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Children's Department

Welcome to the Hamden Public Library's Children's Department!

We offer a variety of services to children as well as their parents and caregivers. The library offers storytimes, books and audiovisual material, online resources, and activities to help nurture a love of reading and learning. Our children’s area provides a place where parents and children can read, play and learn.


 Summer Reading

summer readingThe Hamden Public Library invites you to have fun this summer by playing our summer reading game “Every Hero Has a Story.”  To play use our special log sheet to keep track of every twenty minutes you spend reading. When you’ve completed 3 hours of reading bring your log sheet to the library to be stamped. Then you can put your name on the board and get a small prize.  When you’ve done this four times—a total of 12 hours  (36 dots marked on the sheet)—you can choose a free book! 

Continue reading to earn extra raffle tickets for each hour you read until you’ve completed the log sheet.

  • You can also register and play online! Just go to Hamden Summer Reading Homepage to register.
  • Read anything that you like!   Including books you read for the Hamden public schools summer reading program.

Our Children's Department and branch libraries have numerous programs and activities scheduled for the summer. Take a look at our Calendar to see what's happening!

Online Databases for Children

Use your library card to access the research databases.


ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9. ScienceFlix is available for use on PCs, Macs and most tablets and mobile devices.

Connect from the Library

Connect from Home

BookflixBookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration!

Connect from the Library

Connect from Home



TumbleBooks is a collection of animated, talking picture books, with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles . You can also find Tumble Puzzles & Games that help develop reading and language skills.



Read the Books


Read the Books can be used by kids, parents, or teachers to discover new books, authors, series, or genres. It's a quick and easy way to find interesting books for children and young adults based on topic, grade level, or time period.


Explora buttonExplora will help you discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art & music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.



Nutmeg Books

The Hamden Public Library invites readers from grades 7 & 8 to get acquainted with the 2016 Nutmeg Book Award Nominees. Our Nutmeg Book Blog provides brief descriptions of each book and links to more information about the authors. Best of all you can leave your comments about each book you read and join our 'straw pole' for your favorite.