CEFLS has a number of items that can be used by one of the member libraries to support patron services. We also offer prepackaged activity kits for both individual patron use and for use within a library. We also have equipment to help facilitate activities within a library or events outside of a library that would normally be cost-prohibitive. If you have any questions or wish to request a specific item, contact Karen Batchelder (518-563-5190 ext. 20) or David Fuller (518-563-5190 ext. 22).

Baking Pans
Big Idea Kits

The Mother Goose Big Idea Kits are collections of activities, toys, stories, and related items to stimulate and educate children.

Book Club in a Bag

Does your library have a book club? Are you looking to start one? The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System can provide you with everything your book club needs for your next discussion!

CEFLS loans books exclusively for libraries and local book clubs to use for their discussions. Books are checked out in a sturdy canvas bag containing 12 paperback copies of each title and a printed list of discussion questions. Each bag is checked out as a single item with multiple pieces, so the person or institution checking out the bag is responsible for all pieces being returned. Library staff should count all pieces at check-in and check-out.

Book Club in a Bag kits can be checked out for six weeks, and they can be picked up and returned at any CEFLS member library. Please make sure books are returned together with the bag, not separately.

Circulation Procedures for Library Staff (PDF)

Sign-out Sheet for Patrons (PDF)

Questions about the program or suggestions for future titles can be sent to Julie Wever.

Current titles:

Ellison Dies

Library staff are encouraged to use our dies to create attractive bulletin board displays, craft projects, and decorations. In addition to 3" letters of the alphabet, question marks, ampersands, parentheses, exclamation points, and numbers, we can cut the following:

• Apple • Footprint • School Bus
• Arrow • Ghost • Scroll
• Award • Halloween Cat • Shamrock
• Baby • Heart • Sleigh
• Barn • Horse • Snowflake
• Birthday Cake • House • Snowman
• Book Closed • Liberty Bell • Space Alien
• Book Open • Lion • Space Ship
• Bunny • Maple Leaf • Sun
• Castle • May Basket • Tag
• Chick • Open Hand • Teddy Bear
• Christmas Stocking • Pencil • Telephone
• Computer • Pencil Cap* • Tree
• Cube Maker* • Pop-up* • Turkey
• Egg Folded • Pumpkin • Umbrella
• Fire Truck • Rocket Ship
• Flower • Sailboat

* Indicates dies that can be used in combination with other dies.

Event Equipment

Want to have an event outside of the library but don't want to fight with the elements? Or need a table and chairs that will work outside? Perhaps you just want to draw attention to and area, but don't have any extra funds to get something? We have equipment that can be lent for just such occasions.

  • Artificial 4' Capensia bush in basket
  • Collapsible vertical sign reading "Libraries of Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System"
  • E-Z UP 10 x 10' canopy with optional siding
  • Height-adjustable folding table, 48 x 24"
Felt Board Kits

Our collections of flannel pieces that stick to a flannel board to enhance story times:

