New Educational Tools

The Library has new brain-building collections to keep up the fun and learning all summer and beyond! ​

Phonics KitsLaunchpad tabletsSTEAM Kits, and AWE workstations will keep your child's mind engaged and entertained.


Phonics Kits

Introduce and reinforce early literacy skills with your little one with our new Phonics Kits. Books at each level are carefully selected to meet the needs of a child's reading development. Kits contain up to 25 books with options in English and Spanish, with popular characters and themes. 

Browse our collection of Phonics Kits or place a hold in our catalog, then stop by your local Library branch for pickup.

Browse Phonics Kits

Checkout Information:

- When using a check out station at the Library, you must scan the barcode on the box and each book in the kit.

- You cannot check out a partial kit. 

- Kits do not incur late charges but fines will be issued for missing items.




Boost early literacy and learning skills with Launchpads! Designed for kids Pre-K to 8th grade, each tablet is pre-loaded with fun, interactive ways to learn letters, numbers, critical thinking skills, and life skills.  

Browse our collection of LaunchPads or place a hold in the catalog. LaunchPads are available for pickup at your local Library branch.

Browse Launchpads

Checkout Information:

- Two Launchpads per card at a time – only full-service cards, no OLL Access Passes or eCards

- Launchpads check out for 14 days, non-renewable

- Lost fee = cost of item (average is $100-$130)

- No overdue/late fees

- Launchpads must be returned to a Service Desk, not the Book Drop.



Do you like to build? Are you interested in science? Our new STEAM Kits contain science experiments, art, music and other activities for children and families to enjoy! Explore important topics through hands-on learning and fun, challenging activities.

Visit your local Library branch to check out a STEAM Kit on the topic of your choice!





Checkout Information:

- One STEAM Kit per card at a time – only full-service cards, no OLL Access Passes or eCards

- STEAM Kits check out for 14 days and are non-renewable.

- Some STEAM Kits such as the Microscope and Human Body kits are available for use only in the Library - Check out with a Library card is required.

- Lost fee = cost of item

- No overdue/late fees

- STEAM Kits must be returned to a Service Desk, not the Book Drop.


AWE Workstations

AWE Workstations are educational computers designed for little kids to middle schoolers that feature bilingual English/Spanish content (plus French at the St. Cloud Library) and more than 85 science, technology, reading, art, and math programs that kids will love!

Learn more about about AWE Workstations HERE.






For FY2021-22, 100% of the total costs for the Slow the Slide program is supported by federal money; The total budget of the project is $123,463.


These projects were funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.