Resources for Parents

We've divided this resources section into two parts: information for parents, and reading with your kids.

You might also want to check out our events calendar. You can filter these events to see only children's events by choosing 'Children' in the upper left corner of the calendar.

Tutorials: How to Use These Resources

Resource only available in the library This image indicates a resource that may only be used while connected to Lake County Public Library's internet (including wireless). You may use our public computers for access, or connect to our wireless using your own device (laptop, phone, tablet, etc) while in the building.

Information, Activites, and Other Ideas for Parents

Ask Rose Ask Rose is a website for math and science homework help for Indiana students in grades 6-12. Students can live chat with a tutor or call 1-877-ASK-ROSE. The program is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Consumer Reports Formed in 1936, ConsumerReports is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering you to make informed choices about the products you buy. Read articles on product safety, unbiased reviews of popular products from kitchen appliances to baby clothes, get shopping tips, and more. View Tutorial
Gale Virtual Reference Library Visit a virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. Use it to discover fun activities to do with your kids, educational articles on parenting, and much more. View Tutorial
General OneFile Contains articles from newspapers and magazines from around the world, including magazines like "Today's Parent", "Working Mother", "Family Circle" and many more.
General Reference Center Gold Very similar to General OneFile, but with narrower scope. Contains many of the same magazines, as well as some children's magazines.
Health and Wellness Resource Center Search for remedies for specific symptoms, keep up with health topics in the news, and read up on various diseases and conditions.
Health Reference eBooks eBooks and encyclopedias of various diseases and health concerns
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center Find fun crafts to do with your kids! Also contains craft information for adults (knitting, scrapbooking, beading, etc).
INSPIRE Free to Indiana residents: a searchable database of databases. Find hundreds of further resources!
LCPL Catalog Search our catalog for kids books, parenting advice books, arts and crafts books, cookbooks, and much more.
Legal Forms Library (Gale) Find sample forms and actual forms available for use Ė examples include adoption forms, parental consent forms, and general applications. View Tutorial
NEW! A library of video courses taught by industry experts. Learn business, software, technology, and creative skills! Take courses in 3D animation, music production, marketing, programming languages, and more.
NWI 211 Support for residents of Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper, Starke, and Pulaski Counties. Find info on emergency food, health care, shelter, foreclosure assistance, and more. Or, dial 2-1-1 to speak with a trained specialist.
Opposing Viewpoints inContext Presents the different sides of current events from several magazines and newspapers. If there is an issue that is important to you as a parent, you can find several viewpoints on it here!

Reading with Your Kids

Resource only available in the library With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.comís award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc.
EBSCO eBooks Find several databases dedicated to literature and reading, including some with recommended reading by grade level and reading lists for all ages.
NoveList This database contains recommended reading lists that you can sort based on interest or age group. It'll help you find books, stories, and activities your kids will love!
Our Kids' Catalog A catalog just for kids books! Search by topic (such as animal books or holiday books), title, series, fiction, and nonfiction.
Talking TumbleBooks A database of audiobooks for school-age kids separated into fiction, nonfiction, plays, poetry, Spanish books, and children's books. No need to download - listen online!
TumbleBook Cloud eBooks for middle school and high school students. Selection covers the classics, plays, poetry, graphic novels, and much more! Read straight from your browser.
TumbleBook Cloud Junior Read-along eBooks with professional narration and eBooks kids can read themselves. Designed for kids in early elementary school.
TumbleBookLibrary Animated, talking picture books for kids in elementary school!
WorldCat A combined catalog for libraries across the United States

Can't Find It?

If you can't find what you're looking for in any of our databases, give your local library a call. They can help you figure out which databases would be most helpful to you to further research your topic.

If you'd like to ask a librarian, but it's after library hours, just head over to our Ask a Librarian page! This form lets you contact us at any time of day or night. We'll get you an answer within 24 business hours. Happy researching!