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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 and design, plus 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 three through eight, including hundreds 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.

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.

eBooks

OverDrive
Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks 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 non-fiction 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 wifi internet access at home by checking out one of our mobile hotspots.

Learn a Language (including English Language Learning)

English Language Learning
Click here for SCLSNJ resources and services to help learn English.

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.

SCLNSJ 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 in to 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 or a full list of all of SCLNSJ’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

Learn how we serve and support youth with disabilities.

Family Support
Parent groups and information provided by the ARC of Somerset County.

Webinars for Parents

Empower Somerset: Youth Mental Health First Aid: #BeTheDifference
October 29, from 11:00-11:30am

This workshop will highlight Empower Somerset’s community initiative to prevent teen suicide and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness through the evidence-based program, Youth Mental Health First Aid, developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to recognize and effectively respond to a young person experiencing a mental health crisis.

Registration is free, but required to receive the event info. Information to join the webinar will be in your confirmation email and also sent to you on October 28.

Creating a Caregiver Toolkit for our Unprecedented Times
October 29, from 11:30am-noon

The unique challenges faced by caregivers today are more complex than ever. What are the best options if your loved one requires care? What would happen if you, as a caregiver, became ill? This interactive presentation will help you navigate the options that are right for your situation and create a road map for a secure backup plan. Join us to learn about positive, healthy planning strategies.

Registration is free, but required to receive the event info. Information to join the webinar will be in your confirmation email and also sent to you on October 28.

Relating About Dating: Talking to Teens About Healthy Relationships
November 11, from 11am-12:30pm

Register here Just because we are social distancing doesn’t mean that teens have stopped dating. In fact, the current reliance on technology may make a teen’s communication with their partner more constant than ever. Join us for an interactive webinar where we will discuss what a healthy teen relationship looks like, identify the warning signs for dating abuse, and explore ways to talk with them about common unhealthy or abusive behaviors. Based on programs we present to teens in schools, we will share questions from students – and our responses – so that you can see how local teens are thinking about intimate relationships. Parents, teachers, and anyone else who cares for a teen are encouraged to participate. Presenters: Joelle Piercy, MSS, MLSP, LSW, SPEAK Community Outreach Coordinator; Jessica Skultety, SPEAK Community Outreach Associate

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.

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