A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about conducting research and will get reading practice. By searching databases, they'll be able to get experience using keywords to look for information on a topic and will find out which materials offer the most relevant information. The site's summer reading program and list of suggested books also provides reading encouragement. But there isn't much instruction on how to conduct searches or sort through the information they produce. Some kids may find the process intimidating or confusing as a result.
The site encourages kids to read and provides access to items that can help them learn about a variety of topics.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kids.nypl.org is a information-based resource that involves safe, kid-appropriate content. The site links to databases that provide historical and other information that could be useful when researching topics for school assignments -- or just for fun. Some research interfaces, such as Explora Middle School, are specifically geared toward students in a certain grade level. Kids will need a New York Public Library card to access a number of them, though, and the search capabilities may seem a little complex at first glance for younger users.
Is It Any Good?
This library's kids-oriented section links to informational databases, sites with animated storybooks, and other materials kids can use to research or just read for fun. They won't find some of the staff book recommendations, printable coloring pages, or other items the library's previous On-Lion for Kids site featured. The focus now is very much on research resources, along with a summer reading list. They can also find additional materials on the library’s main site, https://www.nycitylib.com/.
The Places to Start Your Research page provides some help narrowing down all the options. But aside from that, the site doesn't offer much instruction on using its search capabilities, which may pose challenges for kids who aren't familiar with conducting online database research. In addition, a fair amount of content is geared toward local library users. One of the section's three main headings involves programs and events taking place at local library branches, and kids will need a New York Public Library card to be able to log in and access all four of the search providers that are listed on the homepage, as well as some that are listed under the articles and databases heading. The databases Kids.nypl.org links to contain good information, and the site is likely a safer place to look for materials than Google or another site that could lead kids to questionable content. But for users who don't reside in New York, some of those searches could end up being a dead end.
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