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  • Parent Resources

Parent Resources

    Parent/Teacher Collection

    Because parenting and teaching are two of the most important and most difficult jobs in the world, the library makes every effort to provide resources to support our parents and teachers. The Kids section at the Main Library includes a special Parent/Teacher collection with materials on a broad assortment of issues and interests. Topics include child development, activities to do with children, early literacy development ideas for parents and teachers, curriculum tie-ins, lesson plans by subject or theme, STEM activities, unit guides, parenting special needs children, behavior management for home and school, and games to play with children.

    Interfiled with our Parent/Teacher titles are picture books covering similar topics such as emotions, starting school, new siblings, bullying, death, potty training, manners, and more. Titles for children have a light blue sticker over the spine label on the book.

    For more information about the Parent/Teacher collection, visit the Main Library or call our Youth Services Department at 317.814.3992.

    Parent-Teacher Collection

    Early Literacy and School Readiness

    Learn more about our programs, collections, and services for helping prepare young children for future learning.


    These are fiction picture books with audio narration through either an attached rechargeable preloaded player or a CD. Additional titles can be found interfiled with nonfiction, biography, and beginning readers.

    For more readalong fun, ask us how to access read-along ebooks in our Hoopla and Libby digital collections.


    Beginning Readers

    If you have a child who is learning to read, the library's Beginning Reader collection is a great resource. Beginning reader books contain controlled vocabulary, supportive illustrations, and clear story lines that are perfect for beginning readers, whether they are just starting out or are ready for the challenge of a short chapter book. The colored dots on books in this collection can be a helpful guide as you choose books that your child will enjoy. Click here for a handy guide to which color dot matches each level.

    Reading together at the library

    Book a Librarian

    Looking for expert tips on selecting books and other resources that your child will love? Schedule a one-on-one Book a Librarian session with one of our Youth Services librarians. Learn more about Book a Librarian here.