All the books and CDs you have borrowed have been extended for six weeks and all fines removed. Any fines due on DVDs from this time will be waived when they are returned.
Take part in our craft activities and story time at home, in our video events programme for children. You can also join in our arts and crafts activities for all ages. Find out about our weekly online events programme or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out the latest news.
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We understand that children and parents will be looking for activities and learning opportunities while children are at home. Barnet Libraries have put together some websites to help. We are working on plans for more online library services so please check here regularly for more information.
Empathy Day 9 June 2020
Empathy is being able to imagine and share someone else’s feelings.
Empathy Day focuses on how we can use books to step into someone else’s shoes. Scientists say that we can train our brain with stories – the more you empathise with characters, the more you understand other people’s feelings.
On 9 June, EmpathyLab will host an Empathy Day of exciting and creative online events and home-based celebrations to help children read, connect and act using empathy. Authors, illustrators, schools, libraries and families across the country will all be taking part.
Leading children’s authors such as, Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, Noughts and Crosses author Malorie Blackman, and award-winning illustrator Rob Biddulph are amongst the names to spearhead the exciting Empathy Day programme.
This year, EmpathyLab will be launching their first ever online Family Activities Pack for families to download. The collection consists of 14 activities to do together at home as part of their Countdown Fortnight to Empathy Day.
The pack is full of great ideas to get children writing, drawing, crafting, listening and reading, all whilst developing essential empathy skills. All they need is a pen and paper!
Arts and Crafts
Free downloadable craft activities suitable for parents of primary aged children
Free access to worksheets, activities and craft ideas for one month
A wealth of learning activities including daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.
Author interviews and book reviews
Booklists by subject
Recommendations, reviews and author interviews
Find books by age group and add your own reviews
Search for books your child will love based on their age, keywords or authors they have enjoyed before. Sign in with your library card, then select London Borough of Barnet to begin your search.
Information and project work
For 6 - 10 year olds. Log in with your library card and find information on a wealth of topics
A variety of educational games including word, puzzle, math, geography, sports and science
Primary Homework Help
Easy to use information and facts on many homework topics including literacy, science, history, art, religion and geography
Online language learning packages
The free eBook is aimed at helping primary aged children understand the immense changes happening around the world because of COVID19. It's a collaboration between Axel Scheffler, Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson, Nia Roberts, Professor Graham Medley and Nosy Crow Books.
Download worksheets on books by this publisher. Especially useful for children with dyslexia or reluctant readers
Resources and activities for parents and children from publisher HarperCollins
Free online books, games and quizzes
Creative activities, interviews and the history of classic children's literature
Writing challenges, interviews, activities and much more
Activities, quizzes and audio clips
Listen to a selection of Michael's poems or watch videos of him performing his poems and stories and see masterclasses on how to write. Visit Michael’s official Youtube channel for more.
Questions related to a range of inspiring images
Free daily activities linked to a book, poem or author for KS2
Extracts from books, author interviews and children’s reviews
US website with lots of activities, books to read or to listen to.
As a guide:
PreK and K Nursery is Reception – Year 1
Grades 1 and 2 is Year 2 and 3
Grades 3 - 5 is Year 3 - 5
Grades 6+ is Year 6 upwards
The Scottish Booktrust
Videos of top children’s author events
Activities to download, author interviews and support for parents on reading with children
Free resources and activities to download and author masterclasses with writing challenges
Maths and numbers
Six free maths games and quizzes. More content is available by paid membership
Children’s newspaper. One edition available to download for free
Science learning games
Activity packs to download around the theme of “Our diverse planet”
Playmobil have released a fantastic video explaining the changes caused by Coronavirus to children.
Tutorials on coding
Wellbeing Wednesday from author of the 'Spy Dog' series, from author of the 'Spy Dog' series, Andy Cope