  • Busy Bunny - 16 felt pieces, 1 felt board
    Two stories are included in this kit, which can be illustrated using the figures while telling the stories. You can also use the figures to tell the story Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.
  • Fishy Tales - 19 felt pieces, 1 blue felt board
    Two stories are included in this kit, which can be illustrated using the figures while telling the stories. You can also use the figures to tell the story Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
  • Freddie Frog - 14 felt pieces, 1 blue felt board
    Two stories are included in this kit, which can be illustrated using the figures while telling the stories. You can also use the figures to tell the story Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London.
  • Grandma's Favorites - 4 tales, 45 felt pieces, 1 graphic felt board, 4 coloring sheets
    The Gingerbread Man - 11 felt pieces
    Rapunzel - 14 felt pieces
    The Three Billy Goat Gruff - 6 felt pieces
    The Three Pigs - 14 felt pieces
  • Grandpa's Farm - 50 felt pieces, 1 graphic felt board, 1 CD
    Learning about domestic animals of the farm, how things grow, and where many common foods and other products come from and how they're produced makes studying the farm exciting and an important subject.
    CD contains delightful songs that will entertain as children learn about life on the farm and taking care of the animals. Included: Old McDonald Had a Farm; My Favorite Animal; The Peacock; I've Got a Secret; What Will We Do with the Milk, Farmer Jones; All the Little Babies are Born Each Spring; Have You Ever Seen a Llama in Pajamas; I Want a Woolly, Woolly Sweater; Animal Language; I'm a Little Peacock.
  • Hansel and Gretel - 19 felt pieces, 1 blue felt board, 1 coloring sheet
  • Mother Goose on the Loose - 13 rhymes, 52 felt pieces, 1 blue board, 6 coloring sheets
    Teaching nursery rhymes to children gives them a feel for the language. They will love to repeat them over and over, giving them a sense of accomplishment.
    Bah, Bah Black Sheep - 4 felt pieces
    Eensy, Weensy Spider - 4 felt pieces (1 shared piece - spider)
    Hey Diddle Diddle - 5 felt pieces
    Humpty Dumpty - 6 felt pieces
    Jack and Jill - 2 felt pieces
    Little Boy Blue - 3 felt pieces
    Little Bo Peep - 1 felt piece
    Little Miss Muffet - 1 felt piece (1 shared piece - spider)
    Mary Had a Little Lamb - 3 felt pieces
    Mary Mary Quite Contrary - 14 felt pieces
    The Old Woman in the Shoe - 2 felt pieces
    Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater - 3 felt pieces
    Ride a Cock Horse - 3 felt pieces
  • The Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly - 8 felt pieces, 1 blue felt board
  • Once Upon a Rhyme - 20 rhymes, 51 felt pieces, 1 CD, 1 graphic felt board, 6 coloring sheets
    Buckle My Shoe - 5 felt pieces
    Diddle, Diddle Dumpling - 1 felt piece
    Georgie Porgie - 2 felt pieces
    Hickory Dickory Dock - 1 felt piece
    It's Raining, It's Pouring - 1 felt piece (1 shared piece)
    Jack Sprat - 3 felt pieces
    Little Jack Horner - 2 felt pieces
    Old Mother Hubbard - 11 felt pieces
    One Saturday Night - 1 felt piece
    Polly Put the Kettle On - 2 felt pieces
    Rain, Rain, Go Away - 1 felt piece (1 shared piece)
    Ring Around the Rosie - 1 felt piece
    Rock a Bye Baby - 1 felt pieces
    Seven Blackbirds - 7 felt pieces
    This Little Pig - 5 felt pieces
    Three Blind Mice - 2 felt pieces
    Wee Willie Winkie - 1 felt piece
    Where Has My Little Dog Gone? - 2 felt pieces
    Yankee Doodle - 1 felt piece
    CD contains nursery rhymes that have been favorites of both young and old for ages. Music has been added to add to the fun, helping you sing the rhymes found in the set. Included: Mary Had a Little Lamb; Jack and Jill; Eensy Weensy Spider; Hey Diddle Diddle; Humpty Dumpty; Ba Ba Black Sheep; Little Boy Blue; Rock a Bye Baby; Buckle My Shoe; Willie Winkie; Three Blind Mice; Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?; It's Raining, It's Pouring; Rain Rain Go Away; Hickory Dickory Dock; and more.
  • Say Good Night - 12 felt pieces, 1 graphic felt board
    Two stories are included in this kit, which can be illustrated using the figures while telling the stories. You can also use the figures to tell the story Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.
  • The Three Little Kittens - 15 felt pieces, 1 graphic felt board
    This Mother Goose rhyme talks about our feelings when we have done something wrong and then make it right. Use this story and ideas to help kids learn about choices, responsibility, and also about just having fun!
  • Who Ate the Food? - 21 felt pieces, 1 green felt board
    Two stories are included in this kit, which can be illustrated by using the figures while telling the stories. You can also use these figures to tell the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Jump Start Early Literacy Kits

These kits focus on the 5 simple activities that strengthen early literacy skills for Kindergarten readiness - talking, writing, reading, playing, and singing. Each kit includes tips for parents and ideas for additional activities.

Laptops

Want to have coding in the library or perhaps a job-searching workshop, but you don't want to tie up public access computers? We have a collection of Chromebook laptops available to use wherever they're needed. With a simple interface, easy wireless setup, and lightweight design, you can have up to 11 of these set up in any area.

Maker Kits

Want to have a maker space or maker activities in your library but your budget can't cover it? Request a Maker Kit for your library or have a patron check it out themselves to partake in hands-on learning without the major cost.

Outdoor Flags

Outdoor Flags

Ever feel like a good chunk of the population drives by without even looking at your building? We've got something to help with that. We've purchased five teardrop, double-sided signs that serve to highlight what kind of services and programs your library provides. Job searchers, students, people looking for a place to have a business meeting, seniors who need to learn about new technology, or just the average person who might not know about the library will notice these signs that stand higher than 7 feet tall. Each comes with a collapsible pole, folding base, and a water bag to weigh it down. The flags are easy to set up and have a sturdy design.

Puppets/Stuffed Characters

Kits that include themed puppets and stuffed characters for story times:

Puppets/Stuffed characters only-

  • Arthur (Marc Brown's Arthur series)
  • Bumblebee
  • Butterfly/Caterpillar
  • Crab
  • D.W. (Marc Brown's Arthur series)
  • Elephant
  • Fireman
  • Fox
  • Francine (Marc Brown's Arthur series)
  • Grasshopper
  • Ladybug
  • Lilly (Kevin Henkes' Lilly series)
  • Octopus
  • Old Woman and the Fly
  • Rabbit (brown)
  • Rabbit (white)
  • Raccoon
  • Rat
  • Shaggy Dog
  • Snail
  • Spider
  • Tadpole
  • Tiger
  • Turtle
  • Wishbone
  • Witch

 

Puppets/Stuffed characters bundled with books and interactive materials-

Sensory Kits

Kits compiled with generous grant funding from the Autism Alliance of Northeastern New York. These kits contain materials, activities, and objects specifically catered to those on the Autism spectrum and their parents, caregivers, and siblings.