KidsConnect for Parents/Teachers

Welcome to the Parent and Teachers section of the KidsConnect website. Here you can find information to assist your child in their educational needs. Learn about our library resources for student school work, library tours, computers for kids, and government assistance.

School Resources

We have many resources for parents and teachers to help you and the students in your lives in and out of the classroom.

Web InfoPaths

Our Web InfoPaths, School Resources and Services for Schools, provide information and links on a variety of digital resources including Virtual Galleries, eGuides, and databases. You'll also access information on programs and classes, library field trips, storytellers, and other outreach opportunities.

Teacher Connect Virtual Gallery

The Teacher Connect Virtual Gallery contains a wealth of materials and resources for early childhood education, classroom management, lesson planning, homework assistance, and becoming a teacher.

Kindergarten Readiness

Finally, if you've been asking yourself what you and your child need to know to better prepare for entering Kindergarten, then Kindergarten Readiness is the step-by-step guide for you! This guide provides details on what your child is expected to know before going into Kindergarten and what library resources we have that will aid in this preparation.

Computers for Kids

The Children's library offers 24 computers with various capabilities. We have two stations that allow children to search library collections and access online databases. There are also 21 computers with access to the Internet, Microsoft Office Suite, and educational games. One Little Tykes station is designed specifically for toddlers.

Government Services

The McKinney-Vento Program

The McKinney-Vento Program Information & Assistance brochure contains information for family, school, student, and community provided through a collaboration between the Orange, Osceola, and Seminole County Public Schools Homeless Education Departments. In this guide, you'll find contact information related to employment, utilities, health care services, shelter, support, education, mental health services, food, clothing and furniture, housing, after care/child care, and insurance/legal aid services.

The Right Service At The Right Time

If you have a need RIGHT now, the Library can help you find the RIGHT SERVICE. The Orange County Library System presents the RIGHT SERVICE at the RIGHT TIME for residents looking for assistance. Visit this website to discover resources available to you.

Resources About Bullying

Learn the signs of bullying, its impact, and how to prevent it with the Resources About Bullying Web InfoPath. Bullying comes in a wide variety of forms. Some are obvious such as physical or verbal bullying, but types exist that on the surface may not be as noticeable, such as emotional, racist, sexual, or cyberbullying. The government and many organizations are working to address the problem as are individuals and the media.

Children's Initiative

Every Orange County Public Elementary School has a dedicated representative from the Orange County Library System as part of our Children's Initiative. Liaisons can answer questions about library services and make school visits. Call 407.835.7323 to connect to your liaison.

Library Tours

We recommend tours of the Children's Library for children in kindergarten through high school. Youth tours last for approximately 20 minutes. The tour includes the Children's Library, and for groups with youth ages 13 to 18, our teen area, Club Central. Call 407.835.7323 to schedule a visit.

How to Prepare for Your Visit

We have created a suggested reading list, Libraries, Librarians, and Lions, of titles about the Library for children. Before your tour select a few titles to share with your students.

Library Cards

Each child will need his or her own library card to check out books while visiting the Library. Obtaining juvenile library cards requires the signature and ID number of the parent or guardian. Please have students check the status of their library card by calling 407.835.7323 prior to your visit. You can download a library card application to send home with your students.

Lunch

The Library does not have a facility to accommodate group lunches at this time. Some groups choose to have a picnic lunch at Lake Eola Park or Heritage Park in front of the Orange County Regional History Center.

Parking

Please make parking arrangements with your bus driver prior to your visit. Paid parking is available across from the Library in the City of Orlando Library parking garage. Please visit the City of Orlando Parking Division site for current rates and limitations.

Survey

Your feedback is valuable to us and helps us improve our services. If you would take a moment after your group tour to complete our survey, we would appreciate it.