ImagineIF YouTube Channel

Join your favorite library staff for stories, songs, art projects, and science you can do at home. Find how-to videos to help you get started with ImagineIF’s online resources. Go to channel >

Hoopla Digital Media

Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Find out more >

Kids

Takeout Kits for Kids

ImagineIF Libraries is excited to unveil new educational programming for kids and teens. Due to COVID-19, in-person programs are on pause, but ImagineIF’s Youth Services team still provides hands-on learning for young people. See kids’ programming below (view Teen programs here):

Takeout Storytime Kit (ages 2-5)

Preschoolers and toddlers can pick up a Takeout Storytime Kit designed to replicate an ImagineIF Early Literacy Class at home. Kits include songs, science and art exploration, sensory activities and child development tips for caregivers. Kits are available while supplies last.

January’s Kit: Home

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Snuggle up with your little one! January’s “Home” Takeout Storytime kit contains ideas for brainy play, book suggestions, songs, and everything you need to start creating your own dollhouse together. Join Becca and Ellie for a Virtual Early Literacy Class in the Conrad Mansion and then start outfitting your miniature dwelling with itty bitty furnishings. Dramatic play and construction projects build your child’s linguistic and fine motor chops.

Download activity sheets from past Takeout Storytime kits:

Dinosaur Takeout Storytime activity sheet> 
Autumn Takeout Storytime activity sheet>
Construction Takeout Storytime activity sheet>
Under-the-Sea Takeout Storytime activity sheet>


Mini Take-home Kit (Elementary-aged)

Students in grades K-5 are invited to explore science, culture, and art through ImagineIF’s Mini Take-home Kit. Whether exploring chocolate chemistry, recreating ancient sundial technologies, or dissecting owl pellets, kids relish hands-on learning. Kits are available while supplies last.

January’s Kit: Japanese Book Binding

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Sew your own book with the Japanese Book Binding Mini! Each kit contains pre-punched art paper, covers, lacing, and everything you’ll need to create your own book. Will you fill it with paintings of splendid clouds? Pen adventure stories across its pages? Record your wild animal sightings in a naturalist’s notebook? The choice is yours!

Download activity sheets from past Takeout Storytime kits:

Sundial activity sheet>
Cat’s Cradle activity sheet>
Cat’s Cradle Microsite>
Chocolate Spoons activity sheet>


ONLINE RESOURCES FOR KIDS

Virtual Early Literacy Classes & STEAM Activities

Check out our Facebook and YouTube pages for weekly virtual Early Literacy classes and STEAM activities. Watch your favorite library staff in videos featuring stories, songs, art projects, and science you can do at home.   (ages 0-5) 

ImagineIF Facebook: www.facebook.com/imagineiflibraries
YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/ImagineIFyoutube


Social Media

Families are encouraged to stay tuned to ImagineIF’s Facebook and Instagram pages for online early literacy and youth programming. Our children’s librarians will offer play, art, sensory and STEAM ideas for families to do at home. Stay tuned for special online editions of storytimes with your favorite ImagineIF librarians!


Creativebug

Creativebug.com has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Get unlimited access by creating an account today! Just enter your library card number and email address.

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Hoopla

Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.

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TumbleMath

TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere. All in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration. The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.

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TumbleBook Library

Animated, talking picture books that teach young children the joys of reading in a format they’ll love. Use your library card to log in.
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Early learning online games and hot sites for exploring

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Popular games & activities for school aged children

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