- "D.W.'s Library Card"
When D.W. discovers that she can get her own library card, she rejoices at the world of books waiting for her. (Now if only she could sign her name to get the card in the first place...)
- Barney & Friends - "Books Are Fun"
Barney and his friends learn all about the joys of books and the library with a new friend, Booker T. Bookworm, the librarian. Booker T. Bookworm teaches Curtis the importance of being yourself through the wonderful world of books. The children discover how fun the library can be as each one checks out a special book. Even Barney gets to check out his own poetry book and entertains his friends with fun poems!
Do in Class
- Arthur: Arthur at the Library - Explore this downloadable guide for children's librarians. Find ideas for how to use Arthur in the library to spread the message that reading is fun and exciting and an important part of daily life.
- Arthur: Library Visit - Role-play the acts of choosing, checking out, and returning library books.
- Arthur: Playmaker: D.W. Gets Her Library Card - Print the script and props necessary to put on your own version of this story.
- Between the Lions: Destination Library - Investigate words and letters when you create your own game. Develop phonics skills as you name words with different beginning sounds.
Arthur: Arthur's Songbook: Library Card - Sing a song about visiting the library.
- Between the Lions: Flood! - Practice categorization and main idea in this library game.
- PBS Parents: Bookfinder - Find just the right books for the children in your care with this extensive search tool!
- Reading Rainbow: Sequence Game - Learn what it takes to put a book together and then play our game to see if you could make one yourself!
- Reading Rainbow: LeVar's Booklist - Check out these library books, and cast your vote.
- Stop & Go: How can Arthur get the library books back to normal? - Finish this online adventure story on your own or with help from Miguel.
- Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book
By Alexander Stadler
Published April 2002 by Silver Whistle
Beverly is thrilled when she uses her new library card to check out a book on dinosaurs, but when she forgets to return the book on time, she fears an astronomical fine or jail. Her mother and an understanding librarian reassure her that an overdue book is not a major crime.
- Goin' Someplace Special
By Patricia McKissack and Jerry Pinkney
Published September 2001 by Atheneum
Tricia Ann is bursting with excitement. She is going to Someplace Special, the Public Library, and her grandmother said she can go all by herself. Going alone is a big step for an African American girl in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s. Along the way, she encounters restricted areas and prejudice. She almost gives up, but she meets a kind soul who helps her recover her determination. This beautifully illustrated book is a poignant reminder of our not too distant past.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.