Help @ PPL
is available on
Tuesdays & Thursdays,
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Hotline provides FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students
in grades 6-12. Students may contact the Homework Hotline from 7 p.m. to
10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), Sunday, through Thursday, September through May toll free at
1-877-ASK-ROSE or on-line at
Class Brain assists students from 1 through 101 to
explore the universe, to be inspired by the work of others around
the world, to become excited about their own endeavors, and to
embrace the education process.
HomeworkSpot.com is a free homework information portal that
features the very best K-12 homework-related sites together with
engaging editorial in one high-utility, educational spot.
Interactive Mathematics uses LiveMath,
Flash and Scientific Notebook to enhance mathematics lessons.
Topics range from grade 8 algebra to college-level Laplace
B. J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
A wonderful guide to encyclopedias, dictionaries, reference
works, and other resources on a great variety of subjects.
There are many free resources on Kids.gov to help kids—and
parents—with their homework and projects.
Smithsonian Education site allows kids to explore,
discover and learn through all varieties of topics including
science, art and culture.
Explore Your Environment
The Indiana DNR has a treasure map of a different kind, just for
kids. Explore your Environment is an interactive map designed
to take kids to five different areas: A Long Time Ago, I’m Alive,
The Hoosier State, Get up and Go Outdoors, and Let’s Have Fun. Each
area takes you to different types of information.
Spearheaded by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, iCivics is a web-based
education project designed to reinvigorate civic teaching and learning.
It features free lesson plans, web quests, discussion forums, and games.
iCivics resources are all free.
links for kids!
- School library media Kids is created and maintained
by a licensed reading specialist and school library media specialist.
Students have the opportunity to choose from many of the best
literacy-related resources and educational tools found online through
the use of this website. SlimeKids is designed to help connect students
with print materials through their book reviews, book trailers and
The SlimeKids games, search engines and reference pages can also help
students have a more productive online experience.
Book Lists &
Children and Young Adults
Last Year's Bestselling
Buckeye Children's Book Awards
Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards
Coretta Scott King Awards
National Book Award for Young People's Literature
Hoosier Award Books
Young Hoosier Book Award - Picture Books
up for regular
e-mail newsletters with comments and reading recommendations in
list of magazines available in the children's department.
magazine for teachers is now available for checkout.
Child Care Search
Paths to QUALITY™ is a free resource to help parents make
decisions regarding child care and to help child care programs
improve the quality of care offered.
children's department is accepting donations of craft supplies.
Supplies such as glue sticks, yarn, buttons, feathers sponge shapes,
pom-poms, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the
reading experiences of children's and young adult books. The online
database includes thousands of resources about fiction and
nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, from meet the author
movies, book reviews, to lesson plans for teachers.
The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated,
talking picture books). TumbleBooks are created from existing
picture books which have been licensed from children's book
publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format.
Explore our collection of large print and
read-along chapter books.
TumbleReadables are online electronic books which include an
innovative text size slider which enables the reader to increase the
text size to up to 34PT. Perfect for reluctant, emergent, ESL and
middle schoolers who just love to read!
is a great website that's designed for preK-4 students, but it's
perfect for struggling readers of all ages. The site is full of
reading resources, and it's highly interactive. Plus, as an added
bonus, it focuses on the Dolch "Basic Sight Vocabulary" list—220
high-frequency words that make up more than 50 percent of the words
that readers encounter in books, magazines, and newspapers.
The SAG Foundation's ‘Storyline Online’ program was
started in 2001 with a generous grant by Verizon, and resulted in five
videos featuring professional (SAG) actors reading notable children’s
books. The videos attempted to fully capture the intricate
illustrations, colors and textures of each book. From these humble
beginnings, the ‘Storyline Online’ website has evolved and today offer
multiple bedtime stories read by celebrities (SAG Members) ranging from
James Earl Jones and Betty White to Jane Kaczmarek, Bradley Whitford,
Sean Astin, Esai Morales, Amber Tamblyn, Eric Close, Elijah Wood, and
Ten Reasons Why Audiobooks are Great for Kids
(Based on the most commonly heard phrases out of the mouths of babes.)
entertainment for readers, pre-readers, and reluctant readers.
we there yet?"
kids (and you) happy (and quiet) on long car rides.
didn't hear you."
and enhances listening skills.
I don't wanna read."
reading -- audiobooks get kids excited about books and reading in
perfect opportunity to buy your kids something fun &
I have no one to play with..."
a great all-by-myself activity.
have nothing to do."
a great group activity with family, friends or classmates.
me a story."
kids love to be read to -- audiobooks are always accessible when
readers aren't able to read.
what does &*!@% mean?"
perfectly wholesome and appropriate entertainment-- the kind parents
don't have to worry about.
nothing on TV."
the sound of great stories"
Templeton and Prunella
here to watch live
streaming of Templeton and Prunella. (If prompted both the username and
password is “viewing”.)
To watch the live streaming, QuickTime must
be installed on your computer. Download QuickTime
Works best with Microsoft
search for Accelerated reader books for the elementary schools,
click on the AR BookFinder logo.
CHECK IT OUT!!
Now available in the Children's Department: Playaway View
Pre-loaded video player.
Playaway View is a simple way for
young children to watch educational and entertaining videos on the go.
Each Playaway View comes with the video content already pre-loaded on
it. Earphones not required.
No DVDs. No Downloads. Just Play.
Goes wherever you do. Equipped with a built-in speaker and
optional headphone jack, so kids can watch in any environment. Easily
navigate back and forth through chapters
No DVDs to scratch and designed for drops — Playaway
View™ was built with kids in mind.
Each Playaway View holds multiple videos for hours of
enjoyment and can be charged with a standard AC Adaptor through any wall
outlet. Always ready when you are.
Must be checked out on an adult card, $1 charge to
check out for 1 week. $1 per day overdue charge. Not renewable.
Children to Read
I believe that everyone would agree
that two of the most
important skills that children
need to accomplish are to be able to read well and to comprehend what is
read. Here are some helpful hints on how to motivate children to read.
1. Help children find time to read.
2. Surround children with reading materials.
3. Become aware of children’s interests.
4. Nurture children’s interests and seek out books to support
5. Encourage children to make their own reading
selections, and respect them.
6. Share children’s reading experiences.
7. Value children’s opinions and concerns.
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