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Early Literacy, Books and Reading

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TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books, reading comprehension quizzes and educational games specifically geared to children. Also includes teacher resources. Start here. TumbleReadables is an online collection of read-along titles for elementary, middle school, and high school students with adjustable online text and complete audio narration. Sentences are highlighted as they are being read and pages turn automatically. Start here. TumbleTalkingBooks is an online collection of streaming audio books that are always available. Titles include unabrridged high quality audio versions of classics of American and world literature, nonfiction, fiction, children and teen books. Includes "bookmarking" capabilities. Start here.

New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development, Resource Links
Gateway to numerous sites on brain research and early literacy.

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library, ALA - Brain Development and Early Literacy
The American Library Association presents resources on early literacy.

Grade Level Bibliographies
Great books picked by Glendale librarians to interest readers from babies to 6th grade.

Book Zone
Looking for a book for your child but don't know what to choose? The Book Zone area has the ability to search by author, title, or age group.

Simple Ways to Help Your Elementary Child Learn to Read
Some general suggestions for things that parents can do to help support the reading growth of their children. From the Florida Center for Reading Research.

Help My Child Read
Resources from the U.S. Department of Education about helping children to read and identifying a good early reading program.

Get Ready to Read
Tips and activities for parents with young children y en español aquí

AR BookFinder

Scholastic Reading Counts

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Arts and Crafts

Very Best Kids
Sponsored by Nestle, this site has fun recipes, crafts and activities that you can do with your youngsters as well as your older kids.

Family Fun
Family Fun is your online source for arts and crafts, recipes, and parties for every holiday, plus hundreds of ideas for kid crafts.

KidZone Fun and Games
Craft, music, art and activity websites selected by librarians from Glendale Public Library.

Child Development

Parents Resource Guide, Phoenix Edition
Sections on education and enrichment, parenting and education, summer camps, and more.

Ages and Stages, Healthy Children
Information on child development from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Raising Arizona Kids Magazine
Current articles on raising children or teens in Arizona.

Manners for Kids (and Parents)
Elbows on the table, back talk, and trips to the rest room - how are the kids doing when it comes to the social graces? A site from Family with tips for teaching manners, quizzes and more.

Manners and Etiquite for Kids
A link to a list of sites with lots of info about manners and why they're important.


Arizona Child Care Resource & Referral
The Arizona Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) is a community service which matches parents seeking child care with child care resources.

National Association for the Education of Young Children  
Information for families about, the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8, including booklists, brochures and activities to do at home. 

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Arizona Families for Home Education
Organization that promotes and supports home education in Arizona .  Articles and information on issues relevant to home schooling, plus links to local home schooling support groups.

Homeschool Central
A guide to homeschool resources with links to Arizona support groups.

Homeschool Legal Defense Association
Provides legal protection services for homeschoolers and other resources.

Volunteer Opportunities -- Glendale Public Library is always looking for enthusiastic teens to work as library volunteers.  Click here for more info or e-mail To download a volunteer application, click here.

Tutors and Tutoring

Parents Resource Guide, Phoenix Edition
Sections on education and enrichment, including tutoring.

Homework Help Now: Free Help Online from Real Tutors -- Students in grades 3 - college can get homework help for math, science, language arts, and test preparation. Chat online with a real tutor. Homework help is only available during the following hours (Mountain Standard Time):

Monday - Sunday, 1 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Lunes - Domingo, 1 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (en Español)

Parenting Groups

AZ West Valley Moms
 A Stay at Home Mom's Playgroup located in the West Valley.

Career Mom's Club
A working moms support and professional development group that meets at the Foothills Branch Library.

National Center for Fathering
At the National Center for Fathering, we inspire and equip men to be the involved fathers, grandfathers and father figures their children need.

La Leche League
Breastfeading support and information.

Twinstuff Community
Information on Arizona groups related to parenting multiples.

MOMS Clubs
A list of International MOMS Clubs in Arizona.

Raising Special Kids
Information for parents of children with disabilities or special needs.

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Adoption and Foster Care

Children Need Homes
Website from the Arizona Department of Economic Services outlining the steps involved in becoming a foster parent.

Arizona Association for Foster & Adoptive Parents
The Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents is a non-profit, state wide organization that serves families who adopt children and provide foster and kinship care.

Aid To Adoption of Special Kids
Aid to Adoption of Special Kids, is a private, non-profit adoption and child placing agency, incorporated in 1988, and licensed by the Arizona Department of Economic Security. The agency is dedicated to the placement of children with special needs into permanent, loving homes.

Just for Teachers

Application for A Teacher's Collection (pdf)
Download the application for the Teacher's Collection program.  This program allows teachers to check out up to 35 books, CD's, Audiobooks and Videos for classroom use.  Restrictions do apply, please see the application for more details. 

Grade Level Bibliographies
Great books picked by Glendale librarians to interest readers from babies to 6th grade.

Library Links – is the library’s newsletter for Glendale educators, highlighting services and programs of interest to teachers.  Sign up to receive an electronic copy in your mailbox here.  Click on sign up, then check the library links box.

Library Services for Teachers Brochure - A list of library services available for teachers and homeschool families. Take a look and let us know how we can help you with your educational goals. Please note: This document is formatted to print as a brochure.

Mobile Masterpieces - Large-format, laminated reproductions of works of art are available from the library’s Mobile Masterpieces Collection.  All prints are listed in the library catalog, indicated by “Art Reproduction”.  From dinos to Degas, masterworks and more casual images are included and may be checked out for three weeks through any of Glendale’s three libraries, just like a book.  Thinking of ways to use them? Check out this brochure: 50 Ways to Use Mobile Masterpieces.

A-Z Teacher Stuff
This is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Find lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.

Discovery Education
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.

PBS Teachers
This is PBS' national web destination for educational resources and a gateway to resources offered by your local PBS station. Includes lesson plan ideas and a whole lot more.

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