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Orion Telescope Lending Program

Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library, Larchmont card holders over 18 years of age with a valid drivers license can now borrow our Orion Starblast modified telescope.  Budding stargazers, with guidance from their adults, can now get an up close and personal view of the moon or constellations using the Evening Sky Map as guidance.  CLICK HERE to be put on the waiting list if you’d like to borrow the telescope.

Assignment Help for Grade School Teachers

Do you have an assignment coming up? Would you like us to help you by preparing a pathfinder, or just have books available for the children?  We will be happy to help! Contact the Burchell Children’s Room at 914-834-2281 x 4 or send us an email at

School Visits

Would you like to schedule a class visit for your students?  We love visitors!  Can’t make it here?  We’ll come to you to tell your students about the latest and greatest books.  Contact the Burchell Children’s Room at 914-834-2281 to schedule a visit.

Websites to Identify Reading Levels for Books

Classroom Library Company: Looks like just a commercial site, but if you search for a certain book and click on it, it will give you information about the guided level reading for most of the books.  See the entry for Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney as an example.
Leveled Picture Books: Portland Public Schools provides this database. Search by title, author, Reading Recovery level or grade level. Last updated 2001. View the list of books in the database sorted by the search criteria.
Lexile Reading Level Book Search: Use the Quick Search box (upper right corner) to find the Lexile of a book by title or author. Search by Lexile or by grade level, and limit to the readers’ interests for a list of suggested books.
A to Z Teacher Stuff: Search by Title, Author or Guided Reading Level. This website also has a great browse feature.

Databases for Students

Children’s Online Resources are library subscribed searchable databases for research on a variety of different reading levels.

Searchable Databases

Kids InfoBits. Grades K-5. Complete with an engaging, developmentally appropriate graphic interface, reference content and magazines for elementary students, Kids InfoBits addresses the way kids learn and conduct research.
Britannica School. Grades K-adult.  Searchable database specifically for Grades K-5, Middle and High School.  Has images, articles and video on a variety of topics.
Gale Virtual Reference Library. Grades 4 and up. Read biographies and more online without leaving the comfort of your home  from books that you might also find on our reference shelves.  Titles include Encyclopedia of World Biography and the Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History.

Downloadable Audio and Ebooks

Tumblebooks. Target Audience: Read to Me’s. An online animated collection of of animated, talking picture books, chapter books, games, and more.
Overdrive. Target Audience: Preschool to Teenagers. Overdrive can be used to download both eBooks and Audiobooks for all devices. If you have a smartphone or an advanced tablet–like device like an iPad or a Kindle Fire you can install an app which enables you to download directly to your device.  Log in with your library card number and pin number to see our full collection.  Your pin number is the last four digits of your phone number, unless you’ve changed it.
Freading. Target Audience: Preschool to Adult. If you are looking for downloadable picture books, the popular Classic Starts series, the Big Nate series and a whole lot more, this is your source!   This site uses a token system. Each person is given ten tokens a week. Books cost one, two or four tokens, depending on the value of the book assigned by the publisher. For example, each book in the popular Big Nate series costs four tokens.  Freading users must install Adobe Digital Editions software before downloading books.
OneClickDigital.  Target Audience: Preschool to Adult. Has audiobooks only, but some great titles for children, like Ivy and Bean, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Freddy the Detective and more.

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