ALSC recommends more Great Websites for Kids

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/17/2014

Contact:

Laura M. Schulte-Cooper
Program Officer, Communications
ALSC
lschulte@ala.org
CHICAGO The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.
 
The newly added sites are:
 
Creative Kids Central - http://classicalkusc.org/kids/
Frontiers for Young Minds - http://kids.frontiersin.org/ 
Harry Potter Alliance - http://thehpalliance.org/
Ocean Portal - http://ocean.si.edu/ 
Optics for Kids - www.optics4kids.org/ 
Periodic Table of Elements - http://pt.kle.cz/en_US/index.html
Plaza Sésamo - www.plazasesamo.com/ 
Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe! - www.quarked.org/
 
“Looking for some musical inspiration?  How about a few fun science and book related sites to complement your Summer Reading program? Need to refresh your list of sites in Spanish?  New resources abound in the newest list chosen by the Great Websites for Kids Committee,” said Kimberly Probert Grad, library information supervisor, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library, and Lara Crews, children’s librarian, Forsyth County (N.C.) Public Library, co-Chairs of the Great Websites for Kids Committee.
 
Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to high-quality websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings such as art;  music; computers and technology; geography and maps; museums; mathematics; and much more. Each site entry includes a brief annotation and a grade-level rating. GWS users can also rate sites, save their favorites for easy access, and share sites via social media and email.
 
Members of the ALSC GWS Committee review potential sites for inclusion and vote on the sites to be included. They also regularly check the entire site to ensure currency and re-evaluate sites when necessary.
 
Members of the 2014 Great Websites for Kids Committee are: Lara  Crews, co-chair, Forsyth County (N.C.) Public Library; Kimberly Probert Grad, co-chair, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library; Paige Bentley-Flannery, Deschutes Public Library, Bend, Ore.; Krishna Grady, Darien (Conn.) Library; Joanne Kelleher, Kings Park (N.Y.) Central School District; Edward McCoy, Oakland (Calif.) Public Library; Alia Shields, Cherry Hill (N.J.) Public Library; Lisa Taylor, Barnegat (N.J.) Branch Library; and Katie Scherrer, Connected Communities, Lexington, Ky.