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Services / Resources: For Parents

On-site Services

A variety of helpful equipment, archives and services are available at your local Marathon County Public Library! Some resources are only available at certain MCPL locations, as noted below.

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Story Times

Bring your children to story time at your local Marathon County Public Library! Story times are intended to introduce children to literature and reading through storytelling, songs, games, puppets and fingerplays. Many of our story times meet on a regular basis, while some are specially scheduled. See below for details. Story times are offered at our... (read more)

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Marathon County Public Library is challenging parents to read more books with their children!The "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" initiative is meant to introduce children to a wide range of literature, encourage families to spend quality time together and promote pre-literacy and learning so children enter school ready to read, listen and learn.... (read more)

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Children's Events

Visit your local MCPL for children's activities for all ages, including story times, arts & crafts, family movies, early literacy programs, STEAM / STEM events,... (read more)

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LENA Start Marathon County

The first three years of a child's life are vital to brain development! Children from birth onward learn through talking, singing, reading and playing. During these interactions, children learn how the world works, acquire vocabulary, stimulate different parts of their brain, as well as many other benefits. While this may seem easy enough, some caregivers... (read more)

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Online Resources

The following are databases to which the library has subscribed and websites that are affiliated with the library or host library-owned content. For an A-Z listing of all online resources, click here.

Websites

The following are third-party websites suggested by library staff for your consideration according to our Materials Selection Procedure. Use these websites at your own risk; they are not controlled or monitored by the library.

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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media rates and reviews movies, TV shows, books and more so parents and educators can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids. Common Sense Media is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization.

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Connect Safely

ConnectSafely.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. You’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.

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Film Ratings | Motion Picture Association

Movie ratings provide parents with advance information about the content of movies to help them determine what movies are appropriate for their children at any age. After all, parents are best suited to knowing each of their children’s individual sensitivities and sensibilities to pick movies for them. Ratings are assigned by a board of parents who consider...

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Helping Kids Grieve

The resources provided by Sesame Street in Communities include guidance on talking about grief, activities to do as a family, and videos to help kids heal after loss.

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How to Help the Healing Process-Grief

This resource from the New York Life Foundation provides guidance on talking about loss with children to help build resilience. It also has information to help plan for family holidays after experiencing loss.

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OnGuard Online

This resource from the Federal Trade Commission provides online security tips and resources for all internet users and includes resources for educators and parents.

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PBS Parents

This resource on child development and early learning "also serves as a parent's window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS Kids program."

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Talking to Children About Traumatic Events

This resource, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, provides concrete steps to help families discuss tragic events and their feelings about them. The guidance is also organized by age group.

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