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Parents & Homeschoolers

Preschool Ages


See the programs offered at your branch by checking on the webpage of your local branchscroll down to Branch Events, click on the Calendar2017 storytimes for kids of all ages run all year long, and include regular Saturday Storytimes
No registration needed: just drop in!  

   ►Tell us what you think!  Take the Storytime Survey

Adapted Storytimes
Designed for kids with special needs or challenges, caregivers are welcome to bring their kids to these free programs.

Online Stories
Listen to a story with your child or read along to some of your favorite books on BookFLIX, ABC Mouse, and TumbleBooks.

Kindergarten Club
To get ready for kindergarten, join us for amily fun, food, and learning for children who are age eligible for kindergarten in fall 2017 but are not enrolled in a preschool, Head Start, or childcare programs and their families.  At select branches. Register online.

Kindergarten Readiness
Help your preschooler transition into Kindergarten through the Library's  kindergarten readiness programs designed to practice and strengthen key skills through collaborative, hands-on play.  In addition to being fun, the themes align with core competencies measured by the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment- Literacy (KRA-L) and the recommendations of Kindergarten teachers.

Play, Learn, and Grow Workshops
Kids ages 1-3 play and learn, parents learn tips from the experts!  Free. Register online.

School Ages

Homework Centers
The Library isn’t just a place where students can DO their homework. Our branches actually offer free homework HELP.

Reader Boost Camp
Children in grades 1-3 who are struggling with their reading skills and their parents are invited to join us for a two-part program for families.  At select branches, registration required. Where and when.

1•2•3 Engage with Me
Join us as a family for refreshments and to discuss a variety of topics that will help your students (grades K–8) succeed.  Monthly Engage with Me nights are FREE and open to all interested families!  Register online (required).

Research Databases
Help your child dig into schoolwork with our online databases of journal, magazine, encyclopedia, and newspaper articles.
      Kids+Teen Homework Help

Downloadable Books for Kids and Teens
Our downloadable collection is the perfect source of eBook, digital magazine and downloadable content that will keep your kids happy and entertained (no small feat!).

All Ages

Great Books for Kids
Looking for gift ideas for kids?   Check out our 2016 Great Books for Kids—booklists for kids of all ages along with some toy suggestions. Try before you buy. All the books featured in Great Books for Kids are available to borrow from CCPL, and many can be previewed in eBook format.

Reading Recommendations
Whether you're reading to your child, or if your child is reading, we can help. Check out our Reading Recommendations page— Read Intuit and Let's Talk Books.  And, if your family has gone digital, don't forget our Digital Collection of eBooks and eAudioBooks. 



Library Resources

Project READ
Order multiple copies of high quality children’s books and explore support materials - ideal for lesson plans!
   ► Project Read Titles in our catalog         ► Booking Guidelines      Printable List of Project Read titles (with catalog links)

Order multiple copies of high quality teen books for groups to read and discuss. Teen READ titles include classics, a variety of genres and nonfiction.  

    ► Teen Read in our catalog         ► Booking Guidelines       Printable List of Teen Read titles (with catalog links)

Educator Cards 
Educators may apply for a special Cuyahoga County Public Library Educator Card at any one of our branches; these carry special benefits.       ► Read more

Common Core/Ohio Learning Standards

The Common Core is a set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level. 

Recommended Reading Lists

Our librarians recommend these titles to support the Common Core/Ohio Learning Standards: 

Common Core Standards
English Language Arts - Grades K-5 (printable PDF)
English Language Arts - Grades 6-12 (printable PDF)

Ohio Learning Standards 
Science - Grades K-5 (printable PDF)
Social Studies - Grades K-5 (printable PDF)

Recommended W​ebsites

Scholastic's Common Core for Parents 
This site features FAQs, student reading recommendations and information for teachers and parents.

Common Core Works 
This site sponsored by the Council of the Great City Schools offers grade-specific "parent roadmaps" for student success. 

Core Standards 
Read about the Common Core standards. 

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers 
High quality, computer-based assessments in math and English language arts.

The Educator's Personal Learning Network
This site offers educators access to best practices with peers across the nation, with a 3-minute video explaining Common Core Standards.

American Association of School Librarians 
The America Library Association offers a Common Core State Standards Action Tool Kit for public librarians.

National PTA
This site offers a Common Core webinar series designed to educate parents.   


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school.
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