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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 Merchants' Square 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 Merchants' Square Main Library or call our Youth Services Department at 317.844.3363.


    Beginning Readers

    If you have a child who is learning to read, the library's Beginning Reader collection (R Fiction) 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 Rockets ( is a great resource for parents. It provides reading tips, book lists, and advice, including the "Selecting Books for Your Child" guide to help you determine if a book is too easy, too hard, or just right for your child.

    The Reading Resources webpage from the U.S. Department of Education provides links to online brochures and books with information about kids and reading from early childhood to elementary school.