Preschool STEM: Resources

If you’re looking for some fun and interactive experiments to introduce, expand, or enhance your kids’ knowledge in the areas of STEAM (or if you’re simply looking for a fun afternoon project!), check out this great selection of STEAM activity e-books through Hoopla. Look for the “Learning with STEAM” categories. There are activity books for young children through teen to support Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. E-materials may be checked out from Hoopla with your Eau Claire library card.

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The E-Book Recommendations You’re Looking For

Hello Book Lovers!

As we move slowly toward the day we can all be back at the library, more and more customers have begun exploring our digital media services. With newly enhanced free access to multiple catalogs, you can easily download or stream e-books and other media—and many items are available on-demand.

You might be thinking, “But there’s so much! Where do I start?”

Allow us to help. The Youth Services team has compiled a collection of our recommended e-books and e-audiobooks. You can find links to these Great E-Reads on our KIDS website, as well as details about which services offer each title. Many of them are available on-demand with no waiting list.

Your child loves mysteries? We have a list for that! Looking for picture books? We have those too! You need more books that are just like Wimpy Kid? We’ve got you covered!

Need someone to do your yard work so you have more reading time?? Well…you’re on your own there. Sorry.

Check out our recommended Great E-Reads and find your next favorite book.

As always, please reach out with any questions. We’d love to hear from you!

Read This: The Strangers

We have a new Read This personality this week: Julia, from Youth Services, has a great recommendation perfect for upper-elementary and middle school readers.

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix is available for download at Wisconsin’s Digital Library or Hoopla with your Eau Claire library card. Happy reading!

Stories Aloud: Max Speed

Miss Riss has a super secret story to share this week: Max Speed by Stephen Shaskan! Great gadzooks!

Listen, read along, and be sure to share your reactions by email or Facebook.


Stories Aloud: Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy

Stories Aloud and Miss Riss are back to present Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas. Help Miss Riss with the story and be sure to share your reactions by email or Facebook.

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Read This: Infinity Son

Read This is back this week with a recommendation for Infinity Son by Adam Silvera. I may have had a difficult time keeping rival factions straight…can you tell? Let us know your thoughts on the book through email or our social media pages. Enjoy!

Infinity Son is available for download from the our Digital Media page. At the time of this video, the book was available through Hoopla and Freading. Happy reading!

Read This: City of Ghosts

“Read This” is back this week with a wonderful series for middle graders. It’s creepy…it’s crawly…it’s a page-turner!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab is available for download with your library card through Hoopla and Overdrive:

Stories Aloud: Silly Sally

Looking for a great story on a dreary morning? Miss Riss to the rescue with our first Stories Aloud, featuring Silly Sally by Audrey Wood. Listen, sing along, and share your reactions!

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Read This: Truly, Devious

Are you looking for great books to add to your To Be Read pile? Our new “Read This” series will bring you library staff recommended books, all available for digital download. Our first episode highlights a wonderful YA series.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson is available for download with your library card through Hoopla, Freading, and Overdrive. Download here!