Regular programming, storytimes, and lap sits for parents and families occur all throughout the year. Check the events calendar for what’s happening this week or go to the homepage and click on the eNews button to sign up for weekly emails about library events.
A PBS WEB SITE FOR PARENTS AND 5 SITES FOR “TWEENERS”
PBS has a web site dedicated to parents and their needs. It features information on timely topics like raising boys and talking to kids; an activity search tool; and a number of ways to connect to your local station and area caregivers, Booklists, Video clips, Media literacy Resources, a Parent Idea Box, and, even a PBS for Parents Shop. You can experience all these goodies at:
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Find out more about who they are & what their mission is. Given the sheer volume of choices in today’s media, it’s easy to become overwhelmed! Well, help is here! You can get honest information about TV programs, movies, games, software, apps, books, web sites and music by AGE.
ZERO TO THREE ORGANIZATION’S YOUNG EXPLORER’S PAGE zerotothree.org
I AM YOUR CHILD
SIECUS (sexuality information and education council of the united states)
Families are Talking Site
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Missing Children
Parent Tips for Launching Young Readers
Reading Rockets Parent Tips for Launching Young Readers
Great Web Sites for Kids from the ALA
Reading Rockets Reading Rockets is produce by WETA, the PBS’s flagship television and radio station. Rockets is a multimedia project that uses video, print and online media to provide research based tools and strategies for teaching children how to read.
Michigan Reads! This site is official Michigan Reads! One State, One Preschool Book Program.
Hennepin County Library’s Birth to Six Site This site has several valuable lists and tips for this age group.
ReadingTeacher.com uses systematic phonics to help children build a strong foundation for success in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and early elementary school – in a safe, ad-free environment. They provide a free 14 day trial for the whole program.
LOOKING FOR SOME PARENTING TOOLS? Try visiting Handipoints.
This is an intriguing site with, what they claim are powerful parenting tools for Task and Goal management. Handipoints features HandiLand, a fun virtual world where kids adopt their own cartoon cat and use their points to buy clothes and gear for their cat. Great for kids from four to fourteen, Handipoints helps teach kids to be Happy, Healthy and Smart. There can be some costs associated with the site. Some families LOVE it! I’m not “completely sold” but it may work for you. The only way to find out is to look it over.