Kids

  • AudioBook Cloud

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    Listen online to audio books! There are over 1,160 books here – always available, never on hold, and no need to download. To see the list of the Children's audiobooks click on the Children link in the top bar of the website. Connect to the internet. Browse. Click. Listen. It's easy!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • LOTE Online for Kids

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    LOTE Online for Kids is an online database of digital books in World Languages, that allows kids to enjoy the magic of books in LOTE (Languages Other Than English). Each book also comes with English translations to help kids learn languages. LOTE Online for Kids has over 1200+ digital picture books in 40 languages, with new books and languages released each month. 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.

  • PK Mag

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    Check out PK Magazine for primary aged kids. It's awesome! You'll find reviews for cool books, jokes, fun facts and a chance to win stuff.

  • Prenda Code Club

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    Get coding with Prenda! Kids aged 8-18 can learn the coding skills needed to make games, websites, apps, programmes and more with easy, fun and interactive videos and exercises. No coding experience needed to get started! Students can ask us about joining our weekly in-library Prenda Code Club Meetings or they can get started right now online. You will need to sign in using your library membership number and password and first time users will also need to then create a Prenda login and password.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.