Cool Stuff for Kids

Summer Reading Challenge 2021

Get ready for Wild World Heroes, arriving at East Riding Libraries. Pack your binoculars and your books; we're headed for Wilderville... It's already a pretty cool place, but there are lots of things that the Wild World Heroes can do to make their town even better for the people and animals that live there. Join them for the Summer Reading Challenge 2021 and discover how you can make a difference to the environment too.

Go to Summer Reading Challenge page

Learn to code

Create anything from robots to musical instruments with the Micro:bit. Fun for kids and adults alike, you can borrow a Micro:bit from East Riding Libraries for free. It's perfect for beginners to get into coding.

For more information, tutorials and inspiring projects to get you started, visit Microbit.org

What can I do with a Micro:bit?
The Micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer. It's plug and play software means you can get coding and build games as soon as you get it home. The device has buttons, an accelerometer (meaning it knows when you tilt or shake it) and a five by five grid of LED lights which can be used to spell words, make shapes and more.

To code, you can use blocks, javascript or python. If that means no more than lego, coffee and snakes to you, don't worry! There's plenty of instructions to help build your knowledge and confidence from scratch.
What will I need to use one?
To use the Micro:bit you will need:
  • A laptop or computer with USB entry (must be Windows 7 or later, or Mac OS X 10.6 or later) or a Bluetooth enabled smartphone or tablet
  • Access to the internet
  • Plenty of imagination!
The Micro:bit kit from the library will come with:
  • An A4 double side printed instructions
  • A battery pack with two AAA batteries
  • A USB to micro-USB cable
  • A Micro:bit
Please note: Parental supervision required for children under 8 years old. Not suitable for children under 3 years old due to small parts.

How to borrow a Micro:bit

Simply visit the Library catalogue and reserve a Micro:bit for collection from your local library.

Reserve a Micro:bit

Coronavirus: A book for children

This book produced by Nosy Crow Publishers and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, explains the Coronavirus to children. The book has been made freely available for parents and children to download.

Download

Resources Fun things to do, learn and try

Better Health
From eating and exercising with Joe Wicks, to sparking joy with Marie Kondo, explore our collection of better health and wellbeing books

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Brittanica Junior
Explore easy to use and find, trusted information - perfect for researching school topics. Log in for free with your library card

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Audiobooks
Let someone else read a story; hundreds of childrens audiobooks free to download here

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eBooks
Browse our range of childrens eBooks, all free to download with your library card.

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Countdown Maths
Countdown for Kids! Maths made fun

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Booktrust HomeTime Cupboard
Book readings, drawing videos, games, quizzes and many other book-related activities from Authors and Illustrators

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Lego Bits and Bricks
Bit the adventurous LEGO® robot needs your help! Can you tell Bit what to do? Simple coding games using LEGO images to help children learn whilst having fun.

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National Geographic
A wide variety of engaging teaching ideas & resources supporting core subjects & linked to the National Curriculum

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Reading Well
Books for children, young people and adults to support better mental health, with explanations, strategies and support to help you keep afloat in these tough times

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Safer Internet
With children using the internet more than ever before as much of their school work is carried out online, internet safety is of the utmost importance. Check out these helpful tips from the Safer Internet Centre.

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Suggested Authors
Has your child read everything by their favourite author? Get free access with your library card to 'Who Next' for suggestions of authors who write in a similar style

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Usborne Publishing: Activities for Kids
Daunted by homeschooling? Don't worry, Usborne is here to help!

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Words for Life
Free learn and play activities from 0-12 years

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