Kids

  • Beamafilm

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    Stream award-winning movies, documentaries and TV series for free! Watch Beamafilm from your TV, computer or device. Download the App from your App store to streamline your experience with enhanced functionality and speed. View our online tutorial.

  • Busy Things

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    Play our amazing, colourful and quirky online games, they are a fun way to play while learning new skills for reading, numeracy and creativity. Suitable for ages 3 to 11. Have fun!

  • Creativebug

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    Look at our fabulous new art and craft site! Sign in to Creativebug using your library card number and password, create an account, then start enjoying unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes. Watch the classes anytime, anywhere - they never expire, so you can start and stop projects at your own pace. And check out the cool Kids’ section too. Creativebug are proud to offer the latest in art and craft education. Get crafting today!

  • Era Books Online

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    Explore Era Books Online – a vast collection of over 1400 books, games and activities where children can improve their reading, writing and comprehension skills using educational books, exercises and learning guides which will support the development of English literacy skills. This free resource includes picture and phonics books; levelled, maths and science readers; sing-alongs, picture dictionaries and interactive learning activities. All you need is your library membership number to get started – give it a go today!

  • Good Reading for Kids

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    Check out Good Reading for Kids (previously PK Magazine) for primary aged kids. It's awesome! You'll find reviews for cool books, poetry, short stories and much more.

  • Hoopla Digital

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    hoopla digital allows you to borrow MOVIES, MUSIC, AUDIOBOOKS, EBOOKS, COMICS and TV SHOWS to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! Titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Download the hoopla digital App from your App Store to use on mobile devices or go to hoopladigital.co.nz to get started. There are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Audiobooks, eBooks and Comics are available for 21-day loans, Music for 7-day loans and Movies and TV Shows for 3-day loans. You may borrow up to 20 titles a month.

  • LOTE4Kids

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    LOTE4Kids is an online database (and now an App) of digital books in World Languages, that allows kids to enjoy the magic of books in LOTE (Languages Other Than English). Each book comes with English translations to help kids learn languages. LOTE4Kids has over 3000+ digital picture books in 60+ languages, with new books and languages released each month. Download the App from the App Store or Google Play today. Or go to LOTE Online for Kids, type in Timaru District Libraries, enter your library membership number and password and start enjoying the selection of books and activities.

  • Sites We Like

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    Check out these great sites for interest or entertainment - from storytelling and author's sites to sites offering activities, games, coding and learning pathways.

  • Kanopy Kids

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    Kanopy Kids has unlimited access to a wide selection of educational and entertaining content that range across movies, TV Series, animated storybooks, live action and animated favourites for children of all ages. You need a Kanopy account to access Kanopy Kids, and a parent or guardian must create the account.

  • Homework Help

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    Try AnyQuestions for real time, real person, real help with your schoolwork, Monday to Friday 1pm to 6pm term-time.

  • Kids' Newsletter

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    Find out what's new and what's cool with our latest newsletters. While the Picture Books newsletter offers suggestions for our 0-8 year old readers, the Kids' Books newsletter lists fun and fascinating fiction (and nonfiction) for ages 8 - 11, while Teen Scene will suit high school readers - and of course we have Tween Reads for those in between! Find our Kids Newsletter Archives here.

  • School Holiday Programme Booking Procedure

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    There is now a booking system for attending School Holiday Programmes at the Children's Library in Timaru and Geraldine Library.

  • Storytime

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    Storytimes are held at Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine Libraries. Young children and their caregivers are welcome to join the fun.