Parent and Teacher Resources

A picture of a man on laptop.

Welcome to the Parent and Teacher Resources page. You will find basic information on topics of high interest to parents and caregivers. Please contact the Children’s Department for additional assistance at 978-686-4080 ext. 26.

These resources will provide a wide variety of information on the topic of literacy development in children.

  • Series Books in Order
    Find out which book comes next in your favorite series (from the Mid-Continent Public Library).
  • Reading Rockets
    Resources for reading, writing, talking, and exploring all year long.
  • Colorín Colorado
    Colorín Colorado is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and families of English language learners (ELLs).
  • Reading is Fundamental
    Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) has collected a wealth of experience in literacy education. We have some great advice for educators dedicated to getting every child to read with confidence and to the best of his or her ability.
  • Starfall
    A phonics-based website that will support any reading curriculum. There is no advertising, and they do not collect any personal information from children.
  • Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR)
    This parent education initiative by the Public Library Association stresses that early literacy begins at birth. Parents, caregivers and other adults in your child’s life help develop your child’s early literacy skills. So relax, have fun! Read, talk, sing, write and play with your child every day.
  • Preschool Book Lists
    Download a fun and engaging list of age-appropriate books for preschoolers.

Becoming a parent and raising a child can be very rewarding. Here are some websites to keep you up–to-date with the latest research in early childhood.

  • Ages & Stages
    This is a handy collection of fact sheets pertaining to your child’s development milestones from birth to age 5. These sheets are available in English and Spanish.
  • Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University
    Research and videos about how to develop a promising future for young children and families.
  • Need to find Childcare? Licensed MA Childcare Providers
    A comprehensive list of center based and family care providers in Massachusetts. The Department of Early Education and Care publishes a geographically-searchable online directory of licensed child care programs across the state. Some licensed programs elect to not be listed in the online directory.
  • Tufts University Child and Family Web Guide
    There is a rich collection of information on parenting, child development, education, health concerns, child care, and more. Parenting video clips provide real examples of techniques to model with your children.
  • Vroom
    Leaders in neuroscience, psychology, behavioral economics, parenting and early childhood development provide information on this website. Parents and caregivers are provided with ways to boost their child’s early learning.
  • Zero to Three
    This nonprofit organization provides current research findings to support the health and development of babies and toddlers from birth to age three.

Resources for Understanding Learning Disabilities

Technology Resources
We all like to use technology for fun and to make our lives easier. But, sometimes we can run into challenges if we’re not careful or prepared. The list of links below can help parents and kids learn about using the internet, texting, cyberbullying, and staying safe online.

  • ARTHUR’s Guide to Media Literacy
    This guide is designed to help teachers and caregivers discuss media literacy issues with kids. Each lesson uses a different ARTHUR episode to launch a guided discussion and classroom activities based on a particular media literacy theme.
  • Common Sense Media
    Common Sense Media is an independent nonprofit organization that provides independent reviews, age ratings, and other information about all types of media.
  • Family Time with Apps: A Guide for Using Apps with Your Kids
    A report on the best practices for app use with children.
  • Great Websites for Kids
    The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, sponsors this compilation of recommended websites for children covering a wide range of topics for school projects and fun, creative activities.
  • Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius
    PBS character Ruff Ruffman explores digital media literacy with animated movies clips and interactive features to help kids make good decisions about texting, sharing photos, and other topics.

Get Helpful Tips about Internet Safety
Be proactive. Learn more about the Federal Government’s recommendations for online safety and digital citizenship for kids, teens, and parents. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children also has some great tips for online safety.

Curriculum Support
Contact us if you need multiple copies of the same book for small literature circles. We can gather books, videos, DVDs and magazines that will support your lessons.

Please pick up your items at the circulation desk located on the main floor of the library.

Classroom Visits & Library Card Sign Up Events
We are always happy to offer literacy support to your students. Events can include such things as liberary card sign-up days, book talks to promote fresh, fun and interesting books, and themed read-aloud story times.

We are also always interested in hearing new ideas about different ways we can work together.