Especially for Kids

Three Apples Book Award 2014

The 2014 3 Apples Book Award List of Finalists for the Children’s Choice Award is now available. Print it out at:

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Children are encouraged to visit their local public or school library and READ! READ! READ! Many of the books on this list are available at CEFLS member libraries in print, audio and ebook format. Each child must read or listen to a minimum of three books on the list of 15 finalists in order to vote in April.

Check out the 3Apples Book Award web site at for details.

Let’s get reading!

Summer Reading 2014

January Update

Happy New Year! 2014 is here and it’s time to “Think Summer Reading”. This year’s theme for children is Fizz! Boom! Read! Teens readers will “Spark a Reaction.”

The New York State Library is pleased to announce the 2014 School Library Partner Manual and the 2014 Early Literacy Partner Manual: A Resource for Childcare Providers. The 2014 School Library Partner Manual contains complete information for school libraries and schools to partner with a public library, or public library system, to help all students gain the full advantage of summer reading. It also includes full resource lists for books, recordings, and websites related to the 2014 theme, Science, and slogan, “Fizz! Boom! Read!

The 2014 Early Literacy Partner Manual: A Resource for Childcare Providers contains complete information that child care providers and schools can use to partner with a public library, or public library system to help children and young families gain the early literacy skills needed for children to succeed in school in the years ahead. It also has early literacy resource lists for books, recordings, and websites.

These partner manuals can be downloaded from the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website, Just click on “Downloadable Materials” and scroll to the bottom of the page. Also available on this page are other promotional materials, such as flyers and brochures, which can be used to promote summer reading.

The New York State Library’s Summer Reading page contains information and links for librarians, educators and other professionals on summer reading, summer reading research, and the Summer Reading at New York Libraries program. Check it out at:

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Be sure to check back in February for the 2014 updates to the four Explore NY reading lists and bookmarks, which explore the history, diversity, and culture of New York State.

Common Core Resources Engage is developed by the New York State Education Department and is the official web site for current materials and resources related to the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. This comprehensive site describes itself as reflecting “the most current materials and resources available for educators”. It also includes parent and family resources. “Common Core and New York Libraries” page maintained by the New York State Library

More Common Core Resources for Libraries include:

Library Events

There are lots of good programs for children in public libraries in our area! Check them out on our calendar!

New Books, Audios and Videos for Kids

We publish a monthly list of the new titles for kids in all CEFLS libraries. Depending on the item, you may be able to request it from the online catalog for delivery to your local library.

Try the Kid's Catalog!

This picture-based kid's catalog makes it fun to search for kids' books, audios and videos.

Downloadable Audiobooks for Kids

Our downloadable audiobooks recently added iPod compatible titles, and there are many good titles for children. To see what's available, click here to open a new search window.   To find out more about downloadable audiobooks, visit our how-to page.

Downloadable Ebooks for Kids

Many of our downloadable ebooks are great for children, and can be read on computers, ereaders and tablets. To see what's available, click here to open a new search window.  

Courtesy of Bonner Springs Library

Photo courtesy of Bonner Springs Library

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is  an accessible ear” – Maya Angelou


Thanks to a generous donation from Community Bank, CEFLS has purchased a collection of great titles that kids can read to dogs!  We’ve selected high interest titles for readers in grades K-6.  All titles have been added to our online catalog and are available for loan as individual titles or as a set.  For a list of available titles click here.

Why Dogs?

Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears.  Animals are ideal reading companions because they:

  • Help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure

  • Listen attentively

  • Do not judge, laugh or criticize

  • Allow children to proceed at their own pace

  •  Are less intimidating than peers

    Photo courtesy of Fairfax Library Foundation


Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Get training packets and everything you need to get started with a dog therapy program at this site.  The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy mentors.

Therapy Dogs, Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Activities Links

Summer Reading is Here!


Visit the Summer Reading Page for more information.

Youth Services Buzz Spring 2012



Parents and Kids:

Check out this important safety resource!

Find summer reading events and programs for children and teens:

Homework Help

Here are some links that may help with homework! And don't forget to try Britannica Kids - an encyclopedia with a dictionary, maps, videos and tools to help you write a good research paper.  You can find it here, enter your barcode number from your library card and look for the "Jump to EB Kids" link in the upper right.

Resources for Parents

Click here for some great resources, such as links on web-safety for kids, and parenting links.

Resources for Libraries

On this page you'll find some resources for planning programs and services for kids at the library.