Parents & Teachers

The Young Minds and Family Learning Department has a wealth of resources for children and their families.  Click one of the topics below to find more resources the library offers specifically for parents & teachers!

Parents' Guide to Using the Library

We offer a wide-variety of programs for all ages that are free-of-charge. Please check out our Programs and Events page for more information.

The Collection
The NHFPL Young Minds Department has a wide variety of books, magazines, movies, and audiobooks.We also have a Parenting collection which features books and videos with advice on childrearing.  Books are divided into categories:

  •  E=Picture books
  •  J Fic=Chapter books
  •  J 000-999=Nonfiction books
  •  Reader=Beginning Reader books organized by level
  •  jB=Biographies
  •  Concept collection (ABC, 123, Colors)
  •  Board books
  •  Graphic Novels
  •  Foreign language books
  •  Holiday collection



Parents' Guide to Internet Safety
Child Safety on the Information Superhighway Guidance on setting limits for children as they explore online resources.
Connect Safely Especially designed for parents and tweens and teens about socializing safely on the World Wide Web.
Stop Cyber Bullying Information on what it is and how to prevent it.
Protect Kids Online Brought to you by Government’s Federal Trade Commission.


Web Resources for Parenting
Early Literacy


Helping Your Child Get Ready for School – This site, from the U.S. Department of Education, describes the developmental stages from birth to age five, and introduces activities parents can do with their children at each stage to help prepare them for kindergarten.
Reading Is Fundamental – This national literacy organization offers tips and resources to help you turn your child of any age into a reader. They also have a Spanish/English site for families.
Literacy Toolkit – Excellent resources for families on early literacy and early education created by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

School Age


Helping Your Child With Homework- Guidance for parents of elementary and middle school students from the U.S. Department of Education.
Quizlet – Help your child study with flashcards and quizzes from Quizlet. Also find help preparing for a wide range of standardized tests.
Connecticut State Department of Education – Covers a wide-range of topics including bullying, public school choice and preparing for college.

Health and Safety


Zero to Three – This is a national nonprofit whose goal is to support parents, professionals and policymakers so that babies and toddlers have better lives.
KidsHealth – With separate sections for parents, kids and teens, this site contains lots of information on infections, behavior and emotions, food and fitness and general health.
Medline Plus Child and Teen Health Topics- Extensive information on many health-related topics, including asthma, ear infections, developmental disabilities, and more. A service of the national Library of Medicine.
Cerebral Palsy Group- The Cerebral Palsy Group provides information, support, resources and education to those affected by CP.

Local Resources


connectedkidslink Get Connected New Haven- Developed in partnership by the Community Services Administration and United Way is powered by 2-1-1 Connecticut. It is a one-stop-shop guide to New Haven’s community programs. Jump straight to their Early Childhood section here. 

HulaFrog New Haven-Lists of local events for kids and families.
New Haven Youth Map-Search by age or interest to find activities for kids and teens throughout New Haven.
Daily Nutmeg-New Haven – Find out what’s happening around the city, includes an area specifically for families.
New Haven Early Childhood Council – Information on events for young children in New Haven and much more.

Book and Media Reviews


Common Sense Media – This non-partisan, non-profit organization provides reviews on books, movies, apps, websites, video games, television and music. – Information and reviews on children’s books. Designed for children, but you can subscribe to the parent newsletter.
Great Websites for Kids – Websites in all areas vetted by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.


Teachers: Book a Class Visit
Bring your class to the library for a fun tour! We offer hour-long programs for pre-school through High School that can be tailored to your needs. Our Young Minds Librarians will present a grade appropriate library introduction and story time.
Visits are generally available Monday through Friday from 10:00-11:00 at the Ives Main Branch. Call 203.946.8129 to reserve your spot. Can’t come to us? We’ll come to you! Class visits can also be made to our other branches. Contact each branch directly for information.