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Turning Huh? into AHA!: Free science and math tutoring from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Got a science or math homework question, and need some help? Call, email or chat live to get free science and math help from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Homework Hotline!

Tutoring is available September-May, Sunday-Thursday 7-10pm, for science and math topics for grades 6-12.

Visit the Homework Hotline website to submit questions by email or chat, or call 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673).

For more information about the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, click here.

Click here for study guides in science and math topics for grades 6 and up.

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Reading Program Comparison Chart

Moving to a new school system that uses a different reading program than your last school?  Check this out to find equivalencies among popular reading programs…


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Lexile Analyzer

Looking for the Lexile Measure of a book?  Try searching for it on

If the book has not been evaluated by Lexile, you can use Lexile’s free analysis tool to find an approximate Lexile measure.

  1. You will need to sign up for a free account first.
  2. Type out a passage from the book you want to analyze that contains at least 100 words and save it as a plain text file (choose the .txt. file type when you save the document in a word processing program, or use a plain text tool like Notepad). TXT
  3. For best results, choose 2 or 3 passages from different points in the book and save them all in one file.
  4. Upload your file to, and view results.



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Did you know…Early Readers Club

ercBrownsburg Public Library is a distribution point for the United Way’s Early Readers Club!  Reading is fundamental to a child’s success, and Early Readers Club makes it easier for parents and caregivers to start their child off on the right track.

Drop off your registration form at the library, then stop by every month from September through May to receive a free picture book for each of your children under 6 years old.

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Back to School: Resources for parents and kids

shutterstock_202980292It’s that time…pencils, paper, notebooks, and backpacks…back to school time.  Here are some resources to help you get your child ready to learn this school year.

If you homeschool, be sure to check out our resources for home educators!





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Technology Rocks: Tactile Books, Early Literacy and 3D Printers

A picture is worth 1,000 words…but what if you couldn’t see it?…

Illustrations support early literacy in various ways–they engage very young readers and hold their attention, they build print motivation (the interest in books and desire to read), they provide contextual clues to help newly independent readers figure out new words and story arcs, they provide a way for adults to talk about the story with their children and develop their narrative skills–all skills children need whether they are sighted or not.

Tactile alphabet systems such as Braille are a well-known adaptation for visually impaired readers, but less widely known is the practice of creating tactile picture books for visually impaired children.  Unfortunately, such books are challenging to design well, and are costly to produce.

goodnight moon

But a team at University of Colorado Boulder is working to create a cheaper, faster way to print tactile picture books using an increasingly common technology (and one found increasingly in library technology labs): the 3D printer.  The Tactile Books Project has created fully tactile versions of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon and Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon, in addition to various picture puzzles, using 3D printers.

To learn more about this project, explore the pages of these newly accessible classics, or sign up for their newsletter, visit the Tactile Books Project website.

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Back to School: Kindergarten

Is your kiddo excited about their first day of “big kid school”? Nervous? Some of both? Try these books to get them ready to go!


I’m Telling You Dex, Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie DavisI'm telling you, Dex, kindergarten rocks!

Dexter knows everything there is to know about kindergarten and is not at all scared about his first day there, but his stuffed dog, Rufus, is very nervous.





Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy CarlsonLook out kindergarten, here I come!

Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.





Tiptoe into Kindergarten by Jacqueline RogersTiptoe into kindergarten

A young preschooler accompanies her big brother to kindergarten and discovers a fun atmosphere, full of blocks and books, paints and puzzles.





The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha WingThe night before kindergarten

In the narrative tradition of “The Night Before Christmas,” shows children from all over town preparing for their first day of kindergarten, imagining what wonders they will see.





The Kissing Hand by Audrey PennThe kissing hand

When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.




My Mom Made Me Go to School by Judy Delton

Archie hates the idea of his first day in kindergarten and everything connected with it, but he ends up going and finds it tolerable.


I Love School! by Philemon SturgesI love school!

A brother and sister describe the things they love to do during their day at kindergarten.

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No Kid Hungry: online/mobile resources to find meals when school is out

rangeThe USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) fills the gap for millions of low-income children who receive free or reduced in-school meal programs during the school year.  The program provides free, nutritious meals for kids at local organizations, like schools, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, churches, summer camps and more, all over the country – all summer long.

