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Stories and Activities:
 
This site has story books for listening and reading. The great feature of this site is for several of the books, the narration can be changed into many different languages, from Arabic to Vietnamese
 
Everyone's favorite gang has games, videos, and activities to share.
 
A website with games and activities from Scholastic. Characters include Clifford the Big Red Dog, Magic Schoolbus, and I Spy. Lots of fun from a leader in children's publishing.
 
Another Scholastic website geared towards older readers. Learn about the latest books for ages 8-12 as well as games and videos. 
 
The ICDL Foundation promotes tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children's literature from around the world. This site has books in MANY MANY languages!
 
This is a wonderful website for practicing your letters and letter sounds.
 
A terrific site with stories read by actors from the Screen Actors' Guild.
 
A site with online stories and activities. Available in English and Spanish. 
 
PBS Kids is a leader in children's educational television programming. You can find videos, games and online storybooks.  The show Word World is especially useful for practicing your letter sounds and following directions. There are also parent resources and tips on parenting, birthday parties and kids activities. 
 
The online home for all things Harry Potter! Have you discovered your patronus yet?
 
DK Find Out! is a general interest site with fun facts, quizzes, games, and activities on a wide variety of topics such as dinosaurs, space, and transportation!
 
Using their art and your words, create books to share online and in print. 
 

Peep and the Big Wide World

Fun math and science games/videos from everyone's favorite chick, Peep.

 
Information For Parents:
 
With your library card you can borrow books, videos, DVDs, CDs, large print books, audio cassettes, circulating magazines, and more! You can also use library computers for Internet access. Cardholders can use most of the library's online electronic resources 24/7 from any location where they have an Internet connection.
 
Duolingo helps you learn new vocabulary and grammar through interactive games and quizzes both online and on their easy-to-use mobile app. This site can help speakers of other languages learn English with directions in their native language. And it's all free!
 
A bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners. 

These bilingual parent resources offer tips on helping your child learn to read, succeed in school, and learn a new language. They also provide information about the U.S. school system and share ideas on how to build a relationship with your child’s teacher and school. In addition, you can find fun reading tips and games, bilingual booklists, ideas for using the public library, and videos of children’s authors, illustrators, and musicians. Resources are organized by topic.

 

Khan Academy

Math, computer programming, grammar, test prep - there is so much to learn for free here.  This is a wonderful website if you need help when trying to assist your child with their math homework!! And did I mention it's all free?

 

Storyblocks

Storyblocks is a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, working in partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Services. It is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents and caregivers some songs, rhymes and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood.  Each video clip includes helpful early literacy tips. There are videos in many languages including English, Vietnamese, Russian and Arabic.

 

 

Websites for Kids in Spanish:

 

Disney Junior Latino

Our Favorite Disney characters - in Spanish!

 

Plaza Sesamo

The beloved Sesame Street bunch in Spanish! Presents videos, games and information for parents. Plaza Sésamo presenta muchas actividades divertidas y educativas, incluyendo videos y juegos. Hay información útil para los padres también.

 

Storyplace in Spanish

Stories and games in Spanish.

 

Social Studies and Current Events:

 

Ben's Guide to the US Government

With sections for ages 4-8, 9-13, and 14+, this site helps kids learn a little bit about our US Government in a fun way. Young children can learn about our symbols, songs and structures, the election process, the branches of government, and more.

 

Time For Kids

Authentic journalism to motivate and inform kids. 

 

NJ State History

This website teaches students about the history and social studies of the great state of New Jersey.

 

Kids in the House

Learn all about the legislative brance of the US Government.  Created by the Office of the Clerk of the US House of Representatives, Kids in the House covers a wide range of topic about the House of Representatives and the legislative process.  Includes sections for young learners to high school.

 

 

Animal Fun and Science:

 

Switch Zoo

Play animal games, solve animal puzzles, take a guided tour, and join a zoo quest while you make new animals at this virtual zoo.

 

San Diego Zoo

Take a virtual trip to the San Diego Zoo! You can find pictures of all the animals at the zoo, or watch videos or live animal cams. There are also games and activities on this site. Most suited for elementary age kids, but younger kids might enjoy the pictures and videos.

 

National Geographic for Kids

Nat Geo Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through apps, games, videos and more! Animals, space, experiments - this world class science organization has it all for the budding scientist!

 

Catch the Science Bug

Solve science puzzles, do your own scientific investigations, or just learn more about what scientists do at work.

 

NASA Space Place

If you love space, this is the place to be to learn all about it.

 

Science Bob

An experiment packed site with some seriously fun science info.

 

Fun and Games:

 

Fun Brain

Practice math and reading with these fun games! Appropriate for K-8 kids.

 

ABC Ya!

A website with great educational games for Pre-K-5 Grades. The kids love this one!

 

Cookie

Lots of fun learning games to practice letters, math, and much more

 

Arcademic Skill Builders

Another website with great educational games - math, language arts, spelling, and thinking skills.

 

Free Rice

Practice vocabulary. For each answer you get right, our sponsors send the cash equivalent of 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme, who use it to save and change lives. You can change levels and categories too.