Youth Services – Children
Events for Children and Families:
Youth Services News
First Annual Graphic Novel Contest
Huntingdon Valley Library’s new Graphic Novel Contest began on February 1. Students in grades 3-8 are invited to create their own graphic novel and submit it for a prize. Accompanying Beanstack challenge provides guidance on how to make a graphic novel and includes a checklist to make sure that your graphic novel follows all of the contest rules/guidelines. Submissions will be due on April 2. More details found here.
Spring Events for Children
Visit the Library and pick up a PAAS egg decorating kit, courtesy of Lower Moreland Township! Pickups begin on Monday, March 22, and will be available Saturday, April 3 or until supplies last.
Kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited to ONE kit per household, but have no fear, since you can decorate many eggs with one kit! (Eggs not provided.)
Sponsored by Lower Moreland Township.
Take a stroll through a fairy tale! Discover the story of The Snail and the Frog (adapted from The Tortoise and the Hare). This interactive outdoor story experience, including the story adaptation and all story images, was created by members of Huntingdon Valley Library’s Teen Advisory Board.
Available the week of April 26-May 2
Lower Moreland Park (enter the park from Warfield Drive in Huntingdon Valley)
This story experience is likely to appeal most to toddlers through 2nd graders, but it is recommended for patrons of all ages. The story pages will be posted along a 1/2-mile long, flat, paved path around Lower Moreland Park.
Join us via Zoom and Kahoot to compete against other families in our live trivia events! Registration is required for all events. All ages welcome.
Kid Kits contain materials and instructions for a creative at-home project.
Supplies are limited and separate registration is required for each kit. Online registration will be available a month ahead of time.
Please note: Pick-ups are only available during the week listed.
- Craft – Butterfly Suncatcher Wind Chimes – FULL
Week of March 8-14
Recommended for children in grades K-5.
- Craft – Clothespin Crafts – FULL
Week of April 5-11
Recommended for preschoolers-2nd graders.
- STEM – Oil Spill Clean-Up Activity
Week of April 19-25
Recommended for students in grades K-5.
- STEAM – Color & Plant Flower Pot
Week of May 10-16
Recommended for preschoolers-5th graders.
Sponsored by the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.
Join our Youth Services staff for themed Storytimes featuring stories, songs, and movement activities to encourage pre-reading skills.
Weekly on Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Spring Session: March 24-April 28
Bounce & Rhyme Babytime
Join Miss Vanessa for these lapsit Storytimes featuring songs, rhymes, movement, and books for the youngest library patrons.
Bi-Weekly on Fridays at 10:30 am
March 12 & 26, April 9 & 23
Resources for Tough Topics
Please visit our resource page for information and support in educating yourself about topics that can be difficult to discuss, such as racism, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health, and domestic violence.
Book Recommendations for Children
Picture Book Biographies in Honor of Women’s History Month – March 25, 2021
Middle Grade Juvenile Fantasy Books with Black Protagonists – February 25, 2021 – In honor of Black History Month
Travel Using Juvenile Non-Fiction Books – February 5, 2021 – Use these non-fiction travel books to take a journey and build your bucket lists!
Spooky Middle Grade Books – October 23, 2020
E-Resources for Families
Although the library is open for limited browsing again, many people are still staying at home. Written toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our webpost on Resources for Families During Library Closure includes e-Resources for kids and links to helpful articles and activities.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program is a national initiative to promote early literacy skills for children from birth to age five.
Research indicates that the more children hear books read to them, the better prepared they are to learn to read in Kindergarten. When you participate, your child will be able to track their reading progress and receive prizes and encouragement.
Read our post about participating in this Challenge from home.
eResources for Kids
With your library card, explore these online research resources for kids and young teens.
Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource for grades pre-K-3 that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to help build a love of reading and learning. With TrueFlix, learn about people, places, nature, history, and science from videos and eBooks. Weston Woods and Scholastic.
TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.