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Person using a braille note taker; additional resources for patrons

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Reading Resources

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​Get Ready to Read

Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns.  

PBS Kids Reading Games

​PBS KIDS is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based entertainment. With a 360-degree approach towards learning and reaching children, PBS KIDS leverages the full spectrum of media and technology to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination, and curiosity. By involving parents, teachers, caregivers, and communities as learning partners, PBS KIDS helps to empower children for success in school and in life.​


The Peter Rabbit Website

The Peter Rabbit Website is dedicated to all things Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter. The website allows users to play interactively with the Beatrix Potter characters we all know and love. Everything from patining, to reading, to journal writing is freely available.  ​​

RIF (Reading is Fundamental) Leading to Reading

Founded in 1966, Reading Is Fundamental is the leading voice for children’s literacy.  We address the alarming literacy crisis in America today through strong leadership, quality content, and an active and engaged community. ​


Sesame Street Online

Mission-driven. Kid Focused. We care about one thing: children. And we’re working to meet their needs in all sorts of ways: educating with great shows and other content full of endearing characters and proven educational value, enriching lives and creating possibilities with social impact work around the world, and building experiences that bring families of all shapes and sizes together. ​

Starfall® opened in September 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read. Since then it has expanded to include language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.​  ​


​The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. 


Storyplace: The Children's Digital Library

For years children and their families have enjoyed attending storytimes, checking out materials and participating in a variety of other programs at the various Charlotte Mecklenburg Library locations. StoryPlace came about to provide children with the virtual experience of going to the Library and participating in the same types of activities the Library offers at its physical locations. First launched in 2000, StoryPlace has been newly redesigned to present favorite stories and activities in a format compatible with desktop and mobile devices. The site also now includes early literacy information for parents and caregivers.  ​​