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kiddle, kidrex, search engines for kids?

kiddle(update: March 2, 2016 – Check the comments below for updates and additional links)

Lots of folks are sharing links to, supposedly a new kids search tool and touting it as an answer to a parent’s prayers, so to speak.

It’s not that new, the domain was registered in 2014 and the service was mentioned in some blog posts back then. But it’s getting new press this week, initially from some business magazines that should do more fact checking before they report. This tool is most definitely not some long-awaited release from Google that they describe. (more…)

Sight Words Fun and Games

Sight Words Bingo Board

Lots of fun printable games from the Sight Words website. Customizable Bingo boards, matching games, dominoes and more. Use the provided vocabularly lists for Pre-K through 3rd grade. Or use your own words to customize. is a comprehensive sequence of teaching activities, techniques, and materials for one of the building blocks of early child literacy. This collection of resources is designed to help teachers, parents, and caregivers teach a child how to read. We combine the latest literacy research with decades of teaching experience to bring you the best methods of instruction to make teaching easier, more effective, and more fun.”

(via: 6 New Educational Web Tools for Teachers)


Yay it’s National Gaming Day!

Woo hoo! It’s National Gaming Day this Saturday!

On November 14, 2009, libraries across the country will participate in the largest, simultaneous national video game tournament ever held! Kids will be able to compete against players at other libraries and track their scores while playing at their local library. In addition, libraries will be offering a variety of board games for all ages to play together. (

Is your local library participating? Check out the map of participating libraries and get your game on!

View 2009 National Gaming Day participating libraries in a larger map

Build Your Wild Self

What a fun online activity for kids (and adults!) from the New York Zoos & Aquarium.

Build Your Wild Self

Apparently I’m a Hiss-Bird! 🙂

Found this site on the ALSC blog post The Latest Additions to Great Web Sites for Kids. Lots of other fun things listed there.

Kids Create Library Promo Videos

A couple of great videos created by the kids at the Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library in Milton, NY.

In the first one the kids tell why they like the library: books, computers, hanging out with friends, lemonade!

And the second, an appeal to voters to get out and support the library budget in November.

Creative and fun! This library participated in a summer reading mini-grant project sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Library System.  The grant provided video cameras and training on editing video (full disclosure – I had great fun doing the training session). Many of the videos are now posted on the NYS Summer Reading site.

Thanks to Marilyn Fino of the Milton Library for sending these in!

KidLib Camp 2009 – August 13

Don’t miss this unconference! KidLibCamp – for librarians interested in youth service in school & public libraries.

KidLibCamp 2009 is a place for youth services librarians to get together and talk about topics that are important to serving children in school and public libraries. KidLibCamp is an unconference that asks participants to share their work, skills, or knowledge as active participants. Unlike more traditional conferences, KidLibCamp will be highly participatory. Sessions will be determined the day of the KidLibCamp by those in attendance.

If you’ve never been to an unconference, you’re in for a treat. Sharing knowledge and collaborating are what drive an unconference. Everyone has a chance to contribute and learn. This day is being organized by Linda W. Braun or Gretchen Hams-Casserotti. The meeting is being  held at Darien PL in southwest CT. If you’re in my neck of the woods (eastern NY) it’s an easy trip.

Gretchen and the Children’s Services Dept. did a really interesting reorganization of their collections when they moved to their new building in January – you can read about it at KidLit Reorg 2008 on Tame The Web.  And go to the unconference and see it first hand and share your own great ideas with your colleagues.