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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.

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 Hi-Lo Collection

Youth Hi-Lo CollectionHi Interest / Low Reading Level Books (Hi-Lo Books) encourage reading for the reluctant reader. Books are written at lower reading levels, but appeal to the reader’s interest level even though that might not match their grade level. Students, especially in middle school and high school, who are reading below grade level are more likely to want to read a book if it is not only at their reading level but also at their interest level.

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 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 1 Kit 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

Youth Yellow Pages Directory for Lake Orion

The Youth Yellow Pages Directory for Lake Orion is compiled by the Orion Township Public Library's Youth Department and provides contact information for local organizations offering services to children and families.

Online Resources

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  • Provided by the Michigan eLibrary
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ABCmouse.com for Libraries

With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’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

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 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. School Code = MeL5.  

Britannica School – Learning Zone

Pre-K - 2nd Grade - Activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills.Letters, numbers, geography, shapes and much more are included.  School Code = MeL5.

CultureGrams

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.  

EBSCOhost eBooks 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.

Hoopla

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.  

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.

OverDrive for Kids

OverDrive 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.

PebbleGo

PebbleGo, the award winning PreK - 2 database for reading and research, includes database options for Animals, Earth and Space, and Biographies.

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.

If you are using Internet Explorer to access PebbleGo Next, it must be version 9.0 or higher.

Research in Context

Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle schoolers this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.  

TrueFlix

An online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century Skills through the inquiry process.  All of the True Book titles are supported with a deep and diverse reservoir of related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images, and text.

TumbleBook Library

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.

TumbleBookCloud

TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audiobooks!  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books!  It’s designed specifically for elementary and middle schools.  All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection.

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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