Online Resources for Kids

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Ypsilanti District Library is pleased to introduce our community to two ONLINE resources for children and their families: Muzzy Online, a language course, and Tumblebooks, a read-aloud storybook resource!  To begin your exploration of these online educational tools, go to our Kids & Parents page.

Once on the Kids & Parents page, look for the Muzzy Online banner and click it.  Developed by the British Broadcasting Corporation, Muzzy is the world’s #1 language course for kids. It features English, Spanish, German, Italian, and French courses.  Loveable Muzzy and his fun friends will guide children on the journey to learning a new language naturally and without effort. Enter your library card number if you are outside the library in order to start enjoying the benefits of Muzzy Online.  The Muzzy program uses a natural immersion approach to language learning. Throughout the stories, activities and games, vocabulary and grammar are presented in new ways.  The unique Muzzy design is effective with all types of learning styles.

Also on the Kids & Parents page, you will see the TumbleBooks banner. Click on it to introduce children to an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooksare created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.  This is a great resource for beginning readers to use to improve their word recognition skills.  Many puzzles and games allow children to interact and practice their skills.  Hundreds of TumbleBooks are available online without using your library card.

YDL is pleased to be able to offer these 21st century electronic aids to create a love of books and languages in young people.  If you have any questions, please call (734) 482-4110 ext. 1340 or contact us online.

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