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 a 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.
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Upcoming Library Events & Programs

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. Registration for BCAP Summer Camp 2015 is now open! BCAPteen applications will be available in February. More Info

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! programs (3 - 5 years)
In this special six session series, families 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! Spring 2015 programs resume March 7th! See the list of participating branches here. 

The Read! Write! Create!  program gives kids ages 8-12 the opportunity to design and make their own comic books. Look out for workshops in the Bushwick, Stone Avenue, and Coney Island libraries in spring, summer, and fall 2015.

The Big Brooklyn Playdate
Stop by the Big Brooklyn Playdate to enjoy fun activities that delight babies and toddlers and encourage early literacy.
Wednesday, April 29, 10:30-Noon
Central Library, Dweck Center  

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.

Resources for Parents

Pre-K Registration
If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2011, he or she is eligible to attend a free, high quality pre-K program in September 2015. The application period runs from Monday, March 16, 2015 to Friday, April 24, 2015. For details, go to:
nfo sheet

The Department of Education's One Stop Shop for information about going back to school with NYC public schools:

Free after school programs at local schools!
For more information and to apply for a COMPASS elementary school afterschool program, click here.
For more information and to apply for a SONYC middle school afterschool program, click here..

Homeschool Resources
Links to databases, websites and forums to support learning at home:

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 Resources
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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For resources and tips to help parents of children with learning and attention issues work constructively with schools, professionals and others in their community, see

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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Homework Help flyer >

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 Parents of 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.