great websites for kidsCHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource featuring hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

Great Websites for Kids

The newly added sites are:
“The committee strives to choose sites that are inclusive and wide-ranging in topic and interest. This session, we are particularly excited to be adding two new Spanish language sites and one site that will be of specific interest to Canadian users,” said Lara Crews, children’s librarian, Forsyth County (North Carolina) Public Library, and Lisa Taylor, senior librarian, Ocean County (New Jersey) Library, co-chairs of the 2015 Great Websites for Kids Committee.
Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) presents links to high-quality websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings such as animals; art; history; literature; sciences; and more. Each site entry includes a brief annotation and a grade-level rating. GWS users can also rate sites, save their favorites for easy access and share sites via social media and email.
Members of the ALSC GWS Committee evaluate potential sites and choose the very best to be included in the online database. The committee also routinely inspects site content to maintain accuracy and relevance of the featured sites.
Members of the 2015 Great Websites for Kids Committee are: Lara Crews, co-chair, Forsyth County (North Carolina) Public Library; Lisa Taylor, co-chair, Ocean County (New Jersey) Library; Emily E. Bacon, Yorktown (Indiana) Public Library; Ariel Cummins, New Braunfels (Texas) Public Library; Jill Eisele, Bellwood (Illinois) Public Library; Krishna Grady, Darien (Connecticut) Library; Joanne Kelleher, Kings Park (New York) Central School District; Elizabeth Saxton, Tiffin, Ohio; and Alia Shields, Cherry Hill (New Jersey) Public Library.

interesting libraries

If you are like me, libraries are always on my list of places to visit when I travel.  Okay, so maybe there aren’t that many like me?!? But if you are, I’d love to hear about it! Tell us about the most interesting libraries you’ve visited in the comments.

Ellyssa Kroski found these 7 interesting libraries in NYC!

I’m always looking for new and interesting libraries to visit and lately I’ve come across many right in my own backyard.

Read more here: 7 Obscure and Intriguing NYC Libraries

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This is my 3rd year participating in a blog challenge during the month of April.  The last two years I did the A-to-Z Challenge and my posts can be found by clicking these links:

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