Resources for Parents

Brooklyn Public Library offers the parents of babies, kids and teens a wide array of resources and services, both in our libraries and on the web. Go to Books & Beyond for information on how to get your child a library card, great book lists for babies to teens, and other resources like online encyclopedias.  Check out our Parenting Links for helpful websites to help child become a life-long learner. KidZone and TeenZone are great places for your child to start exploring all the services the Library has to offer. 

Every year, Brooklyn Public Library offers thousands of programs for babies, children and teens, including story times, after-school homework help, arts and crafts programs, and more. Search our calendar of events for times and locations.

Upcoming Events

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! programs (3 - 5 years)

In this special six session series, families will enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning skills. Exploring literacy, science, and math through music, stories, and play will help you and your child get ready for school!  Summer programs begin July 12 at select libraries.  Flyer

Resources for Parents

Summer Reading

Summer Reading is a great way to connect with other readers and read what you want at your own pace. Studies show that access to book during the summer prevents a drastic loss in reading skill. Participate in fun, free activities at your local library and online at www.summerreading.org.

Homeschool Resources

Links to databases, websites and forums to support learning at home:  http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/parents-teachers/home-schooling-resources

First Five Years (birth-5)

In the first five years of life, nearly 50% of a child's learning occurs. Early reading experiences lay the foundation for future learning to come. Through experiences with books in language-rich environments, young children develop the skills they will need to be successful in school and life. First Five Years is Brooklyn Public Library's innovative early literacy initiative. Please visit the First Five Years site for information on reading to your baby, songs and rhymes, and First Five Years events.
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Common Core Standards

Find tips and resources to understand the Common Core Standards and how to support your child's learning.
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The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs (birth-12)

At Brooklyn Public Library, there's a place where all children can relax, play and have fun. The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs provides unique programs for children with and without disabilities from birth to age 12. Programs include after-school story time, toys for tots, parenting workshops and hospital storytelling.
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Homework Help (grades k-12)

BPL offers access to many great sites for homework help. In addition, check our calendar of events for after-school homework help, tutoring, and other educational opportunities.  Don't forget about BPL's rich collection of online encyclopedias and databases for help with tricky research assignments. 
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Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) Summer Camp

Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) offers summer programs for kids that take advantage of the incredible resources of our six institutions: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park and Prospect Park Zoo. Adventurers take part in hands-on experiences -- projects, games, and explorations --  that weave connections between art, world culture, literature, history, nature and science. And NEW in 2014: BCAP for teens! A 6-week program for ages 13-17, with a stipend.  More Info >

Brooklyn Coloring Book (all ages)

Brooklyn is full of interesting landmarks. Explore the borough and learn fun facts with your family through our Brooklyn coloring pages.
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Services for Older Adults
  • Helpful links for caregivers of older adults.
  • We offer many special programs and events especially tailored for the 55+ audience. These include lectures, films, performances and educational programs that reflect the wide interests of today's older adults. Click Here for more information.

Resources for Teens

Additional Ways to Graduate

Is your teen looking for additional ways to graduate from high school? If so, see the Department of Education's page "Help for Students Exploring Other Ways to Graduate".

Countdown to College: Tips for Parents
Helpful advice to get teens prepared for college.

Opportunities Abound!

Check our Opportunities Abound! page to find out first about college search asssistance, job opportunities, internships, contests and more. Be sure to check out our Scholarships page too.

Teens lead busy lives and often find themselves juggling homework and their social lives all while planning for the future. Luckily BPL offers a wide range of resources, programs, and services to support teens from SAT practice tests to meaningful volunteer opportunities. When it's time to relax they can read the latest graphic novels, hang out at Teen Time, or rock out on Guitar Hero at our gaming programs. Search our calendar of events for programs at your neighborhood library.

See Scholastic's TeenBeing blog for adults responsible for guiding, raising, teaching, or being a role model for teenagers.