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Resources For Parents

Child Care And School Resources

Accelerated Reader BookFinder Search for the right Accelerated Reader book for your child with this free online tool.

ALA Great Web Sites For Kids  Excellent sites for young people evaluated by the Association for Library Service to Children.

Great Start for Kids  Michigan's initiative to foster school readiness and life success for children. Sign up to receive Great Starts Here an online quarterly emagazine.

Home Access Center Allows MPS parents and students to view student registration, scheduling, attendance, assignment, and grade information.

MeL Books and Reading Gateway Collection of resources to enhance reading choices for adults and children.

MeL Kids Gateway Collection of resources to enhance reading and provide resources for kids homework assignments.

Michigan Department of Human Services Statewide Childcare Search Search this statewide database for child day care centers and homes.

Picture Parent Online Everything you need to support your Picture Parent teaching experience.

Starfall Kindergarten Reading and Language Arts A honics approach to teaching children to read. Perfect for preschool, K-2, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).

Storyline Online Online videos featuring Screen Actors Guild members reading popular children's books aloud. Includes accompanying activities and lesson plans.

Early Literacy

Grace Dow Library Early Literacy Pamphlets

It's Not Too Early to Start Reading to Your Baby
  Baby Storytimes

Early Literacy Activities for Toddlers
  Toddler Storytimes

Early Literacy Activities for Preschoolers
  Stories and More... Storytimes

Better Brains for Babies Dedicated to promoting awareness and education about the importance of early brain development.

Health And Development

American Academy Of Pediatrics  Child and adolescent health information. Guidelines, publications, and other health resources from leading child health experts.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health National Institute of Mental Health. Brochures and comprehensive booklets about many mental health problems of childhood.  Trustworthy, up-to-the-minute health care information and guidance for parents and caregivers from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Your Child: Development and Behavior Resources Reliable parenting information from the University of Michigan on child development and behavior.
Zero To Three  Learn more about young children and their early health and development. Early experiences matter!

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Resources For Teachers

Accelerated Reader Lists
Copies of Accelerated Reader lists for Midland County schools are available at the Youth Services Desk.  If you would like us to link to information about your program, email Stephanie Williams

Adams Elementary
Freeland Elementary School
Freeland Middle School
Blessed Sacrament
Siebert Elementary

Big Books
Same story, same number of pages, but these books measure 14" by 18" or larger. Please see the librarian before taking Big Books to checkout.

Booklists:  Our Lists Of Recommended Books
Grace A. Dow Memorial librarians have created booklists for children, parents, and teachers. Get ideas for great books to read on a variety of topics or by reading level.

Books With Multiple Copies
Are you interested in checking out multiple copies of the same title? Before planning your next group book discussion, take a look at quality children's literature available in multiple copies.

Educator Cards
See your school administrator for information about a library account and related policies.

Book Baskets
Check out a bright yellow book basket - along with your books - to store library materials at home or at school. Baskets may be renewed up to five times.

Library Visits
Library tours are available to schools in our service area as well as to other groups in the community. Call the Youth Services desk (837-3466) or return the printable form at least two weeks in advance to schedule your visit.

Online Databases
Encourage your students to use our databases! We subscribe to educational databases that are available for use in the library or from home with a library card.

Picture Parent Online The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library's access to online sources of art images for use in the Picture Parent Program.

Supplement your curriculum with ideas from parent and professional magazines. Back issues of Book Links, Family Fun, Home Education Magazine, Home School Digest, Library Sparks, Mailbox, Old Schoolhouse, Practical Homeschooling circulate for 28 days.

Web Links
eClassroomNews Information on how todays educators use technology to advance learning.

Education World Lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts.

K-12 TechTools Free online tech resources grouped by subject and device. Kid-friendly website to direct your students to during centers, or new tools to engage your students in learning.

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Internet Safety



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Homeschooling Resources

Homeschool World

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