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Back-to-School Resources

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The Metropolitan Library System is committed to supporting your child’s education through a variety of high-quality resources. Check out these free services from databases to programs to books and learn more about how we can help.






Learn about continents, countries, and landscapes through CultureGrams’ interactive maps. Entries for each region of the world contain videos depicting local customs and easy to read historical timelines.


Explora for Elementary School Student Research

These new Explora databases are a goldmine for children, teachers, and parents. They contains articles, videos, and activities for children, in addition to lesson plans for teachers. Furthermore, they contain entries from popular reference books which are great starting points for talking to children about sources and citations.


Britannica Library Children

Britannica is a colorful and user-friendly encyclopedia for children. This is a great alternative to Wikipedia as entries are concise and contain two reading level tabs to choose from.


Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Being able to articulate a cohesive and well-researched viewpoint is an imperative skill for any young person today. Opposing Viewpoints is a database organized by social issue, in which each entry contains links to various viewpoints, images, and statistics allowing the user to form an opinion on a matter. It is a particularly useful tool for social science projects or talking to your children about current events.


Science Online

Don’t let scary words like polyatomic ion get you down! Science Online is an accessible science database that covers a variety of disciplines such as chemistry, biology, anatomy, and math. Each module contains clear definitions, illustrations, and videos to illustrate concepts. You can also download handouts of short science experiments to do with your child.


Writer's Reference Center

Even the best writers need to double-check their grammar and punctuation. Search through the Writer’s Reference Center to look up common writing questions, including style, reference, and formatting.



Homework Help

Locating and scheduling a tutor can be time-consuming and expensive. Many of our branches such as Southern Oaks, Capitol Hill, and Midwest City, provide weekly Homework Help so that your child can have one-on-one time with a competent volunteer. Check out our Events page to locate a Homework Help near you.

Children Reading to Dogs

Learning to read is an important milestone in a child’s development and can require some extra support. If your child needs to practice reading or overcome anxiety associated with reading aloud, bring them to one of our Reading to Dogs program. Reading to a furry friend can provide a safe and soothing environment for them to practice.

After School Programs

After a tiring day of school, the library can be a fun place to decompress while acquiring new skills. From Lego Club, to gaming, and cosplay, there are a myriad of opportunities for school-aged kids to socialize and learn.


The Library's Tween Non Fiction areas contain a wide variety of short and interesting books that can be used as sources for research projects. Organizations like National Geographic have excellent series on topics like history, geography, and science.

Picture books are also helpful to supplement certain topics. Picture book biographies are currently a popular genre in Children’s Literature and MLS has a large selection of them. There are also many fiction picture books that address social issues and identity, like disability, family structure, gender equality, and poverty. Reading a story before diving into a topic can trigger a child’s interest and motivate them to learn more.

Did you know that the library has documentaries for kids? They can be compelling alternatives for children who want to learn more about a subject but may not have the motivation to read a book.

You can build upon what your child is learning in music classes by listening to music at home. Ask your child what composer or musician they are learning about at school and check metrolibrary.org for CDs.



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