How can you find where are meals served?

  • Download Range on your smart phone or tablet.  This is a free mobile app that locates free meal sites, offers contact and program information, and provides directions so you can easily guide a youth to a nearby site
  • Search WhyHunger on an internet-connected laptop or desktop
  • No Kid Hungry: text FOOD to 877-877 to find a site near you



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Coping with Trauma & Disaster

Trauma and disaster situations are difficult experiences for children and their families.  Here are some resources to help you help your child during one of these times.


Books at BPL:

I’ll Know What to Do: a kid’s guide to natural disasters by Bonnie Mark-GoldsteinI'll know what to do : a kid's guide to natural disasters

Provides facts about earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and mud slides and discusses how to deal with and survive a natural disaster





Jenny is Scared by Carol ShumanJenny is scared : when sad things happen in the world

When Jenny and her brother are frightened by events in the world, their parents help them talk about their fears and feel better.




The Mouse Family’s Most Terrifying DayThe Mouse Family's most terrible, terrifying day : helping children cope with terrorism fears by Joan Dunphy

On September 11, 2001, life for the Mouse family changed forever. Malachy and his mother and father were evacuated from their apartment and had to move in with family and the location of Malachy’s school changed. Malachy was afraid and their lives had changed forever.



Why did it happen? by Janice Cohn

With the help of his parents and teacher, a young boy deals with his feelings about the robbery of the neighborhood grocery store. Includes a note to parents.


Every Kid’s Guide to Coping with Childhood Traumas by Joy Berry

Examines different situations that cause varying degrees of emotional or physical trauma and how to deal with each 


Online Resources:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Resources for Coping with Disasters and Trauma

Many free, printable booklets and activity books for children, parents, teachers, and mental health professionals on topics such as natural disasters, accidents, September 11, terrorism, war, and school shootings.  Some focus on children who have experienced these traumas personally, some focus on preparation against disasters, some focus on how to talk to kids about disasters and traumas that they hear about but haven’t personally experienced.  The last section contains information about preparing for and dealing with disasters for caregivers of children with special needs.  Some materials are available in Spanish.

National Childhood Stress Network Resources for Community Violence

Provides a definition for and explanation of how community violence impacts young children.  Provides a checklist to determine whether a child is being affected by community violence, and a reading list for professionals and caregivers.

National Childhood Stress Network Resources on Early Childhood Trauma

Articles on what early childhood trauma is and how impactful it is on children.  Printable resources for families, caregivers and professionals for helping victims of early childhood trauma, and information about treatments and therapies.

National Childhood Stress Network Resources on Natural Disasters

Information about Psychological First Aid for field operations and providers.  Links to online/printable stories for children and resources for caregivers for earthquakes, epidemics, fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and tsunamis.

National Childhood Stress Network Resources for School Violence

Resources for school personnel to initiate assistance at their school following a crisis, as well as online/printable information sheets on these topics:

    • Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after Mass Violence
    • Talking to Children about Mass Violence
    • Tips for Parents on Media Coverage

National Childhood Stress Network Resources for Terrorism

Tips for talking to children about terrorist acts from preschool through teen ages, tips for discussing media coverage, and resources for professionals and caregivers caring for children who experienced terrorist acts personally.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Disaster Resource Center

Tips for talking to kids about disasters, how to know if your child is experienced PTSD or normal grief.  Includes a search tool for finding a local child/adolescent psychiatrist.


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April is Month of the Military Child

Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger in 1986 designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child”.  Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of services provide special days and events to honor the family and their children.

Check out these books about families with parents who serve in the military:

Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Jill Biden

Don't forget, God bless our troops

Natalie, a young girl whose soldier father has deployed to Iraq, tells the reader what life is like for her and her mother in the year that her father is away.



Dear Baby, I’m Watching Over You by Carol Casey

Dear baby, I'm watching over you

Parents in the armed forces assure their children at home, who are doing things that echo what their parents are doing, how much they love and miss their offspring, and how their duties are another way of showing their love.



My Red Balloon by Eve Bunting 

My red balloonA young boy waits with both excitement and apprehension for his father to disembark from the aircraft carrier returning to port after many months at sea.


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