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Parents & Caregivers

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Do you have a child in your life?

The Library offers a wide variety of developmentally appropriate programming, specially designed spaces, and materials for children of all ages, parents, and caregivers. Explore the links below or visit your nearest Library location to learn more!

Also check out our Children’s and Teen’s pages for more information.

General Parenting Links

  • Child Development Institute: Provides information on child development, psychology, health issues, parenting and family life.
  • Children Now: Children Now is a nonpartisan organization recognized nationally for its policy expertise and up-to-date information regarding children. The targeted audience is broad, reaching out to parents, lawmakers, citizens, business, media and community leaders.
  • Parent’s Choice Foundation: Provides a non-profit consumer guide to children's books, toys, audio, video, software, TV and magazines.

Babies and Toddlers

  • Zero to Three: Straightforward science-based information and tools designed to help parents and caregivers nurture their young children’s development.
  • Born Learning: Help grow your childs brain by turning everyday moments into fun learning opportunities for your child.
  • Smart Start Central Oklahoma: Information on helping your child be prepared for school. Links to great local information and agencies working in Oklahoma County for families.
  • Center for Early Literacy Learning: Early literacy activities for parents and caregivers to do with babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Early Birds Oklahoma: program created by Smart Start of Central Oklahoma to help parents of children from birth to 5 years with for school readiness.

Reading and Books

Health and Safety

  • KidsHealth: Created by the pediatric medical experts at The Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children, The Nemours Childrens Clinic, and other children's health facilities nationwide. Articles on many aspects of child health, for parents, kids, and teens.
  • Healthfinder: Gateway to selected health and human services information resources with online links to governmental and public organizations by subject, including parenting, infants, children, teens, and families.
  • National Immunization Program: Centers for Disease Control compiled information on childhood diseases and immunization.
  • HealthyChildren.org: Is a online resource powered by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians who dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Blog Entries

Events

Story & Song: Learning

October 4, 2022
11:00am - 11:30am
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Zoom (Downtown)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Family Programs, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Description:
Join us online for Storytime with the Downtown Library! Our theme of the week is: Learning! Connect virtually with other children and caregivers as you enjoy interactive songs, stories, and rhymes from the comfort of your home. Register to receive...

Disclaimer(s)

This event is an online event offered through video and web conferencing software.  If you register for this program, you will be emailed the link to connect digitally.   Please note, you may need to install an app or computer application to attend this program.  If you have any issues connecting, please reach out to askalibrarian@metrolibrary.org.

Musictime for Babies

October 6, 2022
9:00am - 9:45am
Edmond Library
Registration
Library Branch: Edmond Library
Room: Meeting Room AB (Edmond)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 18
Event Description:

Discover the power of music at your neighborhood library! Research proves that early integration of music into a child’s daily routine improves a child’s ability to think, create, and express. Join us as we sing, move, explore and create beautiful music together.

This session is specifically for babies ages 8 weeks - 24 months ...

Musictime for Children (2-5yrs)

October 6, 2022
10:00am - 10:45am
Edmond Library
Registration
Library Branch: Edmond Library
Room: Meeting Room AB (Edmond)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
Event Description:

Discover the power of music at your neighborhood library! Research proves that early integration of music into a child’s daily routine improves a child’s ability to think, create, and express. Join us as we sing, move, explore and create beautiful music together.

This session is specifically for children ages 2-5 years old. ...

Musictime for Children (2-5yrs)

October 6, 2022
11:00am - 11:45am
Edmond Library
Registration
Library Branch: Edmond Library
Room: Meeting Room AB (Edmond)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
Event Description:

Discover the power of music at your neighborhood library! Research proves that early integration of music into a child’s daily routine improves a child’s ability to think, create, and express. Join us as we sing, move, explore and create beautiful music together.

This session is specifically for children ages 2-5 years old. ...

Musictime

October 7, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am
Warr Acres Library
Registration
Library Branch: Warr Acres Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Warr Acres)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Family Programs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 23
Event Description:
Move and groove with Miss Ginger! Discover the power of music at the library. Research shows that early integration of music into a child’s daily routine improves their ability to think, create, and express. Come with your child to sing, dance, an...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to be in attendance and be engaged with your child for this program. 

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Collections

Tumble Book Library - eBooks for kids

TumbleBook Library

The TumbleBook Library has over a thousand always available eBooks for elementary school students. It includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, and graphic novels as well as learning activities for literacy and reading comprehension such as puzzles, games, quizzes, and lesson plans.

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Kids & Screen Time

Do you often wonder if your child is getting too much screen time, whether from a phone, TV, or other device? These titles advise how to balance your family’s screen time.

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Many parents dread having the sex talk with their kids. It can be awkward. But we have you covered with books to help explain sex, whether you’re giving a little information to a younger child or going more in depth with an older child. There are both secular and religious-based titles, so you can choose what is right for your family.

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Potty Training

Potty training can be frustrating. Check out some of these adult books to learn how to make it easier. Don’t forget to check out books and DVDs to encourage your little ones to use the potty!

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