Resources


Math & ELA MCAS Assessment Practice Program

Elementary School -- Math and English Language Art Skills Improvement

Middle School -- Math, English Language Art, Social Studies Skills Improvement & High School Entrance Exams Preparation

High School -- Math, English Language Art, Social Studies, Science, Technology and Logic & Reasoning Skills Improvement


Educational Resources

Gale in Context (Elementary)
Learn about animals, plants, music science, sports, and more!

Britannica Fundamentals
Activities, games, videos, and more!

Britannica Library Children
Comprehensive encyclopedia with dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, and more.

Britannica Escolar
Enciclopedia en Español
Encyclopedia Britannica in Spanish

Gale in Context (Middle School)
Academic articles, images, topic selections, and more for middle schoolers.

Gale in Context Biography
Biographical and contextual information on notable people throughout history.

At the present time, the Holyoke Public Library does not offer tutoring for children. Please ask your child’s teacher about tutoring options available through the School Department.


  BookFlix – an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.





  Miss Humblebee's Academy – an award-winning, online curriculum for children preschool through kindergarten. The curriculum lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning success. The curriculum is theme based and fully interactive with sound cues.