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Additional resources recommended by library staff:
- Baby Center - Provides resources for the journey of parenthood.
- UF IFAS Parenting - Evidence-based parenting advice
- Fatherly - A resource for people who want to be great fathers.
- Parent Toolkit - This one-stop resource developed with parents in mind includes information about every aspect of your child's development.
- Too Small to Fail - Promotes the importance of early language and brain development.
- Understood - A site for learning and attention issues. Get personalized recommendations for your child.
- Vroom - Learn how to turn shared moments into brain-building moments.
Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library
There are five early literacy practices parents and caregivers can use to engage with small children.
- Talking: Talking with your children helps them learn oral language, which is one of the most critical early literacy skills. Children learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining in the conversation.
- Singing: Continue to develop language skills with singing. Music slows down language so children can hear the different word sounds. Singing also helps children learn new words and information.
- Reading: Reading together develops vocabulary and comprehension, nurtures a love for reading, and motivates children to want to learn to read. It’s also a perfect time to cuddle, which demonstrates that reading is a comforting activity.
- Writing: Children become aware that printed letters stand for spoken words as they see print used in their daily lives.
- Playing: Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. Activities involving play help children put thoughts into words and talk about what they are doing.
Join us for story time where we share stories, songs and rhymes, and more.
Keeping Safe Online
Ten Internet Safety Tips
- Let your parents or guardian know where you go on the Internet. Show them your favorite websites.
- Use good manners and always be polite in chat and email, and on social media. Let your parents or guardian know if someone else is rude or uses bad language.
- Your name, address, phone number and the name of your school is all personal information. Don’t share any personal information unless your parents or guardian say it is okay.
- Don't send any pictures of yourself or open pictures that you get in email unless your parents or guardian say it's okay.
- Show your parents or guardian any emails from people you don’t know before you open them.
- Ask your parents or guardian before taking any surveys or entering contests.
- Tell your parents or guardian about friends that you meet on the Internet.
- Don't visit friends you have met on the Internet unless your parents or guardian come with you.
- Don't borrow words or pictures you find on the Internet to use for your homework, unless your parents, guardian, or teacher tells you it’s okay.
- If you see a picture or read anything that makes you feel scared or upset, turn off your computer monitor and get your parents or guardian.