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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.

This resource may only be used within the libraryThis image indicates a resource that may only be used while connected to Lake County Public Library's internet (including wireless). You may use our public computers for access, or connect to our wireless using your own device (laptop, phone, tablet, etc) while in the building.

Reading With Your Kids:

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This resource may only be used within the libraryABCmouse.com

With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’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

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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Talking TumbleBooks

A database of audiobooks for school-age kids separated into fiction, nonfiction, plays, poetry, Spanish books, and children's books. No need to download - listen online!

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Teen Book Cloud

eBooks for middle school and high school students. Selection covers the classics, plays, poetry, graphic novels, and much more! Read straight from your browser.

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TumbleBook Cloud Junior

Read-along eBooks with professional narration and eBooks kids can read themselves. Designed for kids in early elementary school.

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TumbleBookLibrary

Animated, talking picture books for kids in elementary school!

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WorldCat

A combined catalog for libraries across the United States

TumbleBook of the Day (by Indiana State Library and Tumblebooks)

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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Creativebug

Over a thousand classes for makers, crafters, learners, and hobbysits! Learn to knit a new stitch, make a holiday wreath, sew a pie carrier, paint with acrylics, and much, much more. You will need a Full Access or Digital Access card to log in.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. Search by keyword (ex: "genealogy") to narrow results
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General OneFile

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

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Health and Wellness Resource Center

Search for remedies for specific symptoms, keep up with health topics in the news, and read up on various diseases and conditions.

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Health Reference eBooks

eBooks and encyclopedias of various diseases and health concerns.

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Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Find fun crafts to do with your kids! Also contains craft information for adults (knitting, scrapbooking, beading, etc).

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INSPIRE

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

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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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Lynda.com

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.

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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.