Guest Author - Leena Kothari
Books are the gateway to a better tomorrow. Libraries are vital cultural and educational institutions. Libraries don't just preserve the knowledge of the past; they contain the seeds of a greater future. These days online libraries are so popular due to easy access of information. Virtual libraries offers collection of books, magazines, newspapers, audio/video resources, reference sources, and services like story hour, and chat with librarian. These are reliable free libraries I came across while surfing on net.
Icdlbooks : Very popular online library offers easy access to books from 41 different languages. This site goes to the next level when comes to global information. They have enormous collection of historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Their goal is to have book of every culture and language so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community. Kids can read almost all languages books online. The site is user friendly, and graphic is very nice.
NPR Library : National Public Radio offers on-line library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information. The browse topics are to the point : News, Politics & Society ,Business, People & Places, Health & Science, Books, Music, Arts & Culture, Diversions. Donít miss out on all of this, itís just a click away.
The Library of Congress : The Library of Congress is the largest library with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The best way to build a better world for our children is introduce them to our libraries and let them learn what our culture has to offer. The site has a good interface that makes it easy to access all the areas of the site. You can also have a chat with a librarian.
The Internet Public Library : The Internet Public Library founded at the University of Michigan School of Information. The main topics are Our world, Computers & Internet, Sports & Recreation, Art, Music & Museums, Reading Zone, Health and so on. They also offer reference resources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs. Information presented in user-friendly interface and appealing graphics. Enjoy the site with your kiddos.
Pbskids : Children's story books will spark a child's imagination . The site aims just to do this with the help of many fun books. Each story leads into an adventure of related games . The site has lots of games, stories and other fun stuff to keep your kids happy for hours.
Childrensbooksonline : I strongly encourage everyone who has children or if youíre still a child at heart then visit this site. Itís a great place for finding solace in times of stress, indulging in the great works of literature for children. All time favorites for everyone. The site is divided into sections according to the level of the reader and also has audio books.