In agreement with the Library Bill of Rights, the Belgrade Community Library provides full collection access to all individuals regardless of origin, age, background, or views. Placing restrictions on DVDs or other material checkout would violate this policy and also be technologically prohibitive.
However, we encourage families to discuss what is best for their children. The definition of suitable and appropriate varies from family to family. Similarly, what’s enjoyable and exciting for one child could be disturbing, offensive, or boring for another child—even in the same family. The library has collected a list of resources that may be helpful for navigating the many different books, DVDs, and websites available. Librarians are also available to help find materials that fit your family’s needs and interests.
|Screen Smart Resources|
|Common Sense Media – Offers family-friendly ratings and reviews on movies, TV, games, music, websites, and books. Ratings are based on social, emotional, and physical development benchmarks as established by research. A forum for family reviews is also available.|
|IMDb – A searchable database of movies and TV entertainment. This resource is useful for viewing previews and reading plot summaries, parent guides, critical reviews, and user ratings.|
|Children’s Cooperative Book Center – The CCBC is a unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Features bibliographies and booklists, including multicultural resources.|
|ALSC Notable Lists – The Notable Children’s Lists include books, videos, and recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrate respect for young people’s intelligence and imagination; exhibit venturesome creativity; and reflect and encourage the interests of children and young adolescents in exemplary ways.|
|Great Websites for Kids – A compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.|
|NetSmartz – Sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, this site provides Internet safety information for kids, teens, parents and educators.|