Thematic Kits

Multi-format kits that contain a number of developmentally appropriate materials—books, CDs, DVDs, toys or other manipulatives, and a resource guide on various subjects.

All kits are packaged in sturdy containers and may be checked out for three weeks.


The Library offers the following kits for use at home:

ADD/HD Measurements and Weights
All About Me! (NEW) Metamorphosis*
The Alphabet Mouse Paint*
Autism Numbers
Blended Families Numbers and Counting
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom* Numbers and Letters
Colors Nursery and Preschool
Community Helpers (puzzle) Nursery Rhymes
Community Helpers (figures) Nutrition
Cultures of the World Opposites
The Dentist Potty Training for Boys/Him
Dinosaurs Potty Training for Girls/Her
Diverse Abilities Pre-reading Skills
The Doctor Pre-reading Skills Set 1
Dogs (NEW) Pre-reading Skills Set 2
The Doorbell Rang* Pre-writing Skills
Earth & Environment Princesses (NEW)
Ethnic Heritage Self-esteem
Ethnicity Shapes and Colors
Fall (NEW) Shapes
Fairy Tales and Folk Tales Siblings
Families (box) Solar System*
Families (bag) (NEW) Sounds
Farm Animals Space (coming soon)
Fear Starting School
Feelings Stranger Danger
Fire Safety Surgery
Five Senses Telling the Truth
Gardening (NEW) Time
Getting Dressed Touching
Health & Safety Trains (NEW)
Hibernation (Time to Sleep) Transportation
Hygiene Under the Sea (NEW)
Insects Weather*
Life Cycles Wild Animals
Math Winter (NEW)
* bilingual kit

Thematic Kit Guidelines

1. Thematic Kits are checked out in the Tomie dePaola Children’s Library.  (KITS MAY NOT BE USED INSIDE THE LIBRARY BUILDING DUE TO THE POTENTIAL FOR LOST PARTS)
2. Patron will return Kits to the Children’s Library.
3. Patron is responsible for all contents in the Kit.  There will be a charge for lost items, including replacement of the whole set (where items cannot be purchased individually).
4. There will be a replacement cost for damaged media containers.
5. Meriden Public Library charges $1.00 per day in late fees on Thematic Kits.
6. Thematic Kits circulate for three (3) weeks.
7. Thematic Kits cannot be renewed.
8. Maximum of one (1) Kit per household, per circulation cycle.
9. Children’s Library staff must examine contents of Thematic Kit with patron before checking out/discharging kits.
10. Thematic Kits are checked out with an adult library card.