Remote Children & Teen Services

Summer With the Stevens 2020 Virtual Children’s Room


Here you will be able to find children specific materials and links to our Summer With the Stevens programs. We will be posting links and documents to scavenger hunts, STEM tutorials, virtual story times, and more. Please also sign up on Beanstack to track your progress, earn points, and virtual badges.

Please also follow along on our Children’s Facebook Group, our YouTube channel, Twitter page,  our calendar, and the Summer With the Stevens page here on our website.


STEM Tutorials

STEM Tutorials will be posted beginning July 7 on YouTube, Facebook, and right here every Tuesday at 10:30 AM.

Friday Crafts with Miss Rhonda

Miss Rhonda is creating crafts to be released every Friday at 10:30 AM for the Summer With the Stevens.  All ages are welcome to participate!

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts will be posted beginning July 7 in the Facebook Group and right here every Tuesday at 9:00 AM.

We will provide two pages for the scavenger hunt. One that can be used to cut out the pieces and hidden, and the other to be used as a reference.

Community Creates

Miss Rhonda will be doing  projects throughout the summer and will need community participation. Every year we invite you to read with us, and this year we are inviting you to create art with us.

All ages are welcome to participate.

  • Community Creates #2: Paper Flower Garden
    • Create paper flowers, and come plant one in our Community Paper Flower Garden on Friday July 31st and Saturday August 1st at the Stevens.
    • Click on the image to view a bigger version of Miss Rhonda’s example
    • Here is a PDF of the instructions

Miss Charlotte’s Book Talks

Miss Charlotte will be sharing book talks to be released every Friday at 2:00 PM on YouTube and Facebook. We will post the links here as well.

Virtual Story Time with Miss Rhonda

Virtual Story Times with Miss Rhonda are posted on YouTube and Facebook every Thursday at 10:30 AM

Video Programs Available all Summer

Pretty as a Princess

The Ice Queen visited the Stevens online! The video will be available until 8/13



The Tinker Fairy visited the Stevens online! The video will be available until 8/13


Science Tellers

Please enjoy the program “Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress” from the amazing Science Tellers. This 36 minute program will be available to view until 08/31.


While the Library is closed in these unusual times, consider checking out these online services!
The following sites are being shared by Mass. Dept. of Education, librarians, teachers and others.  Many sites do not require an MVLC Library card. So watch, listen, read, and enjoy!

Please email to reach Stevens Memorial Library.

Educational Resources?

What to Watch?

Listed below are links to fun and educational websites that you can explore with the whole family.

Try a Virtual Field Trip
Search the web for  #VirtualFieldTrip  to find more.

  • MightySurvival science & exploration, zoo & aquarium programs & webcams, museums & historical sites. Scroll down to videos.
  • FarmFood 360  tours of farms from eggs & milk, to pigs & sheep, or oats & grain
  • NASA STEM@home  activities for ages K-4th grade

Or try

  • Art at Home
    Draw & Paint Along videos for kids.
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga
    Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for kids aged 3+
  • Crash Course Kids
    Science, engineering, and fun on YouTube (grade 5 level)
  • Create a Talking Animal
    Follow these directions from the British Library to create a talking animal! You can also browse other activities from the British Library here.
  • Easter Decorations
    Watch this tutorial to learn how to make a cute rabbit with a towel and paper!
  • Genealogy for the Next Generation
    Learn how to interview relatives, play scavenger-hunt and word-search games, create craft activities like making a journal or a family keepsake, and find information to help kids learn family-history terms and create a family chart or tree.
  • Home Safari Resources
    Create an at home safari with these videos and activities from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • James Dyson Foundation shares
    Engineering challenges designed specifically for children.
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka shares
    Giving live drawing classes for free on YouTube, new at 11 am
  • Jarret Lerner shares
    A cartoonist with a bunch of tutorials, finish-the-comic pages, etc.
  • Kate Messner shares
    Tons of authors, illustrators, book talks, drawing stuff
  • KID smART shares
    Hands-on activities, read-alouds, movements exercises, and other projects you can do from the comfort of your house!
  • Mo Willems shares
    Lunch Doodles on the Kennedy Center YouTube page, new very day at 1 pm
  • National Geographic
    Boredom Busters, science and the virus. Links for children and parents.
  • New England Aquarium
    Virtual visits every day at 11 AM.

What to Read?

Children’s & Teen E-book Resources

Ready to read but need more books? Check out these digital books and audiobooks for kids.

  • Audible collection of children’s stories for ages from “Littlest Listeners” through teens. All stories are free to stream while schools are closed.
  • Tumble Book AudioBookCloud all ages audiobook collection
  • OverDrive Kids digital audiobooks & e-books, magazines, and more, with your MVLC Library card
  • Tumble Book Library stories, read-along, graphic novels & more. Click on “language” for Spanish or French books.
  • TumbleMath picture books with math themes
  • Tumble Book TeenBookCloud grades 7-12 collection

Program News?

Virtual Story Times

In addition to our Virtual Story Times with Miss Rhonda here are ways you can watch actors and authors perform a virtual story time through these links.

  • Barefoot Books
    Barefoot Books shares storytime and sing-a-long videos, watch them on YouTube!
  • #OperationStorytime
    The #OperationStoryime hashtag on Facebook and YouTube will bring you to a growing collection of children’s book authors and illustrators reading their own works. Check back regularly, because #OperationStorytime is adding new items every few hours.
  • James Culbert
    James Culbert reads Mother Goose rhymes to his baby goats in an incredible series of videos. For a special treat, watch him read “The Three Billy Goats Gruff“!
  • JBrary
    This is an evolving list of online storytime resources for families, preschools, and day cares. It includes videos, websites, and podcasts.
  • The LivBits
    A growing list of information and links to authors reading live!
  • Sing-A-Long
    Laurie Berkener is doing live Facebook sing alongs every day “LIVE Berkener Break” while school closures last.
  • Storyline Online
    The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
  • Wes Tank raps Dr. Suess over Dr. Dre
    Listen to Wes Tank rap Dr. Suess stories including “The Cat in The Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham“!