Information and Resources from the CEC & NYPL
Thu, Mar 26 10:18am

Hello PS 107 Families!


Some wonderful information here from both the CEC and NYPL. There are also attachments that include information regarding Regional Enrichment Centers for families who need healthcare, Grab and Go Meal Sites by District and Remote Learning Resources compiled by the Superintendents office. Please take some time to read through in case there are tools you can use.  The NYPL is offering homework help and resources for tutors as an example of some content that may be helpful.


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Stay safe, stay home and wash your hands! - Pamela



Free Meals at Grab & Go Sites

Children and students up to 19 years old are entitled to three meals daily at Grab and Go Sites - that’s one breakfast and two lunches per student! Sites are available all over the city and are listed in the attachment. Use whichever site is convenient for you.
Family Empowerment Resource - Updated Version
Thank you to the amazing District 15 team in Superintendent Skop's office for compiling and providing the 27 page Comprehensive Distance Learning Resources PK-12 attached.
Supporting Students with Disabilities and Multi Lingual Learners
Family guidance for remote learning is available on the DOE websitePlease refer to this site for answers to questions and requests for clarification.  
Regional Enrichment Centers
A safe, enriching place created by the DOE, for children of first responders, to provide remote instruction, three hot meals a day, and childcare; along with art, music, and physical education. Please see the attached flyer for qualifications. 
MTA Service Update
Starting March 25th, subway lines will operate on the “MTA Essential Service Plan.”
Fill out the Census
Census results will help in directing billions of dollars in federal funds to communities for schools, roads, and other public services. Please fill out the Census Form today.
Parent and Guardian Webinar from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Learn about 5 steps for healthy regulation at home. This webinar will discuss how we can grow our emotion regulation skills, and apply them to a variety of situations that are coming your way. Register here.



The New York Public Library is pleased to offer online tutoring to provide families with homework help, enrichment activities, and remote learning support through our partnership with Brainfuse. This partnership is just one of the many ways the Library is expanding its digital resources to New York City families during our temporary closure to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Through Brainfuse, kids and teens in grades K–12 can now access free, remote, one-on-one tutoring in a wide range of subjects and levels—from first-grade math to advanced algebra. Tutoring is offered seven days a week from 2 PM to 11 PM via chat. Services are available in both English and Spanish. Brainfuse also offers a bank of videos, activities, a writing lab, and other resources that are available to students 24/7.

Families can access these tools with an NYPL library card. If you or a family member don’t have a library card, sign up for one using our SimplyE app.

Download SimplyE for iPhone/iPad on App Store
Download SimplyE for Android on Google Play

As New York City schools increasingly turn to digital learning in response to the spread of COVID-19, we hope our expanding digital resources can help support teachers and families during this challenging moment. Our goal is to support a culture of learning, whether that’s in the classroom or in the living room.

Featured Resource

Child listening to headphones and taking notes from laptop study

Free Tutoring Now Available

Beginning today, families with students in kindergarten through 12th grade and an NYPL library card can access tips, activities, and one-on-one tutors through a new partnership with Brainfuse. Tutors are available from 2 PM to 11 PM every day in both English and Spanish. Students can also make use of Brainfuse’s videos, activities, and other learning resources 24/7.
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Resources for Kids & Teens

Young girl reading an e-book in a home setting

Expanded Resources for Kids & Teens

Our Remote Learning Resources for Kids & Teens page is a vital tool for young learners and their parents and caretakers while NYPL is temporarily closed. Check out the updated selection of online resources NYPL offers—we're constantly growing them to meet your needs.
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Now Available from Anywhere: NoveList K–8 Plus

Now you can get book recommendations for children and teens at home, whether you're looking for fiction, nonfiction, or audiobooks. Browse books by genre—and NoveList also allows you to sort by theme, tone, writing style, and illustration, among other criteria. Grades K–8.
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Curriculum-Friendly E-Books for High School Students

Available for both teens and educators, our EBSCO database offers teacher resources, fiction, and nonfiction titles that adhere to Common Core Curriculum standards. Browse everything from classics like Wuthering Heights to at-home study guides across multiple disciplines. Grades 9–12.
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Explore More E-Resources

Test Our New Service: Digital Research Books

Researchers can now search for over one million digitized books in one place with our beta test of a new tool, Digital Research Books. This growing collection has been digitized from research institutions around the world and features access to scholarly works, literary texts, and other primary resources. Try it out from home and give us your feedback.
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Listen to Digital Audio Resources from Home

If you find it difficult to read standard print text, our librarians at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library have compiled a list of remote resources just for you. Use our BARD app, available through the National Library Service, to access talking book and digital braille files with a library card, or choose from a selection of free resources.
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New & Noteworthy

Listen to the Latest Episode of The Librarian Is In Podcast

Tune in to The Librarian Is In, The New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next. In the most recent episode, hosts Frank and Rhonda talk machines, monsters, and Lady Gaga. Subscribe and listen to the whole catalog of past episodes.

#LiteraryMarchMadness 2020: Book Series Edition

This year, our seventh annual Literary March Madness competition pits favorite book series—for kids and adults—against each other and the winner is decided by you!
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Read Selections from Our 125 Books We Love List at Home

We're still celebrating The New York Public Library's 125th Year Anniversary in full force with these selections from the 125 Books We Love list, available as e-books.

Hang in There, Parents: Crafts, Art, and Activity E-Books to Help Keep Your Kids Busy

If you're looking for ideas of things to make and do, the Library has plenty of books to get you started.

Catherine Latimer: The New York Public Library's First Black Librarian

The impact and body of work created by Latimer is significant and lives on today.
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Help Fellow New Yorkers Out by "Returning" Digital Materials as Soon as You're Done

The sooner you return your digital materials, the sooner someone else can use them.
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The SimplyE Collection: Contemporary Digital Gems Available to All (Even Without a Library Card)

The SimplyE Collection is a selection of classics and modern material available to anyone, no library card necessary—and no waiting in a queue either.

Women's History Month Reads: "Ordinary" Women Who Made Extraordinary Contributions

We may not know their names, but we can learn their stories and be inspired by their resolve, their sacrifices and their courage.
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Project Reads: 7 Always-Available Novels that You’ve Always Meant to Read

If you're looking for something to read right away, with no waiting in a long holds queue, might we suggest some public-domain classics that you’d forgotten or always meant to get around to?
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