Most of our "With My Library Card, I Can:" posts have so far focused on the adult collection. This one is for the kids. The Edwardsville Public Library has a robust and energetic youth department. We have things you would probably expect a library to have like great story times and copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but we also circulate some items that might surprise you.
American Girl Dolls
The library circulates 16 different American Girl Dolls as well as some of the dolls' accessories. We have: Addy, Caroline, Cecile, Felicity, Isabelle, Josefina, Julie, Kaya, Kirsten, Luciana (pictured), Marie-Grace, Maryellen, Melody, Molly, Rebecca, and Samantha.
Not being an aficionado, I have no idea what that list of names means but my guess is your young one probably knows exactly who they are.
Click the link below to place a hold on the Luciana doll.Request Luciana
Launchpads by Playaway
Launchpads are pre-loaded tablets full of learning games for young folks. No internet access is needed to use them, making them a great option for traveling! Games are themed on topics like Space, Travel, and Science.
Click the button below to request the science themed Launchpad, Out of This World!Request Out of This World!
Science Discovery Kits
Do you have a little explorer? We have some really great kits about future careers in the sciences for ages 4 and up. The kit pictured is titled I am an Entomologist. It includes science supplies similar to what real entomologists use to study insects including insect specimens, tweezers, magnifying glass, and bug examiner.
We have several similar kits that let kids pretend to be an Architect, a Botanist, a Chemist, a Marine Biologist, or a Paleontologist.
Our kits are stored right next to the staircase that leads in to the youth library.
If you'd like to place a hold on I am an Entomologist, click the button belowRequest I am an Entomologist
Edwardsville Children's Museum Passes
You can check out a pass to the Edwardsville Children's Museum at the Library. The passes give free admission for 4 people (additional addmission $7/person) and can be checked out for 1 week with no renewals.Request a Pass
For more information about some of the unique items the Youth Department circulates, visit our website.
About the Author
Amanda has been working at EPL for 14 years and is currently the Circulation Manager. In her free time she enjoys reading, knitting, and cuddling her cats. She’s basically a walking stereotype.