How can you support your children as they grow? Introduce them to the library at an early age!
The Marion Library has a wealth of children's programming and early literacy activities (see our Events, Story Time, and Reading Program pages). We encourage you to attend programs with your children and to participate in the activities: they will learn what you model for them! Remember to be attentive, turn off your cell phones, and don't talk during the stories.
We also offer library tours for classes, troops, or whoever would like to schedule one. On occasion, our children’s staff can do special visits. Contact Olivia Stoner, our Children’s Services Coordinator, for details.
Online Resources for Children
Kids Search: news, current events, dictionary, encyclopedia, and images.
Searchasaurus: topical news and magazine articles especially for kids.
Tumblebooks: online animated talking picture books for kids.
Pronunciator: Learn languages through native conversations. Basic courses for travelers and complete courses for more advanced learning.
The Digital Public Library of America has access to digitized information and archives, and features interesting online "exhibits" that change regularly!
Does your child read at a certain Lexile level? Click the link to find books at their reading level on the official Lexile website.
Here is a wonderful page from the American Library Association of recommended sites for children in various categories (Animals, Arts, History & Biography, Literature & Languages, Reference Desk, Mathematics & Computers, Sciences, and Social Sciences).
Online Book Clubs and Reading Programs
Mensa has a wonderful reading program for children and teens, with books lists for children ages Kindergarten through 12th grade.
National Public Radio (NPR) has Backseat Book Club for children, including author interviews and forums!
Blank Park Zoo has a book club for the youngest readers with their mascot Ruby the Reading Red Panda. Every week she selects a picture book to read and discuss with her zoo friends! Like her page on Facebook to meet Ruby and see what book she's reading next!
New York Public Library (NYPL) has a list of the 100 greatest children's books of the last 100 years. How many of these wonderful books have you read and check out catalog for the new titles to read!
Home School Resources
The library offers many resources for home school programs. Please be sure to talk with Dawn Cline, our Children's Department homeschool liaison, if you have questions or are looking for something in particular.
We know many home school parents take advantage of our library resources (including our Online Resources for Students and Interlibrary Loan service). Here are some links about which you should be aware:
Marion ISD Home School Assistance Program supports and assists parents in their chosen role as the primary educators of their children by offering a variety of services to help parents accomplish this very challenging and rewarding task.
Linn Mar Home School Assistance Program is a support service of the Linn-Mar Community School District for families who choose to educate their children at home. The Linn-Mar HSAP can help you with CPI and Open Enrollment forms, dual enrollment, and other home schooling questions.
Iowa Home Educators provides support for the general homeschooler; register today to add your voice to the community!
A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling offers an astonishing amount of information on Iowa Homeschooling, links, chats, blogs, legal information, email lists, and how to get started. A must-see site, coordinated by Ann Zeise.