For immediate release | September 16, 2016

ALSC selects eleven more Great Websites for Kids

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 featuring hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.

The newly added sites are:

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government -

Biz Kids -

canTEEN -

DK Find Out! -

Exploratorium -

Girls Communicating Career Connections -

KidLit TV -

Oh Noah! -

Origami Yoda -

Plum Landing -

Sparticl -

“The Great Websites Committee has chosen eleven new websites to add to its database. Of this round of winners, at least five of the sites are science based, with two that specifically encourage girls to explore STEM careers,” said Lisa Taylor, librarian, Jacksonville (Florida) Public Library, and Alia Shields, librarian, Cherry Hill (New Jersey) Public Library, co-chairs of the Great Websites for Kids Committee. “Many of these additions will also be of interest to educators.”

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 animals; art; history; literature; sciences; and more. Each site entry includes a brief annotation and the recommended grade-level(s). GWS users can rate sites, save their favorites for quick 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 2016 Great Websites for Kids Committee are: Lisa Taylor, co-chair, Jacksonville (Florida) Public Library; Alia Shields, co-chair, Cherry Hill (New Jersey) Public Library; Ariel Cummins, New Braunfels (Texas) Public Library; Jill Eisele, Naperville (Illinois) Public Library; Renee Grassi, Glen Ellyn (Illinois) Public Library; Diane E. Janoff, Queens (New York) Library; Sujei Lugo, Boston Public Library; Beth A. Munk, Kendallville (Indiana) Public Library; and Elizabeth Saxton, Tiffin, Ohio.

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