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LONG LEARNING with the Library

Early Literacy

Learning Begins at Birth When you Talk, Read, and Sing with your child – even before they can use words – you’re helping them learn. Research shows that talking, reading, and singing with your child every day from birth helps build their brains as well as important language, math, reading, and social skills for use in school. Talk, read, and sing with your child in the language you are most comfortable using. Keep at it, you are making a difference!

Building Blocks of Early Literacy Children who begin school with well-developed early literacy skills have greater success learning to read and generally have greater success throughout their school years.

Talking with your child helps build language and vocabulary skills. Find early literacy programs here!

Reading together is the best way to help your child become a strong reader. Singing helps your child hear the sounds in words and build their vocabulary. Writing helps children learn that letters and words represent sounds and have meaning. Playing is how children learn, and how they come to understand their world.

Learning Tip

Parents who regularly interact and talk with their children build their word bank. The more words your child knows, statistically the better academically they will do.

Reading is Fun at All Ages Print Meets Audio Tour Read-along books combine picture books with audiobooks for emergent readers. Audiobooks develop listening skills and quiet concentration, and following along visually while listening can enhance word-recognition ability.

Children push a button to listen and read. VOX Books combine picture books with audio recordings that capture children’s attention and make learning and literacy development fun.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books. They take existing picture books, add animation, sounds, music, and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

OverDrive for Kids is a dedicated collection that displays content only for kids and teens. It can be tailored to include juvenile titles, young adult titles, or both.  Children can browse and borrow books that are age, grade, and reading-level appropriate.

Reading Fact

Re-reading helps children of all ages with greater fluency, allowing them to give more attention to making sense of what they have just read. Re-reading helps children develop greater accuracy in reading.

School Age

da Reading is Fun + mental Reading is a fundamental part of learning. Strong readers become successful learners. From books to eBooks, they’re all available to you at the library or from home with your library card.

Picture Books Sunshine State Readers Battle of the Books/SLAM Sunshine State Readers Jr.

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder Reward Progress: Celebrate a child’s success to reinforce the positive effort.

Get Ahead of the Class The first days of school can be exciting and frightening. These book lists provide parents with positive conversation starters for challenging subjects.


Back to School Jitters


Science Fair Projects


Math Practice


Literacy Skills



Playaway Launchpad: The Pre-loaded Learning Tablet

Playaway Launchpad tablets are designed for children ages 5-10 and contain preloaded educational games in the areas of STEAM, Early Literacy, Science, and Critical Thinking. Children can play educational games without being able to “surf the net.” -        Must be 17 or older to check out Launchpads

-        Limit 5 holds per adult resident library card

-        Devices checkout for 14 days

-        Limit 3 checkouts per adult resident library card

Launchpads may be requested then picked up at any library location.

Student Access to Public Libraries HAAL Pass gives every Hillsborough The Learning Hives offer innovative tools,

County School student access to

classes, and resources for new and experienced

public libraries.

makers, creators, artists, and innovators. Classes are available for all ages at many library locations.  Choose from recording studios, STEAM events, sewing classes, 3-D Printing, and collaborative spaces.

Students can now use their student ID numbers to access articles and homework help, read eBooks, and borrow up to 3 items from any public library in Hillsborough County.


Homework Help Check out these FREE homework resources that you can access from home or the library. Practice tests and eBooks to prepare students for tests such as GED, ACT, SAT, AP, PSAT, and CLEP.  Live, one-on-one tutoring in subjects like math, science, social studies, SAT Prep, and essay writing.  Also available in Spanish. Digital encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, and study aids.


Teen Advisory Board A Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is made up of middle and high school students who have a desire to help their community. Students can earn community service hours by assisting library staff with planning and presenting programming and making other suggestions of how the library can meet the needs and interests of teens.

Find a meeting at a branch near you!

RECORDING STUDIOS Record a song, podcast, or video using professional tools! The C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library re-opened to the public in May 2019 with the third Recording Studio in the library system. The library’s recording studios provide the tools and software to help you create, edit, and publish audio and video projects.

STUDIO LOCATIONS: C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library

John F. Germany Public Library

SouthShore Regional Library

JOIN THE FUN! Find teen events at the library!

Instantly access comics, music, movies, and more with Hoopla!

Creative outlets like art, music, poetry, singing, dance, and rap are powerful ways to let your feelings out and reduce overall stress.


Polish your resume and brush up on your interviewing skills Join our Get2Work: Employment Expo at the Seminole Heights Branch Library on

Saturday, August 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to find library and community resources that will help improve your employability.

Be prepared for the event by using one of these library career resources for job seekers:

Career Transitions is a one-stop shop for job seekers. Explore career paths, search job openings, and create downloadable resumes and cover letters. Adult Education and Career Center provides resume review, one-on-one sessions with career counselors, career assessment, interview tips, and job search information.

Learning Express Career Center is a selfpaced resource featuring tutorials, eBooks, test preparation, and workplace skills development. Â offers free online classes taught by industry experts. Learn how to use the latest workplace software or attain skills and knowledge to launch your career path while working at your own pace.

Good sleep helps with cognition, concentration, productivity, and performance. According to the CDC, adults need 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

Expand your horizons with the library. Plan, pack, prepare, and kick back and relax with our library resources.    

Passport Information Never had a passport? No problem. We offer passport services for new applicants at our Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library and Bloomingdale Regional Library. Find out about making an appointment now.

Language Learning Learn over 70 languages through conversations and films.

eBooks/Audiobooks Travel light by taking travel guides, books, audiobooks, and magazines with you on your favorite device.

Travel offers unique learning opportunities about perspective, humanity, and cultural similarities and differences.

Libraries Cultivate Learners The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative is proud of the role we play in serving a community of lifelong learners. Whether you are beginning your child’s school-readiness journey through Early Literacy classes and picture books, encouraging your student to use library materials and online resources to achieve academic success, developing new workforce skills, exploring new cultures, or discovering a new craft or leisurely activity, the library is your place to transform. No matter what age or stage of growth, we offer a variety of high quality learning experiences, services, and resources to enhance your quality of life. Our continued commitment to inspire lifelong learning is just one of the many reasons why your library system has been recognized as the Florida Library Association’s 2019 Library of the Year. -Lorie Tonti, Manager of Library Learning Experiences

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