Online Resources

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Audiobooks and E-books

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Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.  Use BookFlix for FREE with your library card.  Click the BookFlix icon to login to access the library of over 50 themes, with over 100 e-books and e-audiobooks for children in preschool to Grade 3.


scholastic scienceflixEmphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix® is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.

OverDrive LogoOverDrive: LION Kids Digital Collection ­– OverDrive is a free service offered by the Meriden Public Library that lets you borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from our digital collection for kids of all ages.  Use OverDrive for FREE with your library card.  Click the OverDrive icon to login and access a large collection of e-books and e-audiobooks including picture books, chapter books and graphic novels for children up to grade 8.Other sources for online e-book or e-audiobooks

general hoopla banner2018 Hoopla Digital allows you to access eBooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, and music with your Library Card. There’s not wait for items available on Hoopla! They also have a “Kids” section to find the best family friendly materials.

Booklists and Recommendations

Novelist Plus – Use this database of books to search for books for children.   Book summaries include Lexile levels, guidance on readalikes of popular authors and series, and more to help parents/educators find appropriate books.   Login with your library card to use this FREE resource.

New York Times Bestsellers Lists – Weekly summary of bestselling books. Scroll down for lists of bestselling Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult and Series books.

NPR Children’s Books Reviews – Use this link to get more information about children’s books highlighted on National Public Radio.

READKIDDOREAD – A website created by James Patterson to help parents and educators connect their children with the books that will turn them into lifelong readers.

International Children’s Digital Library – The ICDL is a growing collection of FREE children’s e-books written in one of 61 different languages.  Check it out!

Homework Help

WordCentral – Merriam-Webster’s Word Central offers kids a student dictionary, Daily Buzzword, and interactive word games.

Study Jams – This easy-to-use teaching tool will help you introduce and reinforce more than 200 important topics in math and science through fun interactive activities.

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Internet Safety

NetSmartz Workshop Kids – NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

Parenting Resources

Meriden Board of Education – The official website of the Meriden, Connecticut Public Schools and the City of Meriden Board of Education. Parents, family members, students, staff and the public can use this site as an informative online resource for information on each of the schools, specific departments of the BOE, and other valuable resources.

Meriden Children’s First –   The Meriden Children First Initiative (CFI) supports the health, development and early learning of children.  CFI works with a variety of community partners to sponsor parent leadership trainings, publish useful research and information, and connect families with community resources.

Homeschool Resources

HSLDA – Home School Legal Defense Association – Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms.

Homeschool Central – The place to find all of the homeschool resources you need including curriculum choices, support groups, and how to home school.

Homeschool Info – The goal of this website is to educate parents about homeschooling and the necessary requirements for achieving maximum success with the homeschool curriculum experience.

Homeschool World – Home of Mary Pride’s Practical Homeschooling magazine and homeschooling community. Has a large number of articles, news, online experts, and up-to-date events list.

Fun & Games

Youngzine – Youngzine is a one-of-a-kind Web site where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world — in a simple, engaging and interactive manner.

Discovery Kids in Spanish – Videos and games featuring favorite characters from Discovery Kids. Also includes helpful information for parents.  (En español.) Videos y juegos que presentan sus personajes favoritos de Discovery Kids. Incluye también información útil para los padres.

Kidzone with the New York Philharmonic – Discover the world of the New York Philharmonic and go backstage to learn about their music and instruments. Explore famous composers, play games, and create music of your own.

Lawrence Hall of Science – The Lawrence Hall of Science is UC Berkeley’s public science center; 24/7 Science is the kids page, which includes a variety of science experiments and activities, as well as games and citizen science opportunities.

Mocomi – Mocomi is a fresh approach to content for kids with the perfect blend of fun and learning that helps the left and the right brained child learn through experiences.

PBS Kids Lab – This is where PBS Kids debuts their newest games—including some that are in development and in beta testing mode, to help develop math and reading skills.

PBS Kids Lab in Spanish – (En español.)  Juegos y actividades que desarrollan habilidades de matemáticas y lectura.
Games and activities that help develop math and reading skills.

SciGirls – A PBS site for girls interested in science. SciGirls includes games, project ideas, videos and more.