Resources for Parents

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

As many parents and caregivers add the role of educator to their duties, they find themselves confronted with a wide variety of new challenges. Help is here! Discover the Library services and resources that support learning, whether students are at school or at home.

Check this page regularly to see new information, tips from staff, and ideas for using Library materials in our special "Support Your Virtual Learner" section.

Student Library Accounts
Coming Soon! If your child attends a public school, watch for information from their school about this exciting partnership!

Virtual Learning: Support for Families (Facebook)

The Facebook group “Virtual Learning: Support for Families group" provides a place for families to discuss questions and concerns about the virtual learning process, and also learn how the St. Charles City-County Library can offer support for families as they navigate virtual learning. Members of the group are encouraged to post, comment, and engage in discussion about the successes and struggles of learning virtually.



Homework Help

Whether your child is just starting their school journey or in their Senior year of high school, we are here to help! Parents can find resources like

  • Brainfuse HelpNow 
  • LearningExpress 
  • and so much more



Niche Academy Online Tutorials

Need to brush up on your skills to help the kids navigate online learning tools? Niche Academy has ready-to-use tutorials to help you help your students! These short tutorials will walk you through how to use the Library catalog, Google, LinkedIn Learning, research products, and more.

Classes and Events

Explore our Classes and Events calendar to find the perfect class or event for your child. There are recurring classes like Let’s Learn, Let’s Explore, Teens and Tweens Create, Tweens Talk, and more. Also, there are always new and exciting classes created by our wonderful Librarians!


Create confident readers 
One reading level at a time

Launchpad Reading Academy is a 5-level guided reading system that helps kids learn to read with apps, storybooks, and videos. No downloads. No Wifi. Borrow a tablet and watch the learning happen right before your eyes.

Check out the Launchpad Reading Academy materials and our entire Launchpad collection.

Don't Forget to Enjoy Some Family Fun!

From movies and music to animated, talking ebooks, the Library provides more than just your ordinary books! You can also explore our Library of Things to check out baking pans, outdoor games, telescopes and more!

Support Your Virtual Learner - Tips from Staff!
Help Your Kids Stay Connected With Their Friends During Pandemic
Opportunities to socialize may get overlooked when participating in virtual learning. However, just because your child is not in school doesn't mean they can't "get together" with their friends. Using our General OneFile database, we found a few ideas you can use to help facilitate together time, including setting up a virtual playdate on Zoom. Never used Zoom before? No problem! Head on over to Lynda.com for a short tutorial!
How to Set Up the Best School Desk for Your Kid at Home
Transitioning from a summertime eat-your-cereal-in-front-of-the-TV mindset to one that encourages learning can be tough, even for adults. According to experts, one of the most important things parents can do to help this transition is to create a designated workspace for your child. Find ideas on how to do just this, no matter your space or budget constraints, in a recent article from the Philadelphia Inquirer, accessed using Gale In Context: Biography.