Children’s resources

View Stirling Libraries entertainment services available for kids using your library membership.

Minecraft

Librarycraft

Minecraft is a ‘sandbox’ game offering players almost limitless possibilities in an almost limitless world. Stirling Libraries have now joined with City of Fremantle, and other public libraries to offer Librarycraft, a safe, secure, moderated online environment for Minecraft players aged 7 - 17.

There are weekly competitions and prizes, but players also:

  • Strengthen their social, creativity and teamwork skills whilst learning to solve problems together
  • Learn about resource management and basic economics through the in-built Economy system
  • Build on all of the STEAM skills, science, engineering and maths with coding and redstone creations.

See the LibraryCraft world here, and head to LibraryCraft to join.

Busythings

Busythings is an online resource for the early years that includes 115+ fun learning activities that help children learn important skills in the key learning areas of creative development, problem solving, reasoning, numeracy, communication, language & literacy and understanding of the world.

To access the catalogue, please visit the Busythings website.

The Busythings subscription is provided through Better Beginnings, supporting families in sharing a love of reading.

Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids

Whether it’s frogs or physics, gardening or geography, Britannica covers it all, and for all ages. With three encyclopedias in one, you can choose the content that is at your reading, age and research level from the home page.

Start your research today with Encyclopedia Britannica.

 Encyclopedia Britannica

Era Books

Era books provides a world of books, games and activities for children to improve reading, writing and comprehension skills.

With over 1,400 educational books, exercises and learning guides created by educators and supported by childhood literacy research.

Specialising in decodable readers this online resource is perfect for early primary school aged children.

To access the collection, please visit the Era Books Online website. Login using your library card barcode number and enjoy!

hoopla

hoopla is a digital media service that allows library members to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows. Online or through an app, hoopla delivers a catalogue of over 900,000+ titles that are available to be streamed or downloaded immediately - no holds or wait time.

Loan information

  • Borrow up to 6 instant borrows per month
  • Loan period differs according the format borrowed
    • 21 Days for eBooks, eAudio, eComics and Graphic Novels
    • 7 days for Music
    • 3 days for Movies and TV episodes.
  • Library card number and an email address is needed to create an account.

hoopla Tutorial

To access hoopla on your mobile device or tablet, download the hoopla App from either the App Store or Google Play.

To view the catalogue and reserve books online, please visit the Hoopla website.

Kanopy Kids

Kanopy Kids offers an on-demand video streaming service for children aged preschool and up: A curated selection of educational and enriching videos with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media™. 

Categories include TV Series, Learning Languages, Animated Storybooks, Anime and Movies for the whole family.  

How to use: 

  • To access Kanopy Kids, first login to your Kanopy account
  • Click on the 'KIDS' button on the top right side of the page.

Extra parental controls are available through Kanopy Kids, allowing parents to restrict access to the main Kanopy catalogue for younger viewers. 

Kanopy tutorial

To start watching, visit the Kanopy website.

KidSpeak - Transparent Languages Online

KidSpeak is designed so children can explore, play and learn languages at home or on the go.  KidSpeak has engaging learning activities to teach children French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin or English.

How to use: 

  • You will need to log in and register to create an account      
  • Click the KidSpeak option in the top navigation bar of your chosen language
  • Only available through a web browser (no mobile app available)
  • Parental guide available to assist with learning.

For more information, please visit the Transparent Language website.

LOTE Online for Kids

LOTE Online for Kids allows kids to enjoy the magic of picture books in various languages alongside English translations, helping to develop reading and listening skills.  Over 65+ languages including Arabic, Cantonese, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Mandarin, Farsi, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Vietnamese and Urdu to support culturally and linguistically diverse families. Lote4Kids also contains picture books in Auslan.

To access the catalogue, please visit the LOTE Online for Kids website. Login using your library card barcode number, select a language and enjoy a story!

 

OverDrive for Kids

The OverDrive eReading Room is just for kids and provide a safe online experience.  Kids can browse, sample, place holds and borrow eBooks appropriate for their age range and reading level.

To view the catalogue, please visit the OverDrive for Kids website.

Good Reading for Kids

Good Reading for Kids features author interviews, independent book reviews, sneak peeks inside books, extracts and podcasts about books for kids from 0-11 years of age. You'll also find fun book related activities and teachers' notes to download.

Read this online visit the Good Reading for Kids website.

Story Box for Kids

Story Box Library features engaging online Australian stories read by some of Australia's finest storytellers. It is a great resource that is convenient and simple to use. Content is streamed with no advertising, allowing children to focus on the storytelling (when logging in please choose State Library of Western Australia).

To access the catalogue, please visit the Story Box website.

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