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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Any child ages 0-5 (or who has not yet entered Kindergarten) is eligible to participate. Click on the banner above to sign up!


  eBooks, Audiobooks, and Video

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  Homework Help

Library databases you can access at home with a library card!


Scholastic Databases

Your card gains gives you free access to thousands of resources from Scholastic that are perfect for students, parents, and teachers.

 

For more educational resources, check the For Parents section below.


  Games & Apps

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BrainPOP Jr. Code dot org: learn how to code Disney Junior LEGO Math Playground
National Geographic Kids Nick Junior P B S Kids Safe Kid Games Seuss Ville

  Resources for Parents

Browse the information below for resources related to storytimes, early literacy skills, and educational resources for children available online.

▶︎ Find a Storytime

No branch is hosting in-person events at this time. Each branch has at least one virtual storytime online each week. Visit our Storytime page to view the updated storytime schedule. Follow the links provided to find their Facebook page and watch at the scheduled time.


Dial-a-Story

Patrons can call 816-579-6121 to hear chapters of books read by our local librarians. When you call, you will be prompted to choose an option with accompanying chapter selections.

Every Monday, we’ll have the next 2 sets of chapters available for callers. Keep track of what book we are reading on our Dial-A-Story page, too.


Storyline Online

This free website streams dozens of videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, James Earl Jones, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and more.

▶︎ Building Early Literacy Skills

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: An ongoing program that encourages parents and caregivers to read with their children early and frequently. The program is based on research showing that the more books children ages 0-5 hear read aloud, the more prepared they will be to begin reading on their own. Start now!

Tools for Building Early Literacy Skills: Learning to read begins before your children start school. Help your children develop early literacy skills with these resources.

Accelerated Reader BookFinder: Is you child participating in the Accelerated Reader program at school? Just type a book title, author, or topic into the search and this website provides the book level (BL) and points (AP pts) for each book.

▶︎ Educational Resources Online for Kids

Visit our Resources for Learning from Home or Homeschool Resources pages for even more!


Animal Diversity Web: An online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology provided by the University of Michigan. Part animal science encyclopedia, part virtual museum, the database is a learning tool for those interested in the study of animals.

Exploratorium Online Learning: The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory dedicated to science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California. The institution's online Learning Toolbox has a free collection of resources for learning from home, including websites, videos, exhibits, and hands-on, teacher-tested science activities called Science Snacks.

Fact Monster: This reference database combines essential reference materials, fun facts and features, and homework help for kids.

International Children's Digital Library: This project by the University of Maryland and Internet Archive has created an online collection of literature that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. The books have been digitized and many are translated into English and other languages by volunteers.

Khan Academy: This website offers a free, personalized learning resource for students of all ages. Learners can set their own pace and coursework, or students out of school can take advantage of prepared daily schedules customized for specific grade levels. Khan Academy has partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

NASA For Students: The NASA STEM page of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's website provides access to a free catalog of articles, videos, activities, and games for students in grades K-12. Resources are organized by grade level.

ReadWriteThink: A list of interactive games and resources for children organized by grade level, learning objective, and theme.

Scholastic Learn at Home: This free resource provides 20 days worth of engaging day-by-day projects, worksheets, activities, and reading and writing quests designed to keep kids reading, thinking, and learning even when not in school. Content is organized by grade-level for students Pre-K to 9th grade.

TED-Ed: This non-profit education platform offers free access to a library of TED Talks covering a wide variety of subjects, original animated videos, and interactive lessons created by teachers from around the world. Educators and parents can create custom lessons built around any of the 3,400+ TED Talks including videos, questions, and discussion prompts.