Family Resources

Parent, Teacher, and Student Resources

Resources at WCDPL:

  • Ellison Die Cuts - Cut out letters and shapes that are great for posters and other creative projects. 
  • Teachers: Library Assignment? Call the Children's Place (419-352-8253) prior to assigning a topic for class study. Books will be pulled and put on closed reserve (non-circulating status) in the library.
  • Teachers: Need Books for a Unit? Fill out the embedded Google Form below a week in advance to have books on a topic held at the Children's Place for you. We will need to know your name, the school/daycare it is for, the best way to contact you, what topic(s) you need, how many books you would like us to pull, the preferred age range, and when you need them by.
  • Teachers: Arrange a Virtual Meeting with Librarian. We are happy to talk to your class over Google Meets to tell them about what's going on at the library, how to find digital resources, and many other topics! Contact us at 419-352-8253 or at to set something up!

Learning Tools for You and Your Tween or Teen:

  • - All about adolescent literature for parents and educators.
  • Spelling and Vocabulary - Take a test, play a game, or see flashcards based on your personalized list of words.

Resources for You:

  • Find titles by Accelerated Reader and Lexile Reading levels in our catalog or by title
  • Ohio Means Jobs - Online resource for career and educational information, including career exploration tips, training, and assessment techniques, and ACT and SAT prep
  • OnGuard Online - On-line safety tips and advice for parents
  • Living Life Online - On-line safety tips and advice for students
  • Connect Safely - Find online safety tips and advice.

Teacher Request Form

Digital Resources for Parents

Growing Up in a Digital Environment – Finding Balance

The staff of the Children’s Place support families in their own decisions and practice around media use. We pay attention to the expanding digital landscape with its challenges and opportunities for learning.  We have access to and want to share recommendations for and research on children’s media use.  We want to talk with you – to engage and interact with this media. The Children’s Place staff wants to be good role models as we read, explore, and take advantage of training programs to develop our own skills as Media Mentors.

Use Our Collection

Here are a few books in our collection that may be helpful to you.


Find our red 3-ring binder full of helpful articles about apps and media use printed for convenient reading in the Children’s Place, located in the Family Literacy and Parenting section.

Visit Online Resources

Find lots of valuable digital tools and apps organized for Early Learning (ages 3-5) through High School and beyond at INFOhio: Ohio's PreK-12 Digital Library.

Contact the Children's Place Desk at 419-352-8253 or for username and password information for INFOhio. 

Here are a few online sites that may also be helpful.

Tips for selecting/sharing media with your child:  

  • Treat it like a book & together, take a look. Young children learn best through interactions!  Cuddle up-the same way you share a book.
  • Ask your child to tell you about what’s going on in the app. Your child will build important narrative skills – a critical building block when learning to read.
  • Let your child lead. Observe how they explore and pace themselves.  Getting stuck frequently may mean the app is above their level or it is a poorly designed app.
  • Let apps inspire “real world play.” Does the app have a robot character?  Do a robot dance together…build a robot from recycled stuff.
  • Choose apps that build relationships. Does the app inspire conversation and the exploration of new topics or challenges?
  • Choose apps that engage higher-thinking skills. If children are just poking the screen to make something happen, they’re not really learning.
  • Be a Media Model. Children learn best by example.
  • Teach your child a variety of calming techniques.   When children get upset, it’s easy to reach for a screen for a quick fix.  Remember to balance that response with additional strategies and techniques…such as slow breaths, talking about feelings, going outdoors, punching a pillow, playing with/or in water, a warm hug.
  • Find your family’s balance. Some children respond to specific time limits; others are suited to more flexible, project-based parameters.  You know your child best.  A conscious media usage plan can be agreed upon.  Building healthy media habits now will serve your children well for the rest of their lives.

Where do you find high-quality apps for your child?

These sites review apps:

Have you downloaded the Hoopla, Libby, and Tumblebooks apps to your devices?

Your family can borrow or stream eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics, magazines, or television shows using the library’s Hoopla, Ohio Digital Library, and Tumblebooks digital collections. All three have apps to make using them on your mobile device more convenient. You may download these apps from your device’s app store.

The Hoopla app has an easy way to browse for kid-friendly content: Kids Mode! To try it, go to the Settings menu of the Hoopla app on your mobile device. Then flip the toggle to turn Kids Mode on or off.

On your mobile device, the Ohio Digital Library is powered by the Libby app. Once it’s installed, you can easily see the kids’ collection by selecting the “Kids” from the pull-down menu in the upper right corner of the screen.

Tumblebooks offers an online collection of audio/visual picture books, chapter books, read alongs, graphic novels, math stories, and nonfiction which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music, and narration to existing books in order to produce an electronic book which you can read, or have read to you. There are also videos to watch and language learning stories in Spanish and French to listen to and read. There are games and puzzles to play as well, and a brand new app developed for users like you!

More information and help using these collections and their apps is available below, or we’d love to help you in person in the library!

Online Safety

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