Parents

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Welcome Parents!

Your child is important to us.  Here at Sonoma County Library we strive to provide an array of engaging resources, exciting programs, and to encourage the lifelong joy of reading and learning.

Get a library card today!  (español) Library cards are free, available at all our library branches, and give you and your child access to books, music, movies, and much, much more!

Our libraries provide more than books.  Each library branch presents a variety of programs and events: story times for babies, toddlers, and preschool children; craft programs; puppet shows; the very full and exciting Summer Reading Program, and more.

The Library respects the right of each person to choose his or her own books and other items. While Children's Services Librarians are available to suggest age-appropriate and appealing materials, parents may wish to monitor their children's choices. We do not restrict children's access to any library resources, including online. Sonoma County Library has a wide and varied collection serving the interests, values, and needs of our diverse community.

Help your child have a safe, enjoyable visit to the library...Please make sure that your child can get home from the library safely. Arrange for your children to walk or have transportation home before the library closes. It can be frightening and possibly dangerous for children to wait outside the library by themselves.Please make sure that your child can contact you. Children may use the library phone for emergencies only. Make sure that your child knows her (or his) address, your phone number and the number of another adult who can provide a ride home in an emergency. Remember, the library does not keep personal emergency information for your child.Children 7 or younger must be supervised by a parent or responsible caregiver. They should not be left unattended. Often, even older children are uncomfortable when left alone in the library.Even the most well-behaved child may become restless, hungry, or tired if left for long periods of time. Disruptive children will be asked to leave the library.Help your children take good care of the books and other library materials they borrow and return them on time so others can use them. Parents are responsible for any charges on their children's records for lost, damaged or late materials.

Find the best fit for your kids

Have you ever picked up a book and wondered if it was scary, fast paced, funny or similar to another book your child likes? Have you heard about educational apps but are just not sure where to start? Explore the links below for help on figuring out what's best for YOUR child. 

Novelist k-8
Novelist K-8 Plus
 
Is a wonderful resource that gives information about book reading levels, read a-likes and style of writing. It also includes full reviews on many books as well as showing awards a book may have won.  

Common Sense Media 
This website investigates movies, books, music, TV, apps, websites and more to inform you on what you need to know about what you kids are watching, reading and listening to. 

AASL Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2014
This annual list, curated by the American Association of School Librarians, selects apps of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The apps are organized by categories including Books; Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM); Organization & Management; Social Sciences; and Content Creation.

Apps for Children With Special Needs (a4cwsn)
This organization is committed to helping the families, therapists, and educators of children with special needs of educators to look at how app products that are designed to educate children and build their life skills really work from a user perspective.

Digital Storytime
A children's book app review site that you can sort by age level, quality, file size, price, etc., to help you find the right apps for what you need.

Imagination Soup’s 24 Literacy Learning Apps for Kids
Imagination Soup’s 42 STEM iPad Apps for Kids
Teacher and education blogger Melissa Taylor has compiled recommended lists of the best apps that offer opportunities for practice, repetition and encouragement of skills for toddlers, preschoolers, elementary-age, and special needs kids.

Little eLit: Young Children, New Media & Libraries
LittleeLit Pinterest Pages
Little eLit is a community of librarians across the country that works together to share information about the incorporation of new media into libraries. Visit the main page for thoughtful articles and app reviews, or visit the Pinterest page for curated collections of recommended apps by age.

School Library Journal’s Top 10 Apps of 2014
SLJ shares its top apps of the year from those reviewed in its monthly professional journal, representing the range and variety of materials available for children and teens.