Resources for Parents
Brooklyn Public Library offers the parents of babies, kids and teens a wide array of resources and services, both in our libraries and on the web. Go to Books & Beyond for information on how to get your child a library card, great book lists for babies to teens, and other resources like online encyclopedias. Check out our Parenting Links for helpful websites to help child become a life-long learner. KidZone and TeenZone are great places for your child to start exploring all the services the Library has to offer.
Every year, Brooklyn Public Library offers thousands of programs for babies, children and teens, including story times, after-school homework help, arts and crafts programs, and more. Search our calendar of events for times and locations.
A Learning Child is a Moving Child: Parent & Child Workshops
Love to move? Then move to learn! Join us for a playful, participatory workshop for young children and their parents or caregivers with Gill Connell, author of A Moving Child Is a Learning Child. Gill is a globally-recognized expert in the field of early childhood movement and play and the critical role it plays in preparing young children for learning. Learn how you can create a well-balanced daily diet of movement and play for your child. This is a participatory parent/caregiver workshop with Q & A to follow. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket at the Children's Reference Desk on the morning of the program. Flyer.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Central Library, Dweck Lobby
- Workshop for babies (12 months & younger) and their parents/caregivers, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- Workshop for children 1-3 years and their parents/caregivers, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Parenting Workshops at The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs provide a forum for discussion of topical issues. Guest experts speak on education, advocacy, discipline, medical issues, language development, and many other topics.
- Helping Your Child Be a Self-Advocate (PDF) Thursday, March 27 10am -12pm Info Commons Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Resources for Parents
Links to databases, websites and forums to support learning at home: http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/parents-teachers/home-schooling-resources
First Five Years (birth-5)
In the first five years of life, nearly 50% of a child's learning occurs. Early reading experiences lay the foundation for future learning to come. Through experiences with books in language-rich environments, young children develop the skills they will need to be successful in school and life. First Five Years is Brooklyn Public Library's innovative early literacy initiative. Please visit the First Five Years site for information on reading to your baby, songs and rhymes, and First Five Years events.
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Ready, Set, Kindergarten! programs (3 - 5 years)
In this special six session series, families will enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning skills. Exploring literacy, science, and math through music, stories, and play will help you and your child get ready for school! Programs begin March 8 at libraries throughout Brooklyn.
Flyer for weekend programs at select BPL Locations.
Flyer for weekday evening programs at the Midwood Library.
Flyer for weekday morning programs at the Ryder Library.
Common Core Standards
Find tips and resources to understand the Common Core Standards and how to support your child's learning.
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The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs (birth-12)
At Brooklyn Public Library, there's a place where all children can relax, play and have fun. The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs provides unique programs for children with and without disabilities from birth to age 12. Programs include after-school story time, toys for tots, parenting workshops and hospital storytelling.
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Homework Help (grades k-12)
BPL offers access to many great sites for homework help. In addition, check our calendar of events for after-school homework help, tutoring, and other educational opportunities. Don't forget about BPL's rich collection of online encyclopedias and databases for help with tricky research assignments.
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Databases for Kids >
Homework Help for Teens >
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Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) Summer Camp
Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) offers summer programs for kids that take advantage of the incredible resources of our six institutions: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park and Prospect Park Zoo. Adventurers take part in hands-on experiences -- projects, games, and explorations -- that weave connections between art, world culture, literature, history, nature and science. And NEW in 2014: BCAP for teens! A 6-week program for ages 13-17, with a stipend. More Info >
Brooklyn Coloring Book (all ages)
Services for Older Adults
- Helpful links for caregivers of older adults.
- We offer many special programs and events especially tailored for the 55+ audience. These include lectures, films, performances and educational programs that reflect the wide interests of today's older adults. Click Here for more information.
Resources for Teens
Additional Ways to Graduate
Is your teen looking for additional ways to graduate from high school? If so, see the Department of Education's page "Help for Students Exploring Other Ways to Graduate".
Teens lead busy lives and often find themselves juggling homework and their social lives all while planning for the future. Luckily BPL offers a wide range of resources, programs, and services to support teens from SAT practice tests to meaningful volunteer opportunities. When it's time to relax they can read the latest graphic novels, hang out at Teen Time, or rock out on Guitar Hero at our gaming programs. Search our calendar of events for programs at your neighborhood library.
See Scholastic's TeenBeing blog for adults responsible for guiding, raising, teaching, or being a role model for teenagers.