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Children's Services

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Meet for a Play Date or simply come by and Enjoy What is Offered at YOUR Library! The children's area includes fun kid-sized furniture for your children to relax on and enjoy a good book; various pretend play items such as a kitchen, grocery store, playhouse, train/Lego table, puzzles, building blocks, learning walls, dress up closet, puppet theater, slide, seesaw, craft table, and more are switched out periodically throughout the year so there is always something new for your kiddos to enjoy.
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Designed for Preschool through 5th Grade; Educate Station content is created by a team of experienced and passionate educators from across the United States. These educators bring vast subject-matter expertise, teaching credentials, and many years of experience as classroom teachers and curriculum developers. Through the content created, this learning database provides ready-to-use, hands-on activities for kids to do at home or at school.

Scholastic Teachables Button - a user friendly education database with 30,000+ resources available to you at NO COST and they are copyright free. Simply logon with your library card number and set your kiddos up for educational success. Learn at the library or from the comfort of your own home. Download more information!

Scholastic Bookflix Button - a digital platform "Where Stories Come Alive" - view books about animals, nature, earth, sky, people, places, ABCs, 123s, family, community, music, rhyme, adventure, celebrations, and imagination. Thematically paired fiction and nonfiction titles designed to bridge the learning-to-read and reading-to-learn mission. Download more information!
Weston Woods Plus eBooks for Kids - Now streaming through your local library. All you need is a library card. 

  • Brings the best picture books in children's literature to life!
  • Provides the highest-quality learning tools to enhance literacy experiences
  • Supports all learners with joyful literacy experiences
  • Enhances story time in school or the library for children and their families
  • Instills a lifelong love of books and reading
  • Study Guides available to accompany books

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder Button - What is it? Accelerated Reading, or commonly referred to as "AR" is used in many public and private schools. AR helps teachers track a student's independent practice and progress with reading. THE TESTING PORTION OF THIS PROGRAM IS NOT AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES; however, we at the Carl and Mary Welhausen Library help support the curriculum. A large portion of the books located in the downstairs area of the library are eligible under this program and marked inside the front cover. Your child will most probably know what level they are on; if not, their teacher will have this information. The books that are not marked or that have AR with a line through them simply means at the time the book was cataloged into our system, it was not eligible. We highly encourage you to utilize this tool to look each of them up before making the decision to not check them out. Staff is also more than happy to check into it for you.

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- FREE access at the Library! 9,000+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning tools. Designed for ages 2-8+. Made possible through Age of Learning. this is NOT accessible for free outside of the library as it tracks the IP addresses of the library.