Kids & Families

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Kids 0-5 can sign up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge. Research shows that the more you read with your child or the children in your life, the better prepared they'll be for future school success. In the 1,000 Books for Kindergarten Challenge, you can read a book once or multiple times. Kids will receive a prize for the 500 and 1000 milestones.

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Class Visits

Interested in a class field trip to the library? To make sure your visit is a success, please:

  • Schedule your trip in advance. We want to be prepared for your group so we can provide the level of service and attention you deserve.
  • Decide what activities you would like included in the visit. For example, we can do a storytime, library orientation, book talk, or scavenger hunt.
  • Discuss appropriate library behavior with your students in advance.
  • (Optional) Send library card applications home with students a couple weeks before the visit. Applications must be signed by the parent and returned to the library one week prior to the visit to ensure adequate processing time. Applications are available in English and Spanish.
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Early Learning Kits

Play & Learn Boxes: For ages 0-3, these themed kits include board books, a toy or music CD, and a collection of songs and rhymes for you to share with your little ones. 

Preschool Packs: For ages 4-6, these themed packs include several books and a toy, game, and/or DVD. 

Ready Reader Packs: For beginning or struggling readers, these packs include several beginning reader books, word family manipulatives, and sight word flash cards.

Resources for Students


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Reference, Research, Marketing, Mailing Lists/Sales Leads, and Job-Search Database.

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Discovery Education

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Free learning resources for teachers, parents and students from Discovery Education.

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Great site for students, teachers and parents to find out more about anything they want to know!

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Gale eBooks

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Contains 25 full-text encyclopedias and reference sets on general and special topics useful for school, college, or general information.

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New Books for Kids