Children’s Department

Summer Reading Starts June 15th!  Read all about it here!

Need to reach the Children’s Department? Call us at 203-453-8282 (from 10am-5pm M-F while library is closed to the public) or email us at and the library will respond as soon as they are able (no circulation inquiries via email!).

The library is closed to the public until further notice.  All physical materials currently checked out will be renewed automatically until the library opens again and no new fines will be accrued during the time the library is closed.  If you wish to return books/movies/music, you may still used the book drop located on the side of the driveway as you enter the library parking lot.  If you wish to return kits/toys/other equipment, please call the library to arrange a drop-off time (DO NOT PUT THESE ITEMS INTO THE BOOK DROP!).  No holds from out of town may be placed or picked up at this time.  No programs, tutoring sessions, meeting room requests, new equipment checkouts, or any other public activity will take place at the library until the state and federal restrictions on public gatherings have been lifted and the library has deemed it safe to re-open.

The library has a new curbside pickup service available for all patrons to request books that are currently available in Guilford only (books from other libraries will not be arriving for an undetermined amount of time).  You may call the library between 10am-5pm M-F to place books on hold and schedule a no-contact pickup time.  In order to serve all patrons as equitably as possible, there is a limit of 5 adult books, 5 teen books, 5 juvenile books, and 10 picture books/easy readers.  If you want to check out more books, you must return the same number of books by using the book drop located outside the library.  You may also place holds online and you will be called by library staff to set up a pickup time when they are ready (disregard any automated messages about pickup from the computer system…your holds will not be ready unless you have spoken with a staff member and scheduled a pickup time).  Kits, toys, and other non-standard items will not be circulated at this time.

A scavenger history hunt is now available by going to  Local historians created this non-contact activity for children during the Covid-19 pandemic, and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
A checklist and descriptions including photos, addresses, and audio recordings are included.
School children who wish to participate in a quiz can submit their answers by June 15th.  Three winners, randomly selected from the correct entries, will receive a prize.
*Please submit quiz entries by mailing to or dropping off to the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street, or by emailing to  Winners will be notified by June 30th.
Or, click the picture below then right click to save it as a .jpg .
Guilford Scavenger History Hunt Quiz (2020)

Paws & Read has gone virtual!  Read to our therapy dogs over Skype or Zoom from the safety of your own home.  For more information and to register, see the event post for the dog you want to read to:

Libraries across the state have joined together to host a community calendar of virtual events that are open to residents from any town.  To see what libraries in the area are up to, click here.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram for more featured family-friendly resources.

While the library is closed for the foreseeable future due to public health concerns around the coronavirus, you may continue to access the library’s digital collections from home with your library card.  For many of these services, you will also have to create a free account using your email.

Overdrive & Libby (books/audio)

Kanopy (movies)

Hoopla (books/audio/music)

Freading (books) You will need to create a free Adobe Digital Editions account with your email to use this service.

RBdigitial (magazines)

RBdigital (books/audio)

ResearchIT (CT State Library)

eGo (CT State Library powered by RBdigital) ~ Must create a different username/password than for Guilford/LION content on other RBdigital links above!

Open Library (free ebooks from Internet Archive ~ Must create a free account to access)

Many companies and organizations are stepping up to offer a multitude of learning remotely during this difficult time, and while we can’t keep track of all of them, we will update this list as more resources come to our attention.  Please feel free to email us at if you see something online that you would like to see added to this list.

You may also want to check out our parent/homework resources page here.

Guilford Public Schools latest news & resources

Lakeshore free curriculum resources for at-home learning

Mad Science at-home experiments

Crazy 8s Math Club’s At-Home Math Activities

Author talks

More author talks/picture book read-alouds

Even more author talks/read-alouds

Calendar of live online events w/authors for children/teens

Audible is making some of their children’s content available for free (you must sign up for your own account and they may have other restrictions/paywalls).

TumbleBooks has a variety of streaming services you can access without your own account by clicking on the links below from now until August 31st:
TumbleBookLibrary (grade K-6 ebooks)
TumbleMath (grade K-6 math ebooks)
TeenBookCloud (grade 7-12 ebooks)
AudioBookCloud (mixed ages ~ child/teen/adult ~ audiobooks)
They even have something for parents who are interested:  RomanceBookCloud (romance ebooks for adults)

Sebco free e-books for children, teens, & adults if you log in here with the following credentials:
Username:  keepreading
Password:  sebco
Library card/ID#:  1

Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk live daily Q&A videos with their animals at 3pm on their facebook page.

Peabody@Home is full of learning activities for all ages, printables, ways to browse the collections from home, citizen science for kids, and more.

Beardsley Zoo animal cameras, distance learning resources, and live animal Q&A videos Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 2pm on their facebook page.

More cameras and virtual tours from parks, zoos, museums, NASA, and more from around the universe.

Keep your body occupied along with your mind by following along at home with the high-kicking hijinks of the Rockettes and their free live classes on Instagram.

Storytime from space (Astronauts reading books to kids from the international space station).

A list of databases (mostly adult/academic/scholarly) that are being made freely available to the public, updated by Library Journal.

Resources for teachers or other librarians from the CT State Library.

The Children’s Department of the Guilford Free Library is the place to read, play, learn and grow! Here you’ll find everything for children from birth through 6th grade, as well as for the adults who come with them.

The children’s room was dedicated to a wonderful former librarian, Lana Ferguson, who gave so much to make it what it is today.  Head on over to our facebook page to see pictures from this meaningful event.

Guilford residents with babies or toddlers are welcome to join our early literacy initiative, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.   A fun program of reading to your children.  Read books, record titles, receive a book bag, and your children will be set for Kindergarten!  For more details, click here.  To sign up, please visit the children’s room.