We’ve built this portal as a way to reorganize both TADL and curated online resources in a user-friendly format. It’s our goal to be as helpful as we can to the community in this evolving landscape. If you have specific requests or would like more information we’d love to hear from you! Our Facebook page and our reference email are both always available.
Tips from Scholastic for creating a great study space!
The Parent-Teacher Collection is an easy to access resource collection consisting of high demand items for parents, teachers, and caregivers of preschool, and elementary and middle school aged children. This collection of books and resources covers many topics including: parenting skills, discipline, reading and literacy promotion, storytimes at home, children’s learning strategies, preschool activities, learning through art, homework help (various levels), popular subjects for homeschoolers, homeschooling, outdoor activities and enjoyment with children, Common Core information, and more. All books, DVDs, and kits in the collection are intended for checkout (4 weeks for books and DVDs, 2 weeks for kits).
This collection is located in the Youth Services Department at the Main Library across from our Story Room doors. Our goal is to make this browsing collection more convenient for adults seeking reliable information but unable to get to our Adult Services department with their family. Parents, teachers, caregivers, and those working with children as part of their employment or volunteering are encourage to make use of this collection.
School schedules and other resources are available in The Record-Eagle Back-to-School reference guide (August, 2020).
Google Classroom Tutorials – YouTube has lots of great tutorials, but please know there is lots of advertising. How to Use Google Classroom tutorial
- Wide Open School
- Michigan Homeschool Groups – Homeschool World
- The original site of Practical Homeschooling magazine and The Big Book of Home Learning / Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Homeschooling.
- OER Commons
- Michigan Alliance for Families
- Information, Support, & Education Resources
- Distance Education Accrediting Commission
- Considered one of the few legitimate accrediting agencies in the US. There is a cottage industry growing in response to the rise in “distance learning opportunities.” This organization’s accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
- MeL Curriculum Resources
- MeL EduPaths Courses – Designed for educators, but anyone can create a FREE EduPaths account and take these courses.
- Intro to Michigan’s Best Kept FREE Secret
- What Every Educator Should Know
- Michigan eLibrary: Supporting Early Literacy
- Michigan eLibrary: Career, College & Military Preparation
MeL’s eResources present an enormous amount of content to support healthy information literacy habits as well as the Michigan Department of Education’s K-12 Curriculum Standards, Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy and the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students (MITECS). This guide makes connections from MeL content to these instructional competencies.
TADL has a wide range of technology to supplement what your students have available at home and/or at school. These resources include our:
- Public computer lab
- Hotspots and computers parents can check out
- Free Wifi in the Main Library parking lot and on the Main Library grounds
- 3D printing
An important component of learning technology is media literacy – being able to not just use the technology but also to comprehend and vet information to make good decisions in research and discovery. Media literacy resources include:
Lesson plans for evaluating digital information
Library of Things
TADL has an assortment of learning tools available in our Library of Things! This includes musical instruments, digital recording devices, A/V equipment, board and yard games, a telescope, art projector, and more.
TADL Digital Services
You can access videos and books to supplement learning at home through our digital services! If you haven’t used these services before we’ve created a playlist of tutorials to walk you through it.
Special needs students may enjoy items in our Talking Book Library collection! They are available for digital download.
When you NEED to get out of the house!
We offer a wide range of assistance on our website, including needs, resources for legal assistance, and other matters. If you have a question about the Student Success portal – or anything else – please feel free to email a librarian!