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for adults who care for and work with children

There is a lot of information online for parents and teachers. Here are some highlights and favorites from the BPL. If there is a site you really like, let us know and we might be able to share it with everyone in this section.

Websites for Parents, Caregivers, and Others is a gateway to sites recommended by the American Library Association’s youth services division.

Choosing books for your children?  Try the Book lists for children from Boston Public Library Children’s Librarians.

Systemwide Youth Services Programming ReportYS_Program_Rpt_Cover

In July 2012, the Boston Public Library Foundation put out a request for proposals to assist the BPL in reviewing systemwide youth programming, program spaces, and gathering best practices from peer libraries across the country. The team from Wondercabinet Interpretive Design process included a staff survey, site visits, staff meetings and a public survey. Hundreds of comments were gathered over several months and the final report , published in June 2013, is now available.


Are you parenting?

Parent Resources - Includes links to various family-oriented sites, as well as information about child safety on the Internet, educational shareware, and mailing lists to join.

Take your children to a library program.  See what’s coming up here.  Be sure to select your desired age(s), location(s) and type(s) of event.

Are you interested in early literacy for your child?

Look for story-times for babies, toddlers, and pre-school children in your neighborhood in our event calendar.

Online, check out some suggested sites for preschool literacy.

Are you teaching?

Visiting the library with your class – Please arrange library visits/tours/orientations at the Boston Public Library’s children’s spaces by contacting the Children’s Librarian at any BPL location. For groups larger than 10, we recommend at least two weeks notice, especially at the Children’s Room at the Central Library, Copley Square.

Creating Great Reading Lists offers suggestions from BPL children & teen librarians on how to find great books and how to compile a successful reading list.

Teacher Resources - From interactive e-mail projects to curriculum development suggestions, this collection of teacher resources can help you bring the Internet into classrooms in exciting new ways.

Are you teaching at home?

In addition to everything above, we suggest links to the growing collections of homeschooling resources available online.

Systemwide Youth Services Programming Report