Read, Learn, & Grow!

Check out these free virtual books, audiobooks, games, and more!

                                                                  

Other Fun (and Educational) Resources for Kids:

                 

 

Student Resources

Writing a Report? Researching a Topic?

Check out these a free and easy-to-use resources, perfect for student research:

 

Explora for Elementary Ages                Explora for Middle School Ages               Science Reference Center

Upcoming Children’s Events at St. Joseph Public Library


Date: Friday, January 1
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Virtual Branch
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Program Type: Miscellaneous
Ages: Baby - Pre-K, Children

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If you miss us as much as we miss you, here is your chance to see your favorite library friends through Book-A-Librarian!

Ms. Jess from the East Hills Library and Ms. Misty from the Downtown Library will be hosting one-on-one Zoom visits upon request with local library families.

During your personalized session, children can read to their librarian, hear a story, talk about new and exciting things, introduce their pets-- whatever boost YOUR family could use during these unprecedented times.

Once we receive your family's registration request, we will call you to set up an appointment and discuss the details.

Use the form below to Book-A-Librarian today, space is limited!

 

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Date: Friday, January 1
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Virtual Branch
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Program Type: Community Events
Ages: Baby - Pre-K, Children, Teens, Adults, All Ages

Description:

From January 1st to January 31st, St. Joseph Public Library will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, “Books Like Us,” sponsored by Simon and Schuster (S&S). We challenge our patrons of all ages to read at least 1 book during the month to help us meet our community goal of 500 books read in January.  All you have to do is keep track of your reading on our Beanstack site at sjplibrary.beanstack.org. Join us and the thousands of other libraries and schools across the nation to read a target number of books.

Each reader will be eligible for a goodie from the library available for pick up in February.  You’ll also be eligible to win a prize from Simon and Schuster.  Prizes will include book collections and virtual author visits. Ten (10) winning schools or libraries will each get a collection of fifty (50) books from the “Books Like Us” collection.  When we meet our community goal, we’ll also “Pie a Librarian” live on the library’s social media channels!  If we double our goal (read 1000 books), we'll pie Mayor Bill McMurray!  Watch for progress updates every Monday on Facebook!  Happy reading, St. Joseph!

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Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 10:00am - 10:15am
Location: Virtual Branch
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Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Early Literacy, Miscellaneous, Performances
Ages: Baby - Pre-K, Children

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Grow lifelong readers with SJPL Sprouts!

Each week, Mr. Will Stuck, Edu-tainer and Storyteller, will introduce pre-reading skills, activities, and fun books for children and caregivers. 

Check out the library's SJPL Sprouts YouTube playlist

SJPL Sprouts is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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Date: Monday, January 25
Time: 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Virtual Branch
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Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Miscellaneous
Ages: Children, Teens

Description:

The St. Joseph Public Library invites older elementary children, tweens, and teens to meet up and share your poetry, writing, art, and other creative creations during our Virtual Creative Commons Zoom meet up.

Each month, we will meet to share our work as a supportive group, talk about fun projects to work on throughout the month, and socialize with other like-minded creative folks. 

Space is limited. Open to children and teens ages 9-17. Participants may upload their works to the Creative Commons shared Google Drive here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ueDi7MsZKWA2ufrj6k2eAJdpEKbNT0OH?usp=sharing

January's prompt is to create something relating to Pirates and Nautical Adventures. 

Register using the form below to receive the Zoom link for the event.

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Date: Tuesday, January 26
Time: 10:00am - 10:30am
Location: Virtual Branch
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Program Type: Storytimes
Ages: Baby - Pre-K

Description:

Virtual SJPL Reads with a friendly Youth Services Librarian!  Check out the library's YouTube channel every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. to explore different stories and activities for all ages to enjoy.

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Date: Tuesday, January 26
Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Washington Park Library
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Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Early Literacy, Storytimes
Ages: Baby - Pre-K, Children

Description:

Tricky Tuesday To Go is a weekly themed kit containing books, crafts and at-home activities hand-selected for your family! Bring home the fun of Ms. Sarah's Storytimes and Tricky Tuesday activities all in one convenient kit. 

Grab your kit each Tuesday between 2-6 p.m. at Washington Park Library using our contactless pick-up service.

Supplies are limited. Registration is required. Call Sarah at Washington Park Library to check availability. 

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Date: Wednesday, January 27
Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Location: Carnegie Library
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Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Ages: Children

Description:

Call Carnegie (816-238-0526) to schedule a pickup. Featuring fun crafts that maybe wacky for the time of year.

 

Supplies are limited. Not recommended for children under 3.

 

***photo is an example of past crafts.

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Date: Wednesday, January 27
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Virtual Branch
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Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Book Clubs/Authors
Ages: Children

Description:

Are you a mythology fan?  Do you enjoy stories about fantastic creatures and Percy Jackson?  Then join our brand new Virtual Mythology Fan Club! 

In this monthly series kids will explore classic myths from different cultures with an accompanying activity. This month's theme is:  Trickster Tales.  Registration is required to attend the Zoom meeting.

This club is intended for ages 10-14.  

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Date: Thursday, January 28
Time: 10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Virtual Branch
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Program Type: Early Literacy, Storytimes
Ages: Baby - Pre-K, Children

Description:

Join Ms. Misty and friends for a Live Zoom Storytime every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.  Please register to receive Zoom link and get ready to sing, dance, read, and have so much fun!

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