Program Officer, Communications
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children up to age 14. Sites are reviewed and chosen for inclusion by ALSC's Great Websites for Kids Committee. The newly added sites are:
App Inventor – http://www.appinventor.org
Cyberchase - http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/
Duolingo - https://www.duolingo.com/
Code.org - http://code.org
My Garbology - http://www.naturebridge.org/garbology.php
Scratch - http://scratch.mit.edu/
U.S. EPA's RadTown USA - http://www.epa.gov/radtown/index.html
“This round of votes brought a great selection of coding and digital media creation sites for kids, which is exciting. We also worked on expanding our science and language sections,” said Lara Crews, children’s librarian, Forsyth County (North Carolina) Public Library and Kimberly Probert Grad, library information supervisor, Brooklyn (New York) Public Library, co-chairs of the Great Websites for Kids Committee.
Great Websites for Kids (GWS) features links to high-quality websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings from cultures of the world to games & entertainment to weather & environment, and many more. Each site entry includes a brief annotation and a grade-level rating. Users can also rate sites, save 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 database of great sites 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 (North Carolina) Public Library; Kimberly Probert Grad, co-chair, Brooklyn (New York) Public Library; Paige Bentley-Flannery, Deschutes Public Library, Bend, Oregon; Krishna Grady, Darien (Connecticut) Library; Joanne Kelleher, Kings Park (New York) Central School District; Ted McCoy, Springfield (Massachusetts) City Library; Alia Shields, Cherry Hill (New Jersey) Public Library; Lisa Taylor, Barnegat (New Jersey) Branch Library; and Katie Scherrer, Connected Communities, Lexington, Kentucky.