Youth: School-age Kids
Get a Library Card
Children aged five and older can register for their own library card! A parent or legal guardian must show proof of residency and sign for financial responsibility. Even if you don’t live in Center Township, your child can get a card as long as they attend school at Centerville-Abington Schools. Learn more here.
We have a large selection of picture books, beginning readers, children’s fiction, graphic novels, nonfiction, as well as magazines and movies. Kids can also access e-books and digital audiobooks through Overdrive/Libby or Hoopla.
Participate in Programs
We offer various youth and family programs throughout the year, like LEGO Club, Storytimes, arts & crafts, STEM programs, book clubs, and the annual Summer Reading Program. Stay tuned to our event calendar for our latest offerings.
And check out our STEAM Activity Kits that can be checked out with your library card!
Find a “Just Right” Book
- Have your child choose a book they would like to read.
- Choose a random page in the middle.
- Ask your child to read the text and hold up one finger for each word they can’t read or don’t understand.
- When done, if they have only one or no finger up, the book is an easy read. Let them read that book for fun, but keep looking if you want something a bit more challenging.
- If they have four or five fingers up, the book is probably too challenging to read on their own. That’s ok! If your child is interested in that book, try reading it aloud to them or taking turns reading with them and answering questions. This will help your child advance to higher reading levels.
- If they have two or three fingers up, the book is “just right” for independent reading.
The local public elementary school uses the Accelerated Reader (AR) program, so we include that information in our library books to assist families in selecting materials that can be used for school work. Our beginning reader, juvenile fiction, and juvenile nonfiction books have AR spine labels, and most of our other books have AR information written in the back. We encourage families to also choose some “just for fun” books outside school reading levels because choice is a strong motivator for young readers, and many fantastic children’s books exist that are not leveled in the AR system.
If you need help determining the AR level of a book, you can always ask one of our library staff members for assistance or visit arbookfind.com.
Unattended Child Policy
All children under the age of 10 must have a parent or adult guardian accompany them at all times while using the library.
Parent & Student Resources
- INSPIRE: Indiana’s Virtual Online Library
- eBook K-8 Collection
Currently with over 15,000 titles, this e-book collection supports a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subject areas taught in elementary and middle schools. It’s an effective way to provide educators with full-text e-books to support their curricula.
- Explora for Elementary Schools
A student interface designed for use in kindergarten through grade 5 with a focus on the arts, literature, biography, current events, geography, culture, health, history, math, science and more.
- Explora for Middle Schools
A student interface designed for use in grades 6 through 8 with a focus on the arts, literature, biography, current events, geography and culture, health, history, math, science and more.
- Primary Search
Contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned reading level indicators (Lexiles). Additionally, Primary Search includes the Encyclopedia of Animals™, and features the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, which provides students with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. This database also provides the American Heritage Children’s Dictionary and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.
- eBook K-8 Collection
- LearningExpress: School Center
Elementary Math and English Language Arts Skill Improvement.
- Science Fair Resources
Free resources and guidebooks for science fairs. Recommended for students grades 3–8.
Developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.
Reading Leveling Systems
Book Lists and Other Resources
- PBS Kids
Videos and games for kids
- PBS Parents
Get age-by-age activities, tips, advice, and stories to help your child learn and grow.
- Read Brightly
Find book lists and articles by age group.
- Scholastic Parents
Find book lists and activities by age, as well as helpful parenting articles, provided by the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books.
- Young Hoosier Book Awards
The Young Hoosier Book Award Program encourages self-selected reading among elementary and middle school/junior high school children.