The Children’s Department provides resources for parents/caregivers. We have parent specific magazines, a parent bookshelf, and programs for you and your child.
We recently reworked the parenting collection to make it easier to find the books relevant to you. Instead of confusing and inconsistent Dewey Decimal System call numbers, our parenting collection is now broken up into ten browsing categories: General, Pregnancy, Development, Physical Health, Mental Health, Disabilities, Family, Education, Life Skills, and Technology. Read more about it in our Parent Shelf Brochure (printed copies available at the library).
Hoopla is now available for Guilford Free Library patrons! Hoopla instantly delivers thousands of free movies, television shows, music, and audiobooks for streaming on your computer or for temporary download to smartphones, tablets, and Apple TV. All you need is your Guilford library card. Please click the Hoopla image to sign up for free. Contains content for all ages. It is recommended that parents monitor the media consumption of their children and select materials to download from the appropriate age categories. Hoopla does provide a “child mode” that limits content access to materials Hoopla has deemed suitable for young children.
ConnecticutHistory.org – A program from Connecticut Humanities that brings local history to life.
ConneCT Kids – The official State of Connecticut website for children, for state history, symbols, government and more, made easy and fun for kids to explore.
American Library Association Learning Apps for Kids
Spark Action-one-stop shop for news and tools to make a difference in the lives of children and youth
Common Sense Media: a non-partisan, non-commerical organization, providing trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can see what others think about the media they consume.
News Literacy Project: a national education nonprofit offering nonpartisan, independent programs that teach students how to know what to believe in the digital age. Learn how to tell fake news from accurate reporting.
Bookshare: A free resource for people with reading disabilities, such as physical or learning disabilities. Sign up with them to get access to thousands of books in disability-friendly formats, including braille, audio, and large print.
KidsHealth: How the Body Works – Outstanding, easy-to-navigate advice and information on health, fitness, sports, and nutrition is provided by Nemours, a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of young people. Also offers links to valuable resources for parents and teachers.
Epoint Plus – Select ebooks for children. Log in with the username: guilfordlibrary and the password: books to access these titles. Tell us if you prefer this platform for ebooks so we can better serve your needs in the future.
Politifact: Fact-checks quotes and headlines in American politics with independence, fairness, transparency, thorough reporting, and clear writing. Remains a non-partisan non-profit education organization.
Boredom Buster – Pinboard site of unplugged activities submitted by other parents, sortable by age, indoor/outdoor, and number of players.
Money as You Grow – Resources for parents and caregivers to talk to their children and teach them about managing money from an early age up through the teen and young adult years.
Homeschooling websites with lists of local organizations and resources:
The Homeschool Mom
Thames Valley 4-H