There are plenty of resources that libraries provide especially for kids! You can find them both by walking into your local library or on the Internet. Want to know more?

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Education Resources

  • Ready to Read at New York Libraries
    An initiative of the New York State Education Department designed to improve and expand the availability of high quality public library early learning services in local communities across the State. Through this initiative, families and caregivers will be provided with the knowledge needed to prepare their young children for their school years ahead. Check out their list of resources here.
  • Engage NY
    Developed by the New York State Education Department and is the official web site for current materials and resources related to the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. This comprehensive site describes itself as reflecting “the most current materials and resources available for educators”. It also includes parent and family resources.
  • Common Core and New York Libraries
  • Libraries and the Common Core Learning Standards
  • NOVELNY and the Common Core

Homework Help

  • Ben’s Guide to U. S. Government
    You can select from grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12 to find lots of historical documents, games and activities, links to other government web sites and information about how our President is elected.
  • BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper
    You can find links to over 625 sites on topics including art, computers, current events, English, foreign Languages, health and physical education, history, math, music, reference, science, search engines and social studies.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
    This is the complete version of the Encyclopedia Britannica plus lots of links to other sites on the topics covered.
    Homework help, science fair projects, math, history, English & more. Elementary school, middle school and high school students will all find lots of information here.
  • infoplease
    This very current site will let you search an encyclopedia, dictionary and several almanacs.


Internet and Technology

  • Sammy’s Guide to Internet Safety
    A colorful, clear, and interactive website designed by ATT&T to teach kids what should and shouldn’t be shared online.


Podcasts for kids

You might listen to streaming audio all the time, but there are plenty of entertaining and educational podcasts available for free that kids can listen to on car rides, at home, or anywhere!

Downloadable Audiobooks for Kids

Our downloadable audiobooks recently added iPod compatible titles, and there are many good titles for children. To see what’s available, click here to open a new search window. To find out more about downloadable audiobooks, visit our how-to page. While it’s great for you kids to listen to stories, you can pick up the print book too, so your child can read along.

Downloadable Ebooks for Kids

Many of our downloadable ebooks are great for children, and can be read on computers, e-readers and tablets. To see what’s available, click here. You already have those smart devices, so doesn’t it make sense to make them learning tools for your kids?

Reading to Dogs

Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears, as a result, kids can learn to read faster.  Animals are ideal reading companions because they:

  • Help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure
  • Listen attentively
  • Do not judge, laugh or criticize
  • Allow children to proceed at their own pace
  • Are less intimidating than peers
  • Therapy Animals
  • Reading Education Assistance Dogs
    Get training packets and everything you need to get started with a dog therapy program at this site.  The mission of the R.E.A.D. program is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy mentors.