Go Back-to-School with the Library

Go Back-to-School with the Library

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Back to School with DC Public Library

DC Public Library has everything your student needs to stay engaged with learning and have a great school year whether they are entering kindergarten or starting their senior year of high school.

This school year, things are different for many families who are incorporating distance learning into their routine. Visit the Library's new Distance Learning page to find additional resources, including details about meals. 

For Pre-School Aged Children 

  • Getting ready to learn to read? Check out video story books! Video story books bring picture books to life. They provide enjoyment to beginning readers as well as to pre-schoolers. They reinforce what beginning readers are learning about books and reading at school and at home, and they introduce younger children to early literacy skills even before they start to learn to read.
  • Learning to read? The best thing children can do when they’re learning to read is READ, READ and READ some more. Check out these great recommended book lists by grade level.
  • There are many ways you can reinforce what your child is learning in pre-school at home. By incorporating singing, talking, reading, writing and playing into your daily family routine you will be setting your child up for success as a reader.

For School-Aged Children

Children's Books for Back to School


For Teens

  • Access tutoring services and virtual study spaces designed for a wide range of academic needs from tackling a tough homework problem, mastering a new topic or writing a paper.
  • Explore art and literature with the Literature Resource Center
  • Get to know the individuals who have shaped history and culture with the Library's resources on biographies.
  • Research Black Studies with a variety of databases that include access to historic newspapers, eyewitness accounts of historic events and more.
  • Dive into Latino Studies with both English and Spanish Langauge resources.
  • Cover your research bases by looking up topics in the Library's digital encyclopedias, general reference databases as well as magazines and newspapers.
  • Immerse yourself in current events and history in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Find the perfect image for your paper, project or presentation with Image Quest
  • Learning a new language? Find language-learning resources for more than 70 different languages as well as a variety of E-Books and AudioBooks to help you practice your skills. 
  • Dig into local history with access to current and historic local newspapers, including the Baltimore SunThe Washington Star, The Washington Post, and more. 
  • Want to learn more about media? Check out the Library's film and music resources.
  • Build your knowledge around STEM with magazines, academic journals, videos and practice exercises for science and math
  • Getting ready for academic and licensing tests? The library can help with test prep. Take practice tests for high school standardized tests and for college entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT.
  • Take online classes in subjects like math, photography, science, music, art, cooking and many more. 
  • Just because the school year has begun doesn't mean you have to stop reading for fun. Find reading lists organized by grade and theme to help find your next favorite book. 
  • Find the joy in discovery all school-year long. Visit goDigital to find more resources for reading, listening, watching and learning.
Teen Books for Back to School


More Resources for Educators and Learners of All Ages at the Library

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