A Library Guide for Parents

Lisa Taylor  


Kids Online: A Library Guide for Parents

      • Library resources

               In the library

               Electronic resources

      • Online resources

               Learning online

               Reviews of apps, websites and more

      • Smart and safe online

                Internet safety for kids

                Parenting resources

      • Help/contact Info


In every library branch you will find:

Computers reserved for kids with filtered Internet

• Ipads for kids with apps selected by librarians

The library offers many electronic resources

that you can access with your library card . . .

e-books and more for kids

Overdrive for Kids

An e-book library just for kids

Tumble Books

Read along books, language learning

StarWalk Reader

Narrated e-books, mostly non-fiction

Book Flix

An e-resource for early readers

homework help

Homework Center

Lots of tools, tips and resources

Live Homework Help

Live one-to-one help from 2 pm to 10 pm daily in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Homework Databases

Trusted electronic databases

for research projects

Worldbook Encyclopedia

a digital encyclopedia


Online Learning

Kahn Academy is a free non-profit site for learning math and other academic subjects. Instructional videos and self-paced learning from kindergarten to calculus.

Media Reviews for Parents

 Common Sense Media provides independent age-based ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music

More resources for reviews and best of lists for apps and other media for children

Great Websites for Kids

Websites geared to children from birth - age 14,  selected by the

American Library Association

Children's Technology Review

A subscription site, but plenty of free information here too

Parents' Choice Awards

Awards for best apps, video games, software and more


Google Safety Center for Families

Information about how to use Google

safety features for families, such as the following tip. . .

On the Google search page, under settings (lower left). Turn on SafeSearch to filter sexually explicit content from your search results.

KidRex is a search engine for young kids.

Parenting Concerns/Technology

In addition to reviews, Common Sense Media helps families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.

Online Search Tips for Kids

Here's an example of what you can find on the Common Sense Media Parents Concerns webpage. 

This video show how to help kids learn to be savvy internet searchers.

Questions? Librarians love questions!

Stop into your local branch

and ask to meet the youth librarian.


Book an appointment with a librarian

if you have an in depth question.


Text a librarian

Text the word "multcolib" and your question to 66746 or 503.616.2223

Email a librarian

click the link above to email


Call a librarian



• Library resources:

              • In the library: computers and ipads for kids

              • Electronic resources: e-books, homework help, encyclopedias

                and other research sources

• Online resources:

               • Learning online: Kahn Academy is a good free place to start

               • Reviews of apps, websites and more: Common Sense Media

                 is the largest, but other sites offer best of lists and award winning media

• Smart and safe online:

                • Internet safety for kids: use Google's search settings or a kid friendly                               browser

                • Parenting - Common Sense Media also offers guidance for parenting/tech

• Help/contact Info:

                 • Six ways to contact a librarian, so ask away!

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