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Parent Resources

We've divided these resources into two sections: information for parents, and reading with your kids.

You might also want to check out our events calendar. You can filter these events to see only children's events by clicking "Age Group" at the top of the list and choosing the ages you wish to see.

Tutorials: How to Use These Resources

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With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities,’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc.

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EBSCO eBooks

Find several databases dedicated to literature and reading, including some with recommended reading by grade level and reading lists for all ages.

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NoveList Plus

If you liked X, read Y! This database contains recommended reading lists based on interest and also allows you to search by keyword, genre, and author to find your next great read.

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A combined catalog for libraries across the United States

Can't Find It?

If you can't find what you're looking for in any of our databases, give your local library a call. They can help you figure out which databases would be most helpful to you to further research your topic.

If you'd like to ask a librarian, but it's after library hours, just head over to our Ask a Librarian page! This form lets you contact us at any time of day or night. We'll get you an answer within 24 business hours. Happy researching!

Information, Activities, and Other Ideas for Parents:

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Ask Rose

Ask Rose is a website for math and science homework help for Indiana students in grades 6-12. Live chat with a tutor or call 1-877-ASK-ROSE. The program is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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Consumer Reports

Formed in 1936, ConsumerReports is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering you to make informed choices about the products you buy. Read articles on product safety, unbiased reviews of popular products from kitchen appliances to baby clothes, get shopping tips, and more. View Tutorial

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Over a thousand classes for makers, crafters, learners, and hobbyits! Learn to knit a new stitch, make a holiday wreath, sew a pie carrier, paint with acrylics, and much, much more. 

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General OneFile

Contains articles from newspapers and magazines from around the world. Searchable by audience, keyword, or publication title.



A searchable database of databases, free to all Indiana residents. INSPIRE works at any LCPL location, but you can also create an account confirming your Indiana residency for home access. More info on home access


LCPL Catalog

Our very own catalog contains helpful materials for getting started in your research. Find Indiana-specific records and indexes, encyclopedias, newspapers, and more!

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Legal Forms Library (Gale)

Find sample forms and actual forms available for use – examples include adoption forms, divorce forms, and landlord/tenant forms. View Tutorial

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LinkedIn Learning (Formerly

A library of video courses taught by industry experts. Learn business, software, technology, and creative skills! Take courses in 3D animation, music production, marketing, programming languages, and more. View tutorial

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NWI 211

Support for residents of Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper, Starke, and Pulaski Counties. Find info on emergency food, health care, shelter, foreclosure assistance, and more. Or, dial 2-1-1 to speak with a trained specialist.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Presents the different sides of current events from several magazines and newspapers.