Susan Slater, Children’s Librarian
Kelley Wood, Assistant

SPECIAL RESOURCES DURING the current pandemic

Here are some FREE resources you might want to try.

Check out The Reading Road Trip episodes with Checkers the Inventor and Snoozer plus Ms. Susan’s ABC Read with Me recorded readings on our website here.

Imagination Library Bedtime Stories with Dolly Parton: Everyone’s favorite book lady is bringing children and families everywhere some delightful stories. Goodnight with Dolly is a 10-week special series of weekly videos featuring Dolly Parton reading select Imagination Library books. For Dolly’s archived readings click here.

Parents in Warren can have one Imagination Library book a month mailed to their home FREE for children from birth up to age five (not eligible once they turn five). Contact Jefferson DeFrees at this link to register your child.

Learning at Home: PBS and the Pa Department of Education teamed up to create Learning at Home, your connection to thousands of hours of educational and entertaining videos, activities and games to support you. Teachers, parents and caregivers, please explore

For children who love comics you can find a wide assortment of comics on Comics Plus, our new online resource. Go to   and click on Comics Plus, and then enter your library account number, which can be found on the back of your library card. Enjoy reading online comics such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Bone, Minecraft, Rainbow Brite, Hotel Transylvania, Thea Stilton and more. 

More than 1000 free resources from Lakeshore such as Lessons & Activities and Make Your Own: Look under “Resources”.

Access virtual story times at; For January, Ms. Susan recommends How I Met My Monster read by Nancy Cartwright, who does a great job telling this monster tale with different voices. 

Lerner Publishing Group is proud to support parents, educators, librarians, and readers of all ages with “Help at Home.” The new site includes author videos, free downloads, and resources to help with virtual learning during these difficult times. 

Find free author and illustrator readings, book buzzes, lessons, and more for remote classrooms and homeschooling at


children’s programs

We are not able to offer any in-person programs this fall. All programs will be virtual. Check out the Virtual Programs page for programs such as Checkers Library TV and links to recorded story times. Imagine Your Story has summer story recordings by Ms. Susan, Ms. Kelley and volunteer Ms. Donna. ABC Read with Me has recordings that are being recorded this fall and winter by Ms. Susan that focus on different letters of the alphabet.                                                                   

ABC Mouse for Libraries

The award-winning curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2–7+) build a strong foundation for academic success. is 100% educational, with more than 4,000 learning activities across all major subject areas-reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it. And it’s free to use when visiting the Warren Public Library! From Age of Learning, Inc.

ALA Book, Print & Media Awards

The American Library Association and its member units honor books, print and other forms of media through a variety of awards. These awards are given to publications, and the authors, illustrators, and publishers who create them. Newbery and Caldecott are just two of the numerous award lists you will find here. These lists can serve as an excellent resource when selecting books for your children.

Storyline Online

An award-winning children’s literacy website. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation streams videos featuring well-known actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. The site also offers activity guides.  Click on the photo of the book to start the recording of the book you choose.  The site also offers an app.

Pennsylvania Center for the Book

The mission of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book is to study, honor, celebrate, and promote books, reading, libraries, and literacy to the citizens and residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Includes links to award lists, blogs, reviews, book clubs, family literacy projects, book events such as conferences and festivals.

Parents' Choice: Children's Media and Toy Reviews

Professionals with various areas of expertise evaluate audio, books, DVDs, magazines, mobile apps, software, television, toys, video games, and websites.  Awards are arranged by category, and reviews are provided.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

A fun and educational website designed for students, parents, and teachers. It provides an introduction to how the U.S. Government works based on information resources available on the Government Printing Office website.


Perfect for early readers, English Language Learners, and reluctant readers, BookFLIX and pairs quality fiction video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks. Also included with each pair of books are interactive games and activites, web links, author biographies, and resources for educators, librarians and parents. You will have to enter your library card number at some point, which can be found on the back of your library card. As long as your library card number is active, you should be able to access BookFLIX and TrueFLIX.


On the POWER Kids webpage find the POWER Library’s e-resources (Chat with a Librarian, books, movies, and more, and PA Photos and Documents) are now presented in a single, kid-friendly interface.

Need a Power Library eCard? Learn how to get one by watching the video at this link!