Youth & Family Resources

Library Sponsored:

Beanstack

Our popular programs, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (for children from birth to age 5) and Family Read Aloud Challenge are now online! Visit pocolibrary.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack Tracker app to register.

Family Book Breaks

Join us @ 10:30am each weekday for a storytime hosted by one of your local librarians. We'll bring your public library to you! Please join the Portage County Public Library Storytimes group to enjoy these live family events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/767129597364751. #PCPLBookBreak

Learning Labs

Call 715-346-1549 or your preferred branch location to reserve these grab-n-go kits today! First come, first served, while supplies last, to be picked up via curbside service or at the Youth Services desk.

Learning Lab:

PCPL Talks Books

Dungeons & Dragons: Young Adventurer's Collection by Jim Zub

Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Middle Grade Spine-Tinglers

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Stand-Out YA Horror Novels

Wonder Woman Graphic Novels

Storytime Scavenger Hunts

 

We are excited to bring you a new way to enjoy storytime from home. Follow the links for a Storytime Scavenger Hunt!

Oceans:   https://forms.gle/8ghjZ5DzqrMTfWkw8

Food:   https://forms.gle/4j2Y7m9YUge33ipG8

Bears:  https://forms.gle/fkRYLMqVwqZoSS9j6

Gators & Crocs:  https://forms.gle/ivEke1FhF2iRaTNeA

Space:  https://forms.gle/EfwTuzt1A6bSMi3y5

Chicks & Eggs:  https://forms.gle/M8kKWxUvkW1iGTur9

Cats: https://forms.gle/ruyio9YekrmGJMg86

Trucks:  https://forms.gle/nmAoSE1miPLvQouU6

Monsters:  https://forms.gle/js3SusKftqbGuepk9

Unicorns:  https://forms.gle/xQghz2w68nCJXxJ28

Books:  https://forms.gle/kyuksgX6p1hsxAcE6

Gardens:  https://forms.gle/ag2q2Hh9TWiTq1RP8

Dinosaurs:  https://forms.gle/7FA854u6weKboPnTA

Frogs:  https://forms.gle/Td2pEsCzuDLLfY8U8

Pumpkins & Halloween: https://forms.gle/JY8qbqRWLfcVXBpw8

Give Thanks: https://forms.gle/aXngR1xJVfFAtT6F7

Teen Lit Loot

   

Who?      Teens in grades 6-12.

What?     A personalized book subscription bag with a new theme each month.

Why?      To receive a custom-selected book checked out on your library card

                & surprise themed goodies!

Where?   Portage County Public Library – Youth Services

How?      Register for a subscription bag by clicking on the themes listed below.

Registration is open for the following themes:

(Registration for each new themed loot bag will begin on the 1st of every month.

After registering you will be contacted when your loot is ready for pick up!)

January: Fired Up

Teen Online Gaming

Teen Online Gaming program for teens currently in grades 6-12! Every Thursday from 4:00 – 5:30pm, the library hosts a Zoom event where teens can get together to chat, play a different game each week, and have a good time. If you are interested in registering for all future Teen Online Gaming events, please call the Youth Services department at 715-346-1549 for more information.

 

Online Resources:

Bookmarks | Netflix

Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices is a live-action collection of 12 five-minute episodes featuring prominent Black celebrities and artists reading children's books from Black authors that highlight the Black experience. Visit: https://www.netflixbookmarks.com/ to view the episodes and to access links to additional resources. The videos are also available for free without subscription on the Netflix Jr. YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/NetflixJr/

Coronavirus: A book for children by: Axel Scheffler

Nosy Crow Publishing Company has released a book for children that explains the Coronavirus.

Follow this link to access the free book:https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus_ABookForChildren.pdf

KidLit at Home

KidLit At Home is styled as a "Netflix for Kid Lit." It offers a new way for parents, educators, and young readers to access the myriad online storytime, drawing and writing tutorials, STEM and STEAM video content being offered across the web by the biggest names in children's literature, all curated in one easy to use, convenient online location: https://kidlit.tv/KidLitAtHome.

Novel Effect App

Your voice. Your books. Not the same old storytime.

Music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice as you read your favorite titles together. Promote language development, increase engagement, and make storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) https://noveleffect.com/

PBS Kids Talk About: Race & Racism

PBS KIDS announced a new special, “PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism,” which premiered on October 9. The half-hour program features authentic conversations between real children and their parents, and includes content from PBS KIDS series DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, ARTHUR and XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM. The show features kids and their parents talking about race and racial justice-related topics in an age-appropriate way, such as noticing differences in race, understanding what racism can look like, and embracing the role we all have to play in standing up for ourselves and each other -- offering viewers ideas to build on as they continue these important conversations at home. The program can be view on the PBS Kids YouTube channel.

Schmeeckle Reserve Nature Programs

Schmeeckle Reserve is offering its Spring Nature Program Series in an online virtual format. Click on the title links to access the entire video collection.

Family Nature Programs: These 20-30 minute family-friendly programs are created for all ages. Explore a variety of nature-themed topics to inspire your outdoor adventures.

Preschool Discovery Programs: These 15-20 minute fun programs are created for children ages 3-6. Join our naturalists with songs, stories, and activities related to things you can see in Schmeeckle Reserve.