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Great Stuff @ the Orion Library

Ellison Die-Cut Collection

dragon cutoutWe have dozens of die-cuts that patrons may use for free!  To make sure that the machines are available to use, please call the Youth Services Desk at 248-693-3002 before coming in.  Bring in your own paper and use as many die-cuts as you like.

Lake Orion Area Preschool and Childcare Directory – 2023

The information in this directory was supplied by the individual agencies. This list does not contain every preschool and childcare facility in the area and inclusion in this directory does not imply endorsement or recommendation. For further information, please contact the Orion Township Public Library Youth Services Department. For information on what to look for in a preschool program, see Child Care Aware’s "Is This the Right Place for My Child?" guide.

Youth Discovery Kits

Youth Discovery Kit - books and additional materialDiscovery Kits include: My Emotions, My Body, Getting Dressed, Time, Spatial Relationships, Social Skills, Healthy Habits, Getting Around Town, Opposites, Cause and Effect, and Counting. These all-in-one kits contain 3-5 books, small toys, games and manipulatives pertaining to a concept or life skill. Especially great reinforcement for those visual and tactile learners. Checkout: 2 Weeks - Limit of 2 Kits per card

Youth Large Print Collection

Youth Large Print CollectionThe Youth Large Print collection contains books with large, easy to read typefaces to accommodate readers with vision limitations.

Youth Lit Fit Kits

Fit Lit Kit - Comprehension - DK1Youth Lit Fit Kits are designed to coordinate with the literacy competencies that are evaluated each year by local schools. Currently available for DK - 1st grade with 2nd and 3rd grade coming in the new year. Each kit has materials to strengthen and practice skills in the stated competency. Current kit topics include: Fluency, Comprehension, Vocabulary, Phonics, and Phonics Awareness. Checkout: 2 Weeks - Limit of 2 per card.

Youth Preschool Kits

Youth Preschool Kit - books and additional materialsPreschool Kits include a variety of topics including Seasonal Holidays, Bugs, Colors, Michigan, Bears, Space, Farm, Pets and many more. Kits include 4-6 books, and a toy or manipulative pertaining to the topic. Checkout: 2 Weeks - Limit of 2 Kits per card

Youth Quilt Kits

Youth Quilt Kit - book and accompanying quiltOur Youth Quilt Kits contain a story and an accompanying quilt block sewn by local quilters.

Youth STEM Kits

Youth STEM Kits - books and additional materialSTEM Kits are a great way to investigate science and math concepts with your students or as a family. Our STEM Kit collection includes: Engineering-Gears, Snap Circuits, Dinosaurs, Heart, Magnets, Microscope, Night Sky, Simple Machines, Puzzles and Logic, Build a Contraption, Bridge Building, World of Bugs, Solar Power, Wheels and Axles, and Measuring. Kits include at least one book and relevant hands-on learning material on the specific topic. Checkout: 2 Weeks - Limit of 2 Kits per card

Youth Story Kits

Youth Story Kit - book and additional materialsStory Kits are a wonderful way to tell a favorite tale. Our Story Kit collection includes: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, If you Give a Pig a Pancake, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, There Was an Old Lady, Silly Sally, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Three Bears, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, I Went Walking, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, and many more. Kits include a copy of the story and some materials to retell the story. This is a great way to get kids involved in telling the story. Checkout: 2 Weeks - Limit of 2 Kits per card

Online Resources

  • Provided by the Orion Library
  • Provided by the Michigan eLibrary
  • Provided in partnership by the Orion Library and the Michigan eLibrary
  • Librarian Recommended Internet Site for Libraries

With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities,’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+).  

Not available for home access.

Book Wizard

Find leveled books by title, author, or your student's reading level, plus booktalks, lesson plans, author studies, videos, and discussion guides.  Provided by Scholastic.


BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.  

Britannica Fundamentals

Pre-K - 2nd Grade - Activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills. Letters, numbers, geography, shapes and much more are included.

Britannica School

With Britannica School, students can conduct research using thousands upon thousands of searchable encyclopedia and journal articles, images, videos, audios, curated primary sources with curriculum relevance, detailed maps, editor-recommended Web sites, learning games, a world atlas, and a wealth of how-to research tools. Choose from three learning entry points - Elementary, Middle, or High School - then select a reading level that matches each student’s ability.  


CultureGrams provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on hundreds of countries, as well as the U.S. states and Canadian Provinces. Each World Edition report is written by a native or long-term resident of the country, in coordination with a CultureGrams editor. The Kids Edition, States Edition, and Provinces Edition reports are written by CultureGrams editors but with extensive input from reviewers. Each report covers 25 categories, including history, religion, family, economy, gestures, current events and more.  

eBook K-8 Collection

Beginning reader-friendly fiction and nonfiction books you can read online - for school and for fun.  Picture books, homework topics, languages learning.  Online help is available too.

Explora for Middle Schools

Explora for Middle Schools provides hundreds of magazines and reference books for middle school students. This resource includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents. Subjects include history, current events, science, sports, and biographies, as well as photos, maps, and flags.  

Explora for Primary Schools

Explora for Primary Schools provides children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and images for elementary students. Children can learn about animals, musicians, fitness, space exploration, and much more.  


With an Orion Library card, Orion residents can instantly stream or download thousands of audiobook, comic book, ebook, movie, television, and music titles to their computer or compatible mobile device.  

Hoopla is available for Orion residents with a valid library card only.

Middle Search Plus

Designed for middle school libraries, Middle Search Plus is a full-text database providing popular middle school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such as history, current events, science and sports, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags.  

NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 allows you to discover fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in the classroom.  Use favorite book titles and authors to find additional books to read or use in the classroom.

NoveList K-8 Tutorial

OverDrive / Libby for Kids

OverDrive / Libby for Kids, or Kids' eReading Room, shows only kids’ content.  No adult content will appear in the search results.  All titles in the eReading Room are also cataloged by reading level, AT scores, and other reading metrics to help parents and teachers select titles to aid in literacy campaigns.  All titles can be sampled in OverDrive Read prior to borrowing or placing a hold.  

OverDrive / Libby for Kids is available for Orion residents with a valid library card only.


PebbleGo, the award winning PreK - 2 database for reading and research, includes database options for Animals, Science, Biographies, Social Studies, Dinosaurs, and Health.

PebbleGo Next

PebbleGo Next is the next step for researchers ready to graduate from PebbleGo to more robust content. PebbleGo Next covers content appropriate to grades 3-6 curriculum content at a reading level geared to those students with built-in reading and research tools such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting. PebbleGo's initial module covers States and American Indian studies.

TumbleBook Library

(Grades K - 5)  TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.  TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which kids can read, or have read to them.

TumbleBook Library Tutorial

World Book

World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Modules includes Early World of Learning, World Book Kids, World Book Info Finder, World Book Reference Center, World Book Timelines, World eBook, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.  

Homeschooling Resources

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