Parents’ Corner

The Alexandria Library knows that raising a child can be a tough job and want to ensure that parents have access to all the tools and resources available to them.  Scroll down to discover what's available to you at the library, around Alexandria and online!

At the Library

Things to Do
School/Head Start Literacy Tools Multilingual Resources

At the Library

Each library has a special collection of materials of interest to parents.  Looking for books on toilet training, bullying or getting your baby to sleep through the night?  The library's got a book for you!  Check out these lists of titles or ask at the children's desk-we'd love to show you more!

Booklist for Consoling Children

Consoling Children


Booklist for Potty Training

Potty Training


Booklist for New Babies in the Family

New Babies 


Booklist for Raising a Reader

Raising a Reader 

Booklist for Math


Booklist for Social Skills

Social Skills


Booklist for Divorce


Booklist for Dealing with Death


Booklist for Adoption


Fun, free activities at the Library!

From storytimes for the kids to workshops on home organization for you, the library has many events and there's never any charge!

Things to Do

Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities

The Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities offers art, sports and cultural activities for the whole family! Find information here about local recreation centers, parks, special events and registering for the latest programs.

Washington Parent Magazine

Features articles written by professionals in the fields of child development, education, arts, special needs and more. Website includes a calendar called "Along the Potomac" that lists hundreds of events and activities for children and parents. The "Parents Bulletin Board" includes resources and workshops for moms and dads.

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School/Head Start

Alexandria City Public Schools

Need to know the kindergarten registration deadline? Confused about the school lottery process? Just want to know more about your child's school? You'll find the answers here.

ACPS Family and Community Engagement Centers

FACE Centers provide free resources and supplemental services for students, parents and community members at regional sites.

The Campagna Center

The Campagna Center provides services that allow children to arrive at school ready to learn. This site includes information on registering for enrichment programs including Head Start and Early Head Start.

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Literacy Tools

Lexile Scores

A Lexile score reflects an individual's reading ability. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, all students are required to take reading tests, and Lexile scores are posted on report cards. This resource finds books based on your child's score and can help improve reading levels.


Grade-level resources with printouts, projects, games, podcasts, and how-tos compiled by several education organizations.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets offers a variety of reading and literacy tips, articles and advice to help parents of struggling readers.

Reading is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental is committed to providing research and information regarding literacy, tips for reading with your child, helping a struggling reader, choosing appropriate books, bilingual and multicultural resources and more.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Program to help boost learning potential by encouraging parents to read to children. Complete with convenient reading logs and recommended reading lists, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten can get you started reading to your child today.

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Multilingual Resources

¡Colorín Colorado!

Working in conjunction with Reading Rockets, this site provides literacy information, activities, and advice specifically for Spanish speaking parents.

Get Ready to Read

Get Ready to Read is designed to support parents of bilingual and/or Learning Disabled children with an emphasis on early literacy skills and kindergarten preparation. Their site includes webinars, online games and activities, digital books, early literacy checklists and more with information offered in English as well as Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Arabic.

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Updated 12/2012