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Books and More

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Homework Help

Homework Help Blog

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Early Literacy

Literacy development begins at birth. Children begin to associate shapes, symbols, books, and objects with contexts before they are able to actually read and write.

To help develop these emergent skills, our early literacy area includes skills-focused manipulatives, puppets for creative play and social skills, plus iPads and AWE stations with educational apps.

Early Literacy Online Resources

These fun online resources contains stories and games specifically geared towards beginning and pre-readers.

  • ABCmouse — interactive books and educational activities (in-library use only)
  • MeLBookFlix — interactively explore fiction and non-fiction
  • MeLBritannica Learning Zone — activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills; school code is MeL5
  • MeLEarly World of Learning — early literacy games and other learning activities
  • Tumblebooks — great online books

Fun and Games

For Preschoolers


Thorndyke T. Bear is our resident bear. He, along with his comrade-in-arms LB (Little Buddy), keep an eye over the Children's Library and have adventures. You can follow their exploits at Thorndyke Thoughts. For more on Thorndyke and LB, see: