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“Playland,” you say?
Cover Art Hennepin County Library is dedicated to creating environments where families talk, read, sing, write, and play together—all paths that foster exploration and learning in children. Play is a child’s work. It's a fun, natural way for children to build vocabulary and storytelling skills and help them understand stories and the world around them.
Visit a library near you to take advantage of our early literacy play spaces stocked with props and ideas to encourage imagination and interaction: count and sort shapes and colors; set the table, then prepare and serve a “meal”; learn the cause and effect of arranging and turning gears; or count money and make change at the grocery store. Play has purpose, so come for storytime and stay to play and continue learning…or make the library your (free!) Saturday afternoon destination.
 
posted Feb 22, 2014 by Erin C. Category: Parenting/Child Care

Student graduation=healthy community
Hennepin County's A-GRAD reflects its commitment to help students successfully graduate. Kids graduating high school results in successful citizens, a healthier economy and fewer drains on government resources.
 
posted Jan 26, 2014 by Jody W. Category: Parenting/Child Care

Teens Read
Cover Art Check out our teen book lists to find books for fun and for school. Our Easy Reads list and Due Tomorrow? lists can help out with book reports, and if you need to find a good book in a specfic genre or time period we have even more lists.
 
posted Nov 19, 2013 by Jody W. Category: Parenting/Child Care

Show-stealer Classroom Read Alouds
Cover Art Looking for a winning book to read to pre-K through grade 1 school groups? Choose one of these awesome books to captivate groups of young listeners, and be the star of the show!
 
posted Oct 9, 2013 by Erin C. Category: Parenting/Child Care

And They're Off!
Cover Art Have a little one heading off to school? Help your child make the transition with a book (or a few!) from our back-to-school book list. For older children, be sure to check out our resources for grown ups and our great collection of databases and websites for homework help.
 
posted Aug 23, 2013 by Erin C. Category: Parenting/Child Care

Bookawocky
Our summer reading website gives kids chances to win a free book by earning badges through online activities such as sharing book lists, writing book reviews, taking quizzes and creating blog posts to reflect on their summer learning. Enter a drawing by August 17 to win Twins tickets as well!
 
posted Jul 16, 2013 by Jody W. Category: Parenting/Child Care

Celebrating Our Family Stories
Cover Art Hennepin County Library has joined the Twin Cities in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride this June by offering a variety of programs, including "Celebrating our Family Stories" a program for children and families in collaboration with Family Equality Council, Rainbow Rumpus and COLAGE, and in partnership with Urban Arts Academy.
Find books and resources year-round by visiting any of the 41 HCL locations, and viewing our online booklists that feature and celebrate LGBT familes.
 
posted Jun 14, 2013 by Erin C. Category: Parenting/Child Care

Technology for Children
Wondering if your child should be spending some or any time with an iPad? You're not alone. The recent article in The Atlantic, "The Touch-Screen Generation," and pieces on Minnesota Public Radio and National Public Radio about screen time for children have gotten people thinking more about how television or touch screen devices may affect early childhood development. Visit our Tech Together page for a great list of sources on best use, reviews of apps and other digital resources, and suggestions for how to engage with your child using technology and interactive media.
 
posted Apr 26, 2013 by Erin C. Category: Parenting/Child Care

Sites and Apps for Working Moms
Working Mother has put together a "Best of the Net" list of sites and blogs of interest to working moms (though many will have appeal to any parent) on topics like parenting, news & issues, coupons, products, home ideas, and lifestyle. While you're at it, check out their list of "25 Best Apps for Working Moms".
 
posted Feb 20, 2013 by Erin C. Category: Parenting/Child Care

Check out KidLinks
Learn about books & reading, education, online safety and parenting & childcare for school age children in our section called for grownups on KidLinks, our website for students ages 6-12.
 
posted Jan 15, 2013 by Jody W. Category: Parenting/Child Care


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