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 Hygiene
Adoption Illness
The Alphabet Insects
Alzheimer’s Disease Life Cycles
Autism Math
Blended Families Measurements and Weights
Cancer Metamorphosis*
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom* Mouse Paint*
Colors Numbers
Community Helpers (puzzle) Numbers and Letters
Community Helpers (figures) Nursery and Preschool
Cultures of the World Nursery Rhymes
Daycare Nutrition
The Dentist Potty Training for Boys
Dinosaurs Potty Training for Girls
Diverse Abilities Potty Training for Her
Divorce Potty Training for Him
The Doctor Pre-reading Skills
The Doorbell Rang* Pre-writing Skills
Down Syndrome Self-esteem
Dyslexia Shapes and Colors
Earth & Environment Shapes
Ethnic Heritage Siblings
Ethnicity Solar System*
Families Sounds
Family Heritage Starting School
Farm Animals Stranger Danger
Fear Surgery
Feelings Telling the Truth
Fire Safety Time
Five Senses Touching
Getting Dressed Transportation
Grandfather’s Death Weather*
Grandmother’s Death Wild Animals
Health & Safety
Hibernation (Time to Sleep) * 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.



Meriden Public Library 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT 06450 Main Number 203.238.2344 Fax 203.238.3647