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Virtual Resources for Parents and Caregivers

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Ask a Youth Services Expert

Ask a Youth Services Expert will allow individual patrons to request a 30-minute personalized one-on-one online session with youth services Library staff experts. Geared for students, parents/caregivers, and educators; Ask a Youth Services Expert offers help with Google Classroom, homework resources, databases, readers’ advisory, reference questions, and more.

Basic Skills and Test Preparation

CreativeBug
Find more than 1,000 award-winning arts and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists, including sewing, quilting, paper crafting, knitting, crochet, art, design, jewelry making, and more.

LearningExpress Library
Provides interactive tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards, and articles for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation, career development, and more.

Lumos StepUp Learning
Lumos StepUp provides online skills assessment for math and English language arts for students in grades 3-8, including 100s of grade-appropriate questions based on the Common Core State Standards.

TumbleMath
A comprehensive collection of math picture books, in the TumbleBook format with animation and narration. Searchable by math concept or standard, the collection also includes supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.

Vidcode
Learn to code using Javascript programming and create Snapchat filters, memes, video games, special effects, and more.

Brainfuse HelpNow (Online Tutoring and Learning Platform)

Brainfuse HelpNow
Explore free one-on-one online tutoring for K-12 students and beyond. Live tutoring is available in English and Spanish from 2 – 11 p.m. to provide homework help for core subjects, including mathematics, science, and English language arts. All Brainfuse tutors have at least a four-year degree and are background checked.
Also available:
  • Writing Lab provides feedback on written assignments within 24 hours.
  • SkillSurfer provides live skill building and library of lessons, videos, test, and more.
  • Language Lab provides live help for language learners.
  • FAFSA Live Help provides assistance filling out your application.
  • LEAP Learning Platform is a diagnostic test center with customized study plans, and lessons.
  • FlashBulb TM allows you to create and share study flashcards, practice tests, and games.
  • MEET TM allows you to schedule sessions with your friends in their private virtual study rooms.

Sign up for your own Learning Account to review past sessions, receive expert feedback, save practice tests and more. Click here for tutorial on how to use the different features.

Community Support Groups

Agobiado por la Pandemia?
Los invitamos a unirse a nuestro grupo de apoyo virtual.  Los temas a discutir incluirán como la pandemic de COVID-19 ha impactado nuestra salud emocional, estrategias para manejar el estrés y la ansiedad, y discusiones para promover el bienestar físico y emocional.

Grupo de Apoyo para la Salud Emocional
Mental Health Association le invita a participar en nuestro grupo virtual para adultos que estén bajo estrés y necesiten alguien con quien hablar. Los temas a discutir incluirán estrés, ansiedad, technicas de relajamiento, y manejo de estrés.

Moms Connection
Pregnant and new moms with babies under one year, this is a stressful time for us all.  Join us from the comfort of your home.  Email Pat Vena, MSW, LCSW pvena@cjfhc.org. Kindly include the subject line: New Mom Support.

New Dads
Expectant and new fathers with babies under one year, this is a stressful time for us all. Join us from the comfort of your home.  Virtual group co-facilitated by a therapist and an experienced father of twins.  Preregistration required. Email Pat Vena, MSW, LCSW pvena@cjfhc.org.  Kindly include the subject line: New Dads Support.

Parenting Through the Pandemic
Creating work/life balance during this new “normal.”  Connect with other parents, find support,  discuss solutions, talk about difficulties. Parents of children of any age are welcome.

Single Parents
Calling all single parents!  This pandemic has taken parenting to another level which can be overwhelming.  However, you don’t have to go it alone.  We have created a safe place for you to get support and recharge.

E-books

OverDrive
Borrow e-books and e-audiobooks from SCLSNJ using OverDrive or access them on your phone or tablet by downloading the free Libby App.

EBSCO Cricket Media Collection
Provides students and educators with engaging content that is standards-aligned for a variety of Lexile levels.

EBSCO K-8 Collection
This collection contains thousands of fiction and nonfiction e-book titles including familiar children’s stories and informative texts.

EBSCO High School Collection
Contains high-quality fiction and nonfiction titles for students across a diverse range.

TumbleBook Library
Animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, playlists, graphic novels.

Enrichment Programs

Internet on the Go

Get Wi-Fi internet access at home by checking out one of our mobile hotspots.

Learn a Language (including English Language Learning)

SCLSNJ Language Learning and English Language Learning Resources
Click here for SCLSNJ resources and services.

Mango
Mango Languages offers simple language and culture learning in over 70 languages, including English. Create an account with your library card to track your progress. Also available in Android and iOS apps.

Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone has crafted a language learning program and award-winning mobile app that focuses on helping language learners thrive in real-world conversations. Through contextualized practice and feedback, Rosetta Stone encourages learners to begin speaking the language from the very first lesson.

Youth Bilingual Virtual Programs

Reading Recommendations

NoveList K-8 Plus
Discover reading recommendations for kids & teens with booklists, read-a-likes, and author and series information. Search for books by reading level, genre, content, time period, and more.

SCLSNJ Booklists 
Looking for a new book for your child or teen? Take a look at our booklists! Created by our librarians and covering a wide variety of genres, you’re sure to find your next read here.
Booklists for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Booklists for Kids (Grades K-5)
Booklists for Teens (Grades 6-12)

Library Aware Newsletter 
Explore SCLSNJ’s librarian-curated book recommendations. Opt into as many or as few lists as interest you. SCLSNJ always has something new for you.

Recursos en Español

Agobiado por la Pandemia?
Los invitamos a unirse a nuestro grupo de apoyo virtual.  Los temas a discutir incluirán como la pandemic de COVID-19 ha impactado nuestra salud emocional, estrategias para manejar el estrés y la ansiedad, y discusiones para promover el bienestar físico y emocional.

Grupo de Apoyo para la Salud Emocional
Mental Health Association le invita a participar en nuestro grupo virtual para adultos que estén bajo estrés y necesiten alguien con quien hablar. Los temas a discutir incluirán estrés, ansiedad, technicas de relajamiento, y manejo de estrés.

Youth Bilingual Virtual Programs

Recursos para aprender idiomas

Referencia Latina – Ofrece contenido de una variedad de fuentes, incluidos libros de referencia, revistas de interés general e informes de salud.

Salud– Cubre todos los aspectos de la salud y el bienestar, incluidas descripciones generales de enfermedades, afecciones, procedimientos y diversos tratamientos.

Research Databases

Academic Search Premier
A leading multidisciplinary research database. It provides acclaimed full-text journals, magazines, and other valuable resources.

Biography Reference Bank
This biographical database provides full-text articles, images, and abstracts of more than 790,000 individuals, over 94,000 of whom have an associated full-text biography.

Explora
Research current and historical events and subjects like arts and literature, biographies, geography and culture, health, science, and math, plus more with EBSCO’s Explora interface.

Explora Primary
Research interface for children in grades K-5, with access to articles from dozens of elementary school magazines plus easy-to-read encyclopedia entries.

Facts On File Infobase Database Portal
The databases cover a wide range of core curriculum areas—from history, science, literature, and careers to geography, health, current issues, and more—at the middle, high school, and academic levels.

MAS Ultra School Edition
Find full-text high-school magazines plus biographies, primary source documents, reference books, and over a million photos, maps, and flags.

Middle Search Plus
Find more than 180 popular middle school magazines, plus full-text biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection of more than 1.8 million photos, maps, and flags.

The World Almanac KIDS
Find homework help, ideas for reports or projects, puzzles, maps, videos, diagrams, fun facts, and more.

Click here for a full list of all of SCLSNJ’s databases and research resources.

SOARING Early Literacy Support

SCLSNJ SOARING helps parents and caregivers navigate early literacy programming and resources, learn the different strategies used to support early literacy through each developmental stage, and replicate those strategies at home.

SOARING Resources
Explore our SOARING resources that include SOARING Storytimes, Storytime Theme kits, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program, ReadyRosie, and Launchpad’s Reading Academy.

SOARING Parent/Child Early Literacy Activities
Learn about daily Sing, Read, Talk, Play, and Read practices you can do at home, on the road, or anywhere with your child to develop their early literacy skills from birth to age five.

Special Education Resources

SCLSNJ Services for Persons with Disabilities
Learn how SCLSNJ serves and supports persons with disabilities.

Community Family Support
Click here for parent groups and information provided by the ARC of Somerset County.

SCLSNJ Programming

Webinars for Parents

The NJ Early Intervention System & The Role of the Pediatric Provider: During COVID-19 and Beyond
NJ Early Intervention System. This presentation provides an overview of the New Jersey Early Intervention System and the importance of early identification and referral for services for infants and toddlers that may have a developmental delay or disability. Presented by Joseph Holahan, M.D., FAAP and Jennifer Blanchette McConnell, Ph.D. Click here for recording.

Juggling it All
Are you trying to manage the stress of work, family, and COVID? We have some strategies for you. Click here for recording. Presented by the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium.