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A Note About Staying Safe at the Library
We want to remind parents and caregivers of our library policy for unattended children at the library. If your child is taking the bus to the library after school, please be aware that while library staff is available to help them with library-related questions, they are not able to watch your child at all times.
Per our policy, children ages 10 and younger are not permitted to be at the library without an adult caregiver. The library is a large building, with numerous rooms, hallways, and exits. Library staff cannot monitor where children and teens are in the library or, if they leave the building, outside of the library. This is a public building, which means that ANYONE can come in and out.
We want the Charlton Library to be a safe place for all of our patrons, but we need your help to keep it that way. If your child is older than 10 and getting off the bus at the library, or walking to the library alone, please talk to them about staying safe and specifically not to leave the building with anyone they do not know. We also request that children and teens have a way to get in touch with a parent or caregiver in the event the library has to close early for any reason.
Read our Unattended Children Policy
If you have any questions about this email or our policy, please feel free to contact Cheryl Hansen, Library Director or Molly Garlick, Head of Youth Services.
Thank you,
Charlton Library Staff

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Encouraging Your Children to Read
The links below will take you to sites that provide great suggestions for helping your child develop and maintain an interest in reading. Check back often - we'll keep adding and modifying the list of suggested links.

20 Ways for Parents to Encourage Reading

Resources from Reading is Fundamental (RIF) - Literacy Central
Tips for Reading Aloud with Elementary School Children
Choosing Books for a Reluctant Reader

Best Children’s
This website is created by teachers and general public. It's a good source if your looking for books by subject or level.

Internet Safety
On Guard Online - this site from the federal government provides tips for parents for navigation online safety including talking with your kids.

NetSmartz - this site created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has links for parents, educators, law enforcement to find information for internet safety. Each page provides presentations and links to more information. This site also has a link for parents with teens and a special section just for kids.

Cybersmart - this website created by the Australian government is great for resources and advice about being online safely for all ages.

FBI's Parent Guide to Internet Safety - this is a direct link to the FBI's informational pamphlet to online exploitation and the risks to your children.

Helping with Homework
Family Education
This site is packed with 'back-to-school' information - and it goes beyond homework help (although there is a great homework section here...)
The main back-to-school page includes links on getting ready for school, back-to-school safety, 'what parents need to know this school year', and even breakfast and lunch ideas and recipes.
TLS Books Free Worksheets
Need a little more help with school work or wishing to educationally occupy your kids then this site is full of free educational worksheets for PreK to Grade 5.
Scholastic School Success
Tips from scholastic to help your kids succeed in school from PreK to grade 8

Parenting Tips

Health and Parenting Center
This site from WebMD covers popular hot topics in parenting and health, popular searches as well as access to their online parenting community.

Planned Parenthood - Tools for Parents
Great source for tips on talking to children about growing up




Language and Literacy Skills
Set the stage for a lifetime of learning! Read, talk, sing, write, and play with your child to develop and foster a lifetime of literacy. Created by the Multnomah County Library.

Great Books
Newbery Medal
Recognizes distinguished contribution to American children’s literature.

Caldecott Medal
Recognizes distinguished art in an American picture book.

Sibert Medal
Recognizes the most distinguished informational picture book published in English.

Geisel Award
Recognizes authors for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.