Kids' Resources for Parents

The goal of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is to encourage parents/caregivers to read to their young children to help develop language and reading skills as well as creating a bonding experience through reading. The program is coordinated through libraries, but parents are the ones who are responsible for keeping track of the number of books read. Participating libraries provide information to parents/caregivers about the program along with reading records, bookmarks, milestone achievement stickers, etc.

For library staff: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (Program Instructions PDF) – Contact Karen Batchelder (563-5190 ext. 20) to request materials.

Useful Links

“When making decisions about your health, it’s important to know where to go to get the latest, most reliable information. healthfinder.gov has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet.”
“CHADD has three current priority objectives: (1) to serve as a clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD, (2) to serve as a local face-to-face family support group for families and individuals affected by ADHD, and (3) to serve as an advocate for appropriate public policies and public recognition in response to needs faced by families and individuals with ADHD.”
“Our purpose is to provide online mental health and wellness education. Our hope is to spread awareness through advocacy of mental health by providing scientifically accurate and up-to-date coverage of mental health and illness topics. We intend to educate, catalog and provide mental health information that compliments, but does not replace, the medical advice of personal medical professionals. Our service is freely available and intended for both laypeople and professionals. Online since 1995, MentalHelp.net has been the recipient of many awards and citations. We offer detailed and comprehensive coverage of mental health and illness articles (such as Addiction, Depression, ADHD, and Personality Disorders).”
Tips for discussing difficult topics with your children.
“If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak," you've come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.”

Staff Picks

When our director's granddaughter was born, library staff around the North Country recommended their favorite books to start her off. See what they picked!

Sites to Try with your Kids:

Here are some sites that will help you to teach your children how to use the Internet safely:
This is a great website to visit as a family to make your New Years Resolutions about safe use of the Internet. Families Online Week is Dec. 26 - Jan. 2.
This site from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has lots of information on how to safely navigate the Internet. Parents will also want to bookmark www.missingkids.com where they can report e-mail addresses for anyone who contacts their child inappropriately, chatroom or newsgroup names for child pornography or any web addresses for inappropriate sites. This segment is sponsored by the Post Office, Customs Service and F.B.I.
 
 
For Help With Parenting Issues Other Than the Internet, Try:
Part of a nationwide program to provide information to caregivers about resources available to them and the children in their care. Kincare is child care provided to children by family members other than the birth parents. This care is usually provided by a grandparent and these children would usually be in the foster care system If these family members were not caring for them.
Check this site to find some fun activities to do with your kids and some wonderful suggestions for dealing with problems!
Almost any subject you can think of is probably covered here. You can find links to good books to read for children, product safety recalls, child health information and sections for both mothers and fathers.
How to choose a children's book, and information on National Children's Book Week (November 13-19, 2000) can be found on this site. There is also a list of authors and illustrators that everyone should know.

 